Drawn up by the designer of the Nissan GT-R, the EV Sport 01 comes with rear-mounted motors making 490hp. Read on to find out more.
- All-electric sports car to debut at Goodwood FOS
- Dual motors developing 490hp
- GT-R designer drew up new concept
- Weighs just 1,425kg
- Could become a production model
One thing the electric car market is missing is a lightweight sports car to make the most of the instant torque and crazy acceleration.
Well, with the help of the designer of the Nissan GT-R, AIM – a Japanese company that has raced cars at Le Mans – has announced its first road car, the EV Sport 01, will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
First revealed in April, the EV Sport 01 was designed by Shiro Nakamura, who used to work with Nissan and oversaw the R35 GT-R, Qashqai and Juke projects.
The looks of this two-seater coupe are quite distinctive, as it has a sleek and modern design. With the lights and intakes, it does have a cheerful face if you squint a bit, while it has a smooth shape that will slip through the air that means less air resistance and make the most of the electric power underneath.
It measures just 3.9m long, is 1.9m wide and will easily fit under plenty of parking barriers at just 1.2m tall.
AIM – who raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours race between 2008 and 2010 – has made its name developing electric motors and the EV Sport 01, which is only a concept car at the moment, is running the company’s latest power units.
Two of the APM200 performance motors are being combined here to make 490hp and 740Nm of torque, and with the EV Sport 01 weighing just 1,425kg – where many EVs can weigh well above 1,700kg – performance should be impressive.
That weight includes the 81kWh battery pack, but to keep mass down, AIM has built the car with a tubular aluminium frame and carbon fibre laminate body panels, while the cabin also has multiple carbon fibre components.
As mentioned before, the EV Sport 01 is a design study for now, but after significant interest since its unveiling, AIM is seeing if there’s enough to justify a limited-run production model.