This Lotus C-01 is one of only 100 ever built, and it was a sensation when revealed as a three-dimensional computer mockup in 2013. The Lotus name had never been associated with motorcycles before, and the radical body shape of the C-01 goes back to the company’s successful F1 racers of the 1960s. The original computer concept came from former Bugatti designer Daniel Simon, who designed the Tron Legacy Lightcycle, among other film fantasy projects. Even more stunning news came in 2014, when the computer sketch became a real motorcycle, in a shape that was very close to the fantasy. The original concept for a carbon fiber monocoque was replaced by a chromoly trellis-tube frame. The chassis was built by Kalex, which is partly owned by the Holzer Group, which made the deal with Lotus to license its name for a motorcycle. With a cast-aluminum swingarm, the chassis is fully capable of handling 200 HP, and road tests of the Lotus were impressive. The Lotus C-01 was designed for double-hundred power, and it uses a KTM 1195cc/175 HP V-twin from the RC8R superbike. The components are state-of-the-art, among them being 320mm Brembo racing brakes, twin Ohlins rear suspension, upside-down Sachs forks and a carbon fiber shell built of 12 sections. The 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels built by South African specialists BST are made of carbon fiber, and they are bespoke to the Lotus, suiting the original concept’s silhouette. The C-01 follows the computer model so closely that it’s difficult to tell them apart on a screen, but this Lotus motorcycle is very real, and it has excellent craftsmanship to complement its 100% hypersports specification. This stunning 2014 Lotus C-01 is one of only 100 ever built, and it’s believed to be one of only two examples in North America. It remains one of the most compelling motorcycle designs ever built.
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