Get ready for the Lotus superbike

Get ready for the Lotus superbike

Over recent months and years, the twists and turns of the Lotus saga have become increasingly difficult to follow – and now there's another. And it's endowed with two wheels, rather than four.

That's right – Lotus branding is about to be applied to a superbike.
But the Lotus C-01, as it'll be known, won't be developed by Lotus Cars, the Hethel-based concern that builds the sports cars many associate most readily with the Lotus name.

Instead, it'll be produced by a separate entity called Lotus Motorcycles, which has been formed by former Bugatti designer Daniel Simon, together with leading motorsport group Holzer and Kodewa, the team that runs the Lotus-badged LMP2 car.

Few details of the new bike have been revealed as yet, but initial reports from the company suggest that it'll feature a 200bhp engine, and will be built from a plethora of exotic materials including carbon fibre, titanium and aerospace-grade steel.

"With the Lotus C-01, we have only one ambition: to create a unique state-of-the-art machine that carries its brutal forces with elegance and style, a high-tech monster in a tailored suit," says Simon.

"Lotus is a glamorous name with a rich history, and the C-01 celebrates it proudly: the shapes of the marvelous Lotus 49 were a main inspiration, and all color schemes pay homage to iconic Lotus racing liveries, such as the dashing black and gold."

Further details of the C-01 will be revealed in the coming weeks, and we'll bring you those when we have them.
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