After two years of development, Kodewa and Lotus have teamed-up to turn this whacky prototype into Lotus’ first production motorcycle. Motorsport design company Kodewa has been granted a license to produce a limited run of 100 bikes, featuring v-twin power, a load of carbon fibre and aerospace technology. It certainly looks like it might takeoff.
Finer details are a little sketchy at the moment but they claim 200bhp (so probably around 160bhp at the wheel) from the 1195cc lump and a dry weight of 181kg. The chassis is manufactured from titanium and carbon, while the suspension spec denotes travel of 70mm/80mm. Along with a very long 1,645mm wheelbase, that’ll be fun on UK roads.
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.
Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles 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.”
Commenting on the C-01 Güther 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.”
Designer Daniel Simon 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.”