Get ready for the Lotus superbike
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.