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 inthe meantime a silver-screen designer has lent his creative prowessto produce a road-registered limited-edition solution, the C-01, which will bethe first motorcycle to carry the Lotus marque.

With a production run of 100, thesuperbike has spent two years in development and boasts a V-twinengine, 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 whoseautomotive designs have made it to Hollywood in the form of the Bubbleship that features in the2013 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, plusformer 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, titaniumand 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 addinga touch more titanium. E-mail registration for the waiting list has justopened, with delivery expected in August.