KTM is the only manufacturer in recent history to go from the motorcycle side of the fence to the other side; now, the universe seeks to restore balance with the formation of Lotus Motorcycles, a new motorcycle manufacturer from the same company that has brought us cars like the Seven, Elise and Exige.
The company has already started working on its first motorcycle, the Lotus C-01 which will be a hyperbike. It will be developed using materials like carbonfibre, titanium and aerospace quality steel. The C-01 will be designed by Daniel Simon who previously designed the ‘Lightcycle’ from the Hollywood movie ‘Tron: Legacy’. The C-01 hyperbike is rumoured to have an engine that will churn out 200PS.
"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. The C-01, with all its top notch components and materials, is first and foremost emotional, heartbreaking, at times playfully retro, and always clearly a Lotus. 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. The intersection of past and future never fails to fascinate, and so does the unique idea of the C-01," said Daniel Simon, designer, Lotus Motorcycles.