Pure luxury: Lotus motorcycles’ C-01

Designed by Daniel Simon, new lightweight C-01 superbike is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Dr Colin kolles.

Concept designer, author, and producer, with professional roots as a senior designer at Bugatti and Volkswagen, Daniel Simon, has done an amazing job again. He is best known for the ‘Lightcycle’ in the 2010 Disney motion picture ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the ‘Bubbleship’ used by Tom Cruise in the Universal sci-fi hit ‘Oblivion’. I can freely say that this is one of the most beautiful motorcycle nowadays.

The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. 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.” The bike’s geometry and construction is the work of Holzer, a company that has had a hand in designing several Moto One and Moto Two world championship motorcycles.

The limited edition (100 only) 180 kg Lotus C-01 is powered by a 200 hp, 75 degree v-twin Rotax motor similar to that used in the KTM RC8R superbike. The world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.

This stunning piece of art was inspired by the legendary Lotus 49 Formula One car of the late 1960s. “Conventional bike design avoid most styling trouble with very modular thinking, meaning each part like a gas tank, seat, tail, and fairing have their own lives, even if they come together in great harmony,“ said Simon.