lotus announces their first motorcycle designed by daniel simon lotus announces their first motorcycle designed by daniel simon
feb 21, 2014

lotus announces their first motorcycle designed by daniel simon

lotus introduces their first motorcycle: the C-01 road ready
all images courtesy lotus motorcycles

 

 

 

developed under the collaborative leadership of racing team kodewa, lotus has announced their first motorcycle: the ‘C-01’ designed by daniel simon. the superbike’s powerunit comes in the form of a V-twin engine and features a distinctive body crafted entirely from carbon fiber, titanium and aerospace quality steel.

 

‘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,’ explains simon. ‘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 C-01 will be available as an exclusive production run of just 100 units, outfitted in a range of liveries which pay homage to lotus’ racing legacy.

lotus introduces their first motorcycle: the C-01 road ready

lotus introduces their first motorcycle: the C-01 road ready

 he superbike’s powerunit comes in the form of a V-twin engine

lotus introduces their first motorcycle: the C-01 road ready

lotus introduces their first motorcycle: the C-01 road ready

 the C-01 features a distinctive body crafted entirely from carbon fiber, titanium and aerospace quality steel

lotus introduces their first motorcycle: the C-01 road ready

  • i mean WTF how is it possible to sit on that bike….
    you got too be a frog, i cant imagine a human sitting on that thing look where the foot racks are…

    Saddle down says:
  • As an old cafe Gold Star rider, I can guarantee you every cop in the country will stop you – just to look at your Lotus. Beautiful.

    Jim

    JimCan says:
  • 2 thumbs up! Congratulations Lotus.More power.

    Tung Cab says:
  • The front end geometry makes me think that it will handle more like a cruiser than a “superbike”.

    Burt Graber says:
  • I need this bike =^^=

    mikka says:
  • ride it? Just look at it, pure pedigree

    peter hooper says:
  • Another stunning Daniel Simon design. The greatest vehicle designer alive! When you see his creations on screen they have a life beyond just being believable–they pop. To see this master’s work brought to life is inspirational.

    JB David says:
  • Well, form certainly does not follow function here. Clearance at the front looks minimal. 2 shocks??? We haven’t had dual shocks on a sportbike since the early 80’s. It seems to be geared towards looks rather than function. I’m not all that impressed by the looks either. Sorry, wish I had something good to say. When I saw the headline I got excited, but then felt disappointed after seeing the pictures.

    Alex says:
  • Overall look is great… Café Racer style, I’m all for it but…

    1) WTF is going on with Coil Springs for suspension??? What, running short on budget? had a brain freeze? Coil springs were discovered in the 15th Century! I would have expected a reputable company such as LOTUS to come up with some flexible carbon fibre/composite material to give the required amount of suspension or something.

    2) Tyre Tread Pattern… LOTUS designers believe that water should run from the OUTSIDE of the tyres to the CENTRE??? try that on your F1 car! LOL

    At least they tried… try harder…

    ModsMods says:
  • Martini racing livery??? Lotus 80 was green and Martini (and was the only one, with the late 79)… a Gold Leaf design would have been so much more coherent!

    Rafi says:
  • It reminds me of a ride on suitcase – I think Mr Simon is taking the piss.
    Is someone going to make these – really?
    Ho hum.

    Adam Brocklehurst says:
  • its bold and reminds me of a Vincent black shadow which I came across suddenly and had the same effect. well done it has the right mix of new and old, and is none American in design.
    glad you have gone back to the twin shocks for road surface definition.

    Parny wallace says:

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