Lotus C-01 motorcycle announced

 Lotus C-01 motorcycle announced
Lotus Motorcycles 23.06.2013

To be a 'hyper bike'

Lotus has established a new company called Lotus Motorcycles which is already working on its first product, the C-01.

Some of the important names within the newly founded firm are ex VW Group designer Daniel Simon, auto racing team Kodewa and Germany's Holzer Group. The C-01 is being described as a "hyper bike" and from what we can see in this official teaser photo it will have a carbon fiber fuel tank with Lotus' black & gold livery.

Details are scarce at the moment, but the C-01 is rumored to have an engine delivering 200 bhp (149 kW) and the motorcycle will be made from a mixture of carbon fiber, titanium and aerospace-grade steel. Daniel Simon will be in charge of design and will take inspiration from the Lotus 49 racecar while "all color schemes pay homage to iconic Lotus racing liveries, such as the dashing black and gold.”

Expect more details in the upcoming weeks.

Lotus Motorcycles to build its own and first ever motorcycle

Lotus Motorcycles was established to design and build the first motorcycle of the iconic car manufacturer. The bike will be named Lotus C-01 and will be the most impressive appearance on public roads on two wheels. It will reflect a combination of lifestyle, design and high end technology.

Lotus Motorcycles is a joint project of Kodewa, car designer Daniel Simon and the Holzer Group. The Lotus C-01 will be a hyper bike with integrated racing technology. It will be manufactured of materials like carbon, titanium and aerospace quality steel, which are also used in Formula 1. Safety, ergonomics and design are the most important factors the design team has put emphasis on. It will be a state of the art motorbike powered by an approximately 200 horsepower engine.

Kodewa has recently built the new sports car Lotus T128 LMP (Le Mans Prototype) and is running the Lotus LMP2 program in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team of Kodewa comprises of experts with a lot of knowledge and experience not only in endurance racing but also Formula 1, DTM and lower formulas.

The unique shapes of Lotus Motorcycles will be penned by renowned designer Daniel Simon. Simon, a former designer for Bugatti Automobiles, has lately been responsible for some of the most sophisticated concept vehicles in Hollywood film history. Amongst his most recognizable contributions are the 'Lightcycle' in the 2010 Disney motion picture 'Tron: Legacy' and the 'Bubbleship' used by Tom Cruise in the recent Universal Sci-Fi hit 'Oblivion'. The German was also designing the famous black and gold livery of the Lotus LMP2 sports cars.

Daniel Simon is known for his clean and holistic concepts. The designer says: "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 never fails to fascinate, and so does the unique idea of the C-01."

Within the Holzer Group, the Performance GmbH is involved in the development process. The components made of titanium, carbon fibre and aerospace steel will be produced by RPC GmbH, which is also part of Holzer Group and Kodewa. Latest CNC machines linked with CAM workstations ensure highest precision and optimal workflow of the complex procedures. Because of quality inspections before, during and after the production process, a safety-related and faultless production is ensured.

In the next few weeks, images of Lotus Motorcycles will be released and will give a first insight into what to expect from the new Lotus C-01.

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Comments (7)

a lot of car manufacturers also make bikes and i'm interested to see how this comes out
Jun 24, 2013 3:46 am
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An occasional high tech motorcycle once in a while would not be bad. The motorcycle has really been evolving recently and the performance is unbelievable.
Jun 23, 2013 2:17 pm
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True. I wonder will it be able to knock the BMW S1000RR of its perch as the number 1 hyper bike?
Jun 24, 2013 5:11 am
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World car fans not work motorbike fans
Jun 23, 2013 8:06 am
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Yes, but this is a major announcement.
Jun 23, 2013 8:09 am
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Silver Arrow
This is important news.. Lotus is a car producer and it's involvement on the motorcycle market is more than worthy to be mentioned. I can see no point in your objection. It is quite interesting this tendency even if the pattern is not fully traced. Audi bought Ducati, in which Mercedes had an interest right 'before' the takeover.. I will not talk about BMW ..a long tradition there.. but with Lotus now.. we get to a number of 3. I can forsee a Mercedes involvement on the motorcycle market in the next 10-20 years..
Jun 23, 2013 3:31 pm
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You obviously know nothing about cars idiot.
Feb 19, 2014 7:41 pm
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