Lotus C-01



  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
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°
Wheel base:   1.645±15 mm

The images you see above come from Motorcycle News in the UK and are apparently official renderings of what the upcoming Lotus C-01 motorcycle will look like. As you can see, it's sort of a power cruiser, with a raked-out front end and extremely wide rubber out back.

Power will reportedly come from a liquid-cooled V-twin engine sourced from KTM, similar to the one used in the Austrian's brand's own RC8R, but tuned to produce around 200 horsepower. It appears that the powertrain and all its related necessities will be housed in a carbon fiber monocoque (whether the bodywork serves as a stressed member or not, we can't say) in a traditional-looking black, exposed carbon fiber weave and yellow color scheme.

Source MCN lotus-motorcycles.com


Only 100 examples of the Lotus C-01 were built, it was a motorcycle that appeared to come out of nowhere in 2014 when it was announced by German racing team Kodewa (now ByKolles Racing), German motorsport and aerospace company Holzer Group, and acclaimed industrial designer Daniel Simon.

The Lotus C-01 looks like no other motorcycle ever made, it’s powered by the same 1195cc liquid-cooled 75º V-twin engine used in the KTM RC8R. This engine has double overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, a 13.5:1 compression ratio, 90 ft lbs of torque, twin sparks, electronic fuel injection, and a 6-speed transmission.

The motorcycle was built under official license from Lotus, but the British sports car maker had little if anything to do with the actual design and construction of the bike.

Thanks to extensive use of titanium, a carbon fiber body shell, and an aerospace quality steel-trellis frame, the C-01 tips the scales at 181 kilograms dry, or 399 lbs. Everything about the bike is top shelf, including Öhlins twin shock absorbers at the rear Sachs forks up front, twin discs on the front end with 4-piston Brembo brakes, and the exceptionally lightweight 19 inch carbon fibre wheels front and back.

The designer, Daniel Simon, drew from the iconic Lotus 49 for inspiration. This was one of the most important Formula 1 cars in history, the first powered by the Ford Cosworth DFV engine, that was itself made because Colin Chapman talked Ford into building it. The car won the title in its debut year of 1967 and would continue winning races right up into 1970, as many of the other teams scrambled to copy it.

In the spirit of the Lotus 49, the Lotus C-01 has no electronic rider aids. There’s no ABS, no traction control, and no stability control. Much like its vintage F1 forebear, control of the motorcycle is entirely down to the human pilot.

Daniel Simon is a former Bugatti designer who has become famous for his futuristic creations including the Tron Lightcycles from the 2010 film, and the “Bubbleship” used by Tom Cruise in the recent Universal sci-fi hit “Oblivion”.

Whilst some commentators derided the original concept for its long wheelbase and 52º rake, the journalists who actually had a chance to ride it had overwhelmingly positive feelings about the Lotus and its handling. It has developed by two German companies famous for their work in Formula 1, DTM, Le Mans prototype racing, rally, and a slew of other racing series.

This disconnect between guesswork based on visual appearance and actual on-road performance was similar to the reception of the Ducati Diavel. Initial spy shots of the prototypes were widely derided, but the media reception once people actually got to start riding it was mostly positive and occasionally effusive.

The C-01 has been compared with the Diavel, as well as the new Royal Enfield Concept Kx which was possibly partially inspired by the Lotus.

Source silodrome.com