Lotus Motorcycles is official.
The iconic British sportscar company that prides itself on shedding weight will shed two wheels and build its first motorcycle. Photos of the bike have not yet been released.
However, we do know it will be called Lotus C-01 and as expected of the former Formula 1 winners, it will be a 200hp sportsbike with racing technology and made of lightweight materials such as carbon, titanium and aerospace steel.
So don’t expect a bargain-priced LAMS bike.
The C-01 is a joint project of the Kodewa racing team, performance company the Holzer Group and Bugatti designer Daniel Simon.
The German has also designed the Lightcycle in the 2010 Disney motion picture ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the Bubbleship used by Tom Cruise in the recent Universal Sci-Fi hit ‘Oblivion’. He also designed the famous black and gold livery of the Lotus LMP2 sports cars.
He refers to the C-01 as “a high-tech monster in a tailored suit”.
“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,” he says.
Julia Spacek, Communications Coordinator, for Lotus Motorcycles has confirmed they will produce and sell the bike.
“The Bike is a very exclusive Cafe Racer with an absolute unique design,” she says.
“The configuration of the engine is V2 with currently 175HP. We are targeting the 185HP to 200HP.
“The bike will be produced only in limited numbers.”