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Lotus C-01

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The Lotus C-01 is perhaps one of the most beautiful modern motorcycles ever created.

The C-01 combines ample power via a V-twin engine with a distinctive body designed by Daniel Simon integrating carbon fibre, titanium and aerospace quality steel.

The C-01 motorcycle is not designed, engineered or produced by Group Lotus plc but is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Dr Colin Kolles. The development on the C-01 was carried out with the support of Holzer Group (co-owners of Kalex) and design guru Daniel Simon. Drawing on their wealth of motorsport experience, the team of engineers has designed a unique high performance superbike.

Following two years of careful planning and intense development, Kodewa is delighted to announce that the prototype of the world’s first Lotus motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.

Lotus C-01- black side view

Kodewa has been granted a license to produce the motorcycle by Group Lotus plc, the world renowned sportscar manufacturer and engineering consultancy.

The C-01 will be available in a range of colors some of which pay homage to Lotus’ sporting pedigree. A customisation service is also available, limited only by the imagination of the client. With an exclusive production run of just 100 units.

The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. Speaking about the project 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.”

Lotus C-01- green black white side view

Commenting on the C-01 Günther Holzer, CEO of Holzer Group said: “I was one of the first people to ride it and I have to say I was very impressed. Together we have found that delicate balance between raw, aggressive power and breath-taking handling. The team has created something very special, it looks incredible, it sounds fantastic but above all, the ride is sensational. I’m very happy.”

Thanks to the use of carbon fiber and lightweight metals, the C-01 comes in at a claimed 399 pounds without a rider, fuel, and oil–substantially lighter than the V-Rod–and on par with the fastest superbikes in the world.

Trying to balance style, functionality, and engineering was the biggest challenge for the Simon and the builders. The design brief called for an ultra low profile and a “visual lightness” that would obfuscate the C-01′s considerable size.

Lotus Motorcyles C-01

Engine

Construction: 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine, 75° V-style
Capacity: 1,195 cm³
Bore: 105 mm
Stroke: 69 mm
Power Approx: 200 HP
Transmission: 6-gear jaw-type shift transmission
Lubrication: Dry sump lubrication
Main shaft ratio: 40:76
Lay shaft ratio: 15:41
Clutch: Hydraulic anti-hopping clutch
Ignition: Full electronic engine management with digital adjustment of the ignition

Chassis

Frame: Aero tech steel/Titanium/Carbon fibre frame
Fork: Upside down
Suspension strut: Twin suspension strut
Spring travel front: 80 mm
Spring travel rear: 70 mm
Brake system front: Twin brake disc, ø320mm, four piston calipers
Brake system rear: One brake disc, ø220mm, two piston calipers
Chain: X-Ring resp. O-Ring
Head tube ang: 59°
Fork ang: 54°
Ride height: 90 mm
Height of seat: 710 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 10.5 l
Dry weight: approx. 181 kg

 

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Perhaps The Most Beautiful Motorcycle Ever Created.
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