A roadster designed by AIM in the manner of Japan

As the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed approaches, the horizon becomes alive with anticipation for an array of thrilling vehicles, ranging from renowned manufacturers to those yet to be discovered. Among the latter, the EV Sport 01 takes center stage, a creation of the Japanese automotive technology and engineering firm AIM Company Limited. This concept vehicle stands as a testament to the art of driving, featuring a sleek roadster design and propelled by a dual-motor electric rear-wheel drive system.

A set of dramatic butterfly doors

Truth be told, we’re not sure the 154-in (390-cm) EV Sport 01 has the pure drivability or mood-boosting zoom-zoom to become the Mazda MX-5 Miata, or even Honda S2000, of the electric era. But it certainly has the same level of simple, effortless style, a siren call to anyone with a driver’s license and pulse.

Nakamura said the design team was inspired by European and Japanese sports cars from the 1960s

The EV Sport 01’s smooth-flowing look comes courtesy of former Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura and his firm SN Design Platform. It strikes us as rather Porsche 911-like up front, albeit with inflated levels of volume and a sturdy, ground-skimming foundation of splitters and side skirts. From the front, the centralized glasshouse feels like it’s floating between the front-to-back side bulges, flowing gradually in back to the precipice of an abrupt Kamm tail brought to life with a digital logo and quad-split oval taillights.

AIM presents a Japanese RWD roadster for the electric era

Below its carbon-fiber-laminate skin, the EV Sport features a carbon tub chassis with tubular aluminum subframes pinned to the wheels via front and rear double wishbones. All that carbon and aluminum keeps weight down under 3,150 lb (1,428 kg). The concept rolls on 20-in wheels with 235/35 ZR20 front and 275/30 ZR20 rear tires.

The EV Sport 01 concept is more a display case for AIM’s APM200 electric motor, two of which drive the rear wheels. With power flowing forth from the 81-kWh lithium battery pack, the motors combine for 483 hp (360 kW) and 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) of torque.

AIM presents a Japanese RWD roadster for the electric era

“The vision for the AIM EV Sport 01 was fast and enjoyable to drive,” said AIM president and CEO Yukinori Suzuki. “While the mainstream trend for EVs is AWD, the character of this car called for a RWD configuration. Having created our own series of advanced electric motors, the AIM EV Sport 01 is also the perfect way to showcase our expertise in advanced powertrain development.”

Driver-focused cockpit with a mix of physical and digital gadgetry

AIM first revealed the EV Sport 01 concept in April and will give it a dynamic debut at Goodwood, where Suzuki will pilot the car up the hill. While the aim is clearly to advertise the APM200 motors and AIM’s technical capabilities in the EV space, the company is testing the car and investigating the potential for a limited series production run.

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