The Lotus C-01 is finally ready for the road! Dr Colin Kolles of Kodewa, Holzer Group, and German designer Daniel Simon have taken two years of planning and development to complete this superbike project, all under license from Group Lotus plc..
The new lightweight Lotus C-01 is powered by a 1195cc 75-degree V-Twin Rotax engine similar to that used in the KTM RC8R. The engine comes with a bore of 105 mm and stroke of 69mm, and with the touch of Kodewa’s hands, the engine now has a total output of almost 200 hp. The power is transfered the rear wheel through chain final drive, six-speed gearbox and wet hydraulic clutch.
The C-01’s stunning bodywork was designed by Daniel Simon, the creator of the Tron LightCycle, while its geometry and construction is the creation of the Holzer Group. Its body is wrapped in a carbon fairing with openings for the crankcase cover, air intake and an exhaust outlet. As you can see from the pictures, some of the available liveries are pay homage to Lotus’ iconic racing heritage.
The Lotus C-01 has a dry weight of only 399 pounds, thanks to its monocoque chassis which is made up of carbon fiber, titanium and aircraft-grade steel. This lightweigh superbike has a seat height of about 28-inch, and its suspension is is comprised of an upside-down frot fork with 80mm of travel and twin rear shocks with 70mm of travel. With 59° head tube angle, the C-01 has a long 64.8-inch wheelbase, which is 10-inch longer than a real street-legal superbike.
The production of the 2014 Lotus C-01 will be limited to 100 units only.
Here are the available specs and pictures of the 2014 Lotus C-01: