The Lotus C-01 prototype motorcycle is now ready for the road, Kodewa Performance Motorcycles has disclosed. Sports car maker Group Lotus plc has granted Kodewa a license to build the C-01 motorcycle, which merges power provided by a V-twin engine with a distinctive body – made from carbon fiber, titanium and aerospace quality steel -- designed by Daniel Simon.
The C-01 motorcycle is not designed, engineered or produced by Group Lotus plc but is a fruit of collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Colin Kolles. The development on the C-01 was implemented with the backing of Holzer Group and designer Daniel Simon. Engineers have designed a distinct high performance superbike that will be available with a number of liveries, some of which pay homage to Lotus’ sporting pedigree.
Customers could also opt to personalize their own Lotus C-01. Kodewa will only build 100 Lotus C-01s, which means that securing one would be a challenge for both superbike fans and collectors. The idea to build the C-01 originated from Kolles.
“We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion,” Kolles said. “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.”
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.”
Lotus described the new C-01motorcycle as an amalgamation of design, lifestyle and high end technology. The design team at Lotus Motorcycles -- a joint project of Kodewa, car designer Daniel Simon and the Holzer Group – penned the Lotus C-01 to be a hyper bike boasting of racing technology.
Made from materials used in Formula 1 -- like carbon, titanium and aerospace quality steel – the Lotus C-01 will be served by a 200-hp engine.
Composed of experts having vast knowledge and experience in endurance, Formula 1 and DTM racings, Kodewa recently introduced the Lotus T128 LMP sports car (Le Mans Prototype). [source: Kodewa]