October 23, 2016

[PICS] Lotus Motorcycles C-01

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Following two years of careful planning and intense development, Kodewa is delighted to announce that the prototype of the world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.

Kodewa has been granted a license to produce the motorcycle by Group Lotus plc, the world renowned sportscar manufacturer and engineering consultancy.

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.

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.”

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.”

Construction 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
Cooling Water cooling
Clutch Hydraulic anti-hopping clutch


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
Ride height                     90 mm
Height of seat                 710 mm
Fuel tank capacity         10,5 l
Dry weight                       181 kg
Wheel front                     3,00×19; 120/70 ZR19
Wheel rear                       6,00×17; 190/55 ZR17


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