New Lotus C-01 motorcycle gets a 200hp V-twin

Former Volkswagen senior designer Daniel Simon is applying the finishing touches before the bike is released

Posted: 9 January 2014
by Luke Bowler

LOTUS' upcoming C-01 motorcycle will be powered by a borrowed V-twin engine that makes 170hp as standard but will be tuned to 'almost 200hp'.

According to a source, the C-01 has already done several 1000kms of road testing.

There are reportedly two bikes under test, one with bodywork fitted - rumoured to be made of carbon fibre - and one without.

Details are thin on the ground but a spokesperson has said they plan to release more information towards the end of February.

The spokesperson told us that Lotus is waiting for head designer Daniel Simon - creator of the Tron LightCycle - to finish some 'styling tweaks'.

The spokesperson said: "He's looking into the smallest details to make it perfect."

"The bike is sharp and handles very well though" he added.

The C-01 is a joint venture between Holzer Group tuning and Kodewa racing team, both of which are based in Germany.

Kodewa has been in charge of the Lotus LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2) car which appears to be the only link between the two automotive companies.

Official pictures are yet to be released.

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So its not a lotus then.

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 17:30

lotus haven't used their own engines in their cars for decades. Lotus DNA is summed up in their motto "simplify and add lightness"

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 20:03

It is as much a Lotus as Norton's 2012's TT entry was a Norton. Paint and stickers.

Not sure how you 'add lightness'.... surely you remove weight? :)

It's Friday... I am being picky.

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 05:51

Not a Real Lotus then, crap story.

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 05:58

The Lotus name is being pimped out all over the world. At least it keeps the name going...

I would say that Norton using an Aprilia engine is scandal, but the RSV4 lump is so good and sounds the b****x.... so its a masterstroke IMO.

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 14:35

Lotus toasters next... to compete with KTM and Suzuki.
Perhaps there could be a 'Toaster TT' 2015

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 01:48

Bangkok -- the odd phrase was coined by Chapman (lotus founder) because other F1 teams wanted to know what he was adding to his Jim Clark F1 cars to make them faster than everyone else. What newfangled tech was he incorporating? How was he doing it.

agree about the stickers comment, unless Lotus Engineering are involved (?)
F1 Lotus is a purely vinyl exercise.

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 11:58

thanks for the insight :)

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 05:47

Edited out 

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 12:41

Seen the pics? Bleurgh. They say it handles, but in the pictures the front end has a really lazy rake. Not a bike for bikers. This is for ponces with too much cash. I bet half of them go straight into collections.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 22:10

Another £££mega bike for millionaire to impress their mates with. 99% will go showroom -> mansion -> St@rF@cks -> to collection garage.... 200 miles on clock after 10 years then straight to -> Bonhams palm beach.

Not a motorcycle it's an irrelevance. Not a Lotus It's a chararde. Not a sportsbike, a pimped up straight line cruiser,

Prada handbags or Louis Vitton or any of the "Mayfair Marques" could have put their logo on it and these air-heads would have bought it!

Embarrassing - I would have said Colin Chapman would be revolving in his grave but he was not adverse to a quick buck!!!

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 10:36

The C-01, designed by Daniel Simon, the guy behind the Lightcycles and the Tron Film reboot. It was NOT built by Lotus, but a combined effort of the German motorsports firms Kodewa and the Holzer Group. They only licensed the Lotus name.

200 bhp from a modified air cooled KTM 1,195cc engine and as good as no fairing offers crap weather protection or more importantly the air breaking your neck and hands being ripped off the bars, still the silly mirrors will protect the knees whilst giving a good view of them. Fork angle is 52 degrees so it’s obviously a straight line speed bike and doubtful in the corners. Extras include NO traction control, No ABS and a single seat all seems ludicrous for a bike with a $130,000 (approx £87,000) price tag. They believe they can justify building 100 of them... If Lotus (Loads Of Trouble Usually Serious) have financial problems (not issues) and struggle to keep an under developed F1car on the grid can anyone tell me WHY? The image won’t help and if they think otherwise read the blogs yourself and see how many are less impressed than impressed... I could have done better!

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 21:12

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