Lotus’ motorcycle debut: the C-01

A limited edition of 100 launches the cinema-worthy superbike

Speed demons hoping that a motorcycle resembling the Batpod will legally hit the roads may be in for a long wait, but in the meantime a silver-screen designer has lent his creative prowess to produce a road-registered limited-edition solution, the C-01, which will be the first motorcycle to carry the Lotus marque.

With a production run of 100, the superbike has spent two years in development and boasts a V-twin engine, six gears and a hydraulic antihopping clutch – plus a price tag of €100,000 (before tax). Its creator is Daniel Simon, a former Bugatti designer whose automotive designs have made it to Hollywood in the form of the Bubbleship that features in the 2013 Tom Cruise film Oblivion, as well as Tron: Legacy’sLightcycles(with which the C-01’s futuristic streamline may well share some roots).


Lotus has given German racing team Kodewa – whose credentials include participating in the FIA World Endurance Championship, plus former runs in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and the European Le Mans series – a licence to design, engineer and produce the 10.5-litre two-wheeler.

The C-01’s aerospace-quality steel, titanium and carbon-fibre chassis comes in sleek black with copper finishes (first picture), silver with vivid red and blue stripes (second picture) and a classic green and yellow Lotus colourway (third picture), but is also customisable, from alternative paintworkto adding a touch more titanium. E-mail registration for the waiting list has just opened, with delivery expected in August.


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