The C-01 – the first motorcycle to bear the Lotus marque – has been officially revealed by Kodewa Performance Motorcycles after two years of development, with the first prototype now road-registered and ready.
Powered by 200 hp V-twin engine, the C-01 has a sleek, distinctive body that integrates carbon fiber, titanium and aerospace quality steel.
The bike was designed by Daniel Simon, the German concept designer, known for his book Cosmic Motors and his vehicle designs featured in movies like TRON: Legacy and Oblivion.
The C-01 will be produced in a very limited series of 100 units, each available in a wide range of styles, some of which pay homage to Lotus’ sporting pedigree. A customization service will also be available, limited only by “the imagination of the client.”
The design of the C-01 makes it instantly recognizable as a work of Daniel Simon, who creates sleek and extreme yet harmonious proportions using a clean surface treatment inspired by the classic beauty of sportscars and racing cars from the past.
Simple geometric shapes and lines are combined in a rational, balanced way, conveying a strong sense of advanced technology and power through a bold graphic identity and stance rather than using razor-sharp lines and aggressive shapes.
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.”
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.”
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.”
With a long history in motorsport, including the German Touring car Championship DTM, German Rally Championship and Formula 1, Kodewa has worked recently with Lotus on the newly built Lotus T128 LMP (Le Mans Prototype) and will be running the car in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The team of Kodewa comprises of experts with knowledge and experience in endurance racing, Formula 1, DTM and lower formulas.
(Source: Lotus Motorcycle / Kodewa)