Employing all of Lotus' lessons learned from racing on four wheels, and adding in the expertise of the Holzer Group and Kodewa, the C-01 is a masterwork of lightness and form-follows-function design. It's also packing some darned impressive specs.
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A 75-degree V-twin displacing 1,195 cc puts out 200 horsepower, powering the rear-wheel through a six-speed jaw-type transmission and hydraulic clutch. Electronic engine management with digital ignition adjustment ensures optimum performance. Inverted forks, twin suspension struts, a steel/carbon/titanium fame, twin front disc brake and single rear disc, and an aggressive frame/suspension geometry complete the high-performance package.
Lotus plans to offer the C-01 in a range of liveries honoring the company's four-wheeled racing heritage, as well as a fully-customizable ordering process. Only 100 examples will be built, so don't expect these superbikes to be within reach of most mortals.
Right now, only the prototypes exist, but the C-01 is certified for road use and ready for ordering. If you'd like to get your name on the list, get in touch with Lotus Motorcycles.
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