Kodewa Performance Motorcycles, under license by car manufacturer Group Lotus has announced that the prototype of the world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.
“I was one of the first people to ride it and I have to say I was very impressed,” said Güther Holzer, CEO of Holzer Group, one of the supporting developers of the Lotus C-01 motorcycle.
“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.”
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. It should be noted that 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.
The C-01 will be available in a range of liveries 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, superbike collectors and fans of the Lotus brand will need to move fast to secure one.
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.”
Designer Daniel Simon, known for his clean and futuristic concepts and unique designs in the film industry (Tron: Legacy Lightcycle and Oblivion Bubbleship) said, “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.”
The following C-01 specifications are provided by Lotus:
Engine: 1,195cc, l/c, 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine, 75° V-style
Claimed power (approx.): 200 HP
Transmission: 6-gear jaw-type shift transmission
Lubrication: dry sump
Main shaft ratio: 40:76
Lay shaft ratio: 15:41
Clutch: Hydraulic anti-hopping
Fork: Upside down
Suspension: twin strut
Spring travel front: 80mm
Spring travel rear: 70mm
Brake system front: twin disc, ø320mm, four-piston calipers
Brake system rear: single disc, ø220mm, two-piston calipers
Head tube angle: 59°
Fork angle: 54°
Wheelbase: 1.645±15 mm
Ride height: 90mm
Seat height: 710 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 10.5 L
Dry weight: 181 kg
Wheel/tire front: 3.00×19; 120/70 ZR19
Wheel/tire rear: 6.00×17; 190/55 ZR17