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180 kg Lotus C-01 motorcycle to use 200 hp 1200cc V-twin

180 kg Lotus C-01 motorcycle t...
Wearing one of the most revered names in motorsport, the Lotus C-01 certainly looks the part, with styling and paintwork that immediately identify the heritage of the brand, translating it successfully from four-wheels to two-wheels.coming years.
Wearing one of the most revered names in motorsport, the Lotus C-01 certainly looks the part, with styling and paintwork that immediately identify the heritage of the brand, translating it successfully from four-wheels to two-wheels.coming years.
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The Lotus C-01
Wearing one of the most revered names in motorsport, the Lotus C-01 certainly looks the part, with styling and paintwork that immediately identify the heritage of the brand, translating it successfully from four-wheels to two-wheels.coming years.
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Wearing one of the most revered names in motorsport, the Lotus C-01 certainly looks the part, with styling and paintwork that immediately identify the heritage of the brand, translating it successfully from four-wheels to two-wheels.coming years.
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The three main liveries of the Lotus C-01
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Lotus C-01 Specifications
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Lotus C-01 Specifications
Holzer Group's Lotus LMP2 car
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Holzer Group's Lotus LMP2 car
Daniel Simon was involved in designing the Hermes Bugatti Veyron
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Daniel Simon was involved in designing the Hermes Bugatti Veyron
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Another of Daniel Simon's outrageous designs
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Holzer Group has been involved in many successful race bike developments
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Holzer Group has been involved in many successful race bike developments
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The Holzer Lotus LMP2 team at Le Mans in 2013
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The Holzer Lotus LMP2 team at Le Mans in 2013
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Daniel Simon's Oblivion Bubbleship from the Universal Pictures movie, Oblivion
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Daniel Simon's Oblivion Bubbleship from the Universal Pictures movie, Oblivion
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David Simon's Tron Lightcycle from the movie Tron Legacy
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David Simon's Tron Lightcycle from the movie Tron Legacy

Lotus Motorcycles has released the first images of its new lightweight C-01 superbike, produced by a collaboration of motorsport veterans led by Dr Colin Kolles of Kodewa, with support from the Holzer Group, all under license from Group Lotus plc.

The C-01's external bodywork has been crafted by acclaimed designer Daniel Simon while the bike's geometry and construction is the work of Holzer, a company that has had a hand in designing several Moto One and Moto Two world championship motorcycles, not to mention Formula One and LMP2 cars. So apart from the name that carries so much gravitas, the team behind it comes with serious credibility too. The limited edition (100 only) 180 kg Lotus C-01 is powered by a 200 hp, 75 degree v-twin Rotax motor similar to that used in the KTM RC8R superbike.

The Lotus C-01
The Lotus C-01

Wearing one of the most revered names in motorsport, the Lotus C-01 certainly looks the part, with styling and paintwork that immediately identify the heritage and provenance of the brand, yet translate it from four-wheels to two-wheels, and that's not surprising given the portfolio of Simon, a designer we're certain to see interpret many well known brands in coming years.

David Simon's Tron Lightcycle from the movie Tron Legacy
David Simon's Tron Lightcycle from the movie Tron Legacy

Simon is a former designer for Bugatti, but is best known for the ‘Lightcycle’ in the 2010 Disney motion picture ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the ‘Bubbleship’ used by Tom Cruise in the Universal sci-fi hit ‘Oblivion’. The German is also responsible for the black and gold livery of the Lotus LMP2 sports cars.

Daniel Simon's Oblivion Bubbleship from the Universal Pictures movie, Oblivion
Daniel Simon's Oblivion Bubbleship from the Universal Pictures movie, Oblivion

Simon says of his most recent work: "With the Lotus C-01, we have only one ambition: to create a unique state-of-the-art machine that carries its brutal forces with elegance and style, a high-tech monster in a tailored suit. The C-01, with all its top notch components and materials, is first and foremost emotional, heartbreaking, at times playfully retro, and always clearly a Lotus. Lotus is a glamorous name with a rich history, and the C-01 celebrates it proudly: the shapes of the marvelous Lotus 49 were a main inspiration, and all color schemes pay homage to iconic Lotus racing liveries, such as the dashing black and gold. The intersection of past and future always fascinates, and so does the unique idea of the C-01.”

The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. Speaking about the project he said: “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.”

Holzer Group has been involved in many successful race bike developments
Holzer Group has been involved in many successful race bike developments

Commenting on the C-01 Güther 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.”

Most other available details of the new C-01 are contained in the spec sheet, which is reproduced here in its entirety. No price has yet been released, but don't bother asking unless you are a person of very independent means.

Lotus C-01 Specifications
Lotus C-01 Specifications

15 comments
DemonDuck
...but then they ruin it by putting a fat, rumpled, old human on it....
BT
That would do a 0-60 around 3.1 0-100 5.5, very neat style. I'd turn into a tumbling metal meat popsicle though so I'll pass :)
PaulYak
I love it, not because it's especially beautiful (to my eyes/brain), though it is stunning in a high tech way, if that makes sense. I really like the fact they haven't judged the other boring mainstream makers as the benchmark, they've made it better. I have written letters to Honda etc complaining about bikes using the exact same styles, layouts, power outputs for way too long. When I started riding Honda brought out the VF750, v4, water cooled, anti dive brakes (on my vf400rr) though ppl didnt like them, I loved using them. I think by now bikes could have elec motors in front hubs to pull us out of trouble (especially off rders), hybrid/hydrogen/thorium batteries etc etc....come on bikers get shouting and maybe they'll change the game again for us. What about a hover bike, rides 2 feet off road and flies over accidents....lol. I hope you understand where I'm coming from, bikes are fun, crazy, fast, rebellious, gorgeous, dangerous, amazing.....
Boondocks
How sad and depressing that Lotus, founded by a true visionary (Colin Chapman) can turn out what is effectively a polished t*rd. There is nothing new on this extremely conventional bike (even the paint schemes are ironic vintage "tribute"). Chapman's designs were all about lightness, simplicity and making things get round a track as fast as possible. This is the antithesis of Chapman's ideal. A true tribute to his vision would have started from nothing, thrown out the century-old motorised bicycle layout, placed the rider in the best ergonomic and aerodynamic position and built the rest of the vehicle around them. The Peraves Monotracer is doing it right. This is doing it wrong!
Sergius
By the way, what the motorcycle aficionados say?
Captain Danger
Looks great! Like a high tech version of a Norton manx
Thomas Lychywek
This is the BEST scientific Newsletter I have ever found. I would like to share it with you all. Enjoy
Keith Reeder
"Like a high tech version of a Norton manx" It couldn't be less like a Manx Norton - they were designed from the ground up for handling. TO GO ROUND CORNERS. This Lotus will be abysmal in the bends.
Island Architect
Wow! Syd Meade would be thrilled... right on target! b
Martin Hone
Hey Demon Duck, that's a bit harsh... ."..but then they ruin it by putting a fat, rumpled, old human on it...." Mike and I resemble those remarks.......