British sportscar maker Lotus is getting into the world of two-wheel motorsports, the brand unveiled today the first photos of the Lotus C-01 high-performance motorbike. However, Lotus will not be manufacturing the superbike, German racing firm Kodewa has been granted a license to produce the motorcycle. With a distinctive body designed by Daniel Simon, famous for his work with Bugatti, the C-01 will be powered by a 2-cylinder 4-stroke, 1,195-cc V-twin engine, with power claims of almost 200 horsepower. The chassis is made up of steel, titanium and carbon fiber.
“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. 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.” – said Designer Daniel Simon
[ Source: Lotus Motorcycles ]