Lotus motorcycle: Designed by Daniel Simon, creator of the Tron Legacy Lightcycles and the Bubbleship from the movie Oblivion
The Lotus C-01 was revealed as a 3D computer mockup in 2013, and the world was stunned by its combination of a radical body shape with the legendary Lotus name, never previously associated with motorcycles. The concept was sketched out by former Bugatti designer Daniel Simon, who is best known in the 2-wheel world for the Tron Legacy Lightcycle. Press and Internet observers were further stunned in 2014 to see the computer model had actually been built in a form very close to the fantasy—a rare occurrence with computer concepts.
The original carbon fiber monocoque idea was swapped for a far more practical chromoly trellis tube frame, built by Kalex, which is partly owned by the Holzer Group, who put this Lotus motorcycle project together. The swingarm is an aluminum casting, fully capable of handling all that power, and road tests of the Lotus have been resoundingly positive. It was projected the Lotus C-01 would have 200hp, but the production model uses a 175hp KTM 1195cc V-twin from the RC8R superbike. The chassis is state of the art, with 320mm Brembo racing brakes, twin Ohlins rear suspension, upside-down Sachs forks, and a carbon-fiber shell built of 12 sections.