Lotus released a fresh batch of images of the C-01, the company’s first ever motorbike. Before you file this under ‘That’ll Never Ever Happen’, hold on, the C-01 is real. Kodewa the German based company who build Lotus’s Le Mans race car is in charge of this two-wheeled project and they have confirmed that a prototype is road registered.
The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. “We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both: state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.”
The C-01 is penned by designer Daniel Simon, famed for his work on the Light Cycles in Tron:Legacy. The chassis integrates carbon fiber, titanium and aerospace quality steel to keep the weight to 181kg (400lbs). Matted to this beautiful body is the engine a modified version of KTM’s 1,195-cc 4-stroke V-twin engine, good for 200bhp, and is said to have considerable performance.
Designer Daniel Simon said: “The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love, there were many challenges, ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me. We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics.”
Commenting on the C-01 Günther Holzer, CEO of Holzer Group said: “I was one of the first people to ride it and I have to say I was very impressed. Together we have found that delicate balance between raw, aggressive power and breath-taking handling. The team has created something very special, it looks incredible, it sounds fantastic but above all, the ride is sensational. I’m very happy.”
The color schemes pay homage to Lotus’ sporting pedigree and include the traditional British racing green, the John Player Special black and gold and the white Martini livery. Unfortunately only 100 of these bikes will be made, so if you do want one, you will have to get in line as they go in sale in the next two months.