Lotus is getting into the world of two-wheel motorsports, announcing today that the brand will be producing a new motorcycle called the Lotus C-01.
It looks like Lotus will lend its name to the project, with the real work being put in by Holzer Group, the company that will be responsible for development, production and assembly of the bike. Kodewa, a German based race team, is also involved with the bike.
The design for the C-01 will come from former Volkswagen and current Hollywood designer Daniel Simon, who is responsible in part for the Bugatti Veyron, and creations like the Tron: Legacy vintage light cycle. So far, all we have is the teaser image seen above, which shows off a carbon fiber gas tank complete with Lotus black and gold livery.
Other information on the bike is limited, though the brand did drop a few hints. Titanium, carbon fibre and aerospace steel are said to be incorporated in what Lotus calls the “hyper bike.” For power, Lotus estimates the engine will make 200 hp, but there is no mention of what the motor will be.
“With the Lotus C-01, we have only one ambition: to create a unique state-of-the-art machine that carries its brutal forces with elegance and style, a high-tech monster in a tailored suit,” says Simon. “The C-01, with all its top notch components and materials, is first and foremost emotional, heartbreaking, at times playfully retro, and always clearly a Lotus.”
Lotus says that in the next few weeks, more picture and information will become available regarding the C-01.
“Lotus is a glamorous name with a rich history, and the C-01 celebrates it proudly: the shapes of the marvelous Lotus 49 were a main inspiration, and all color schemes pay homage to iconic Lotus racing liveries, such as the dashing black and gold. The intersection of past and future always fascinates, and so does the unique idea of the C-01,” finished Simon.
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