These photographs show an example of a carbon fiber bodied Lotus C-01, finished in nothing more than a clear coat and gold decals are very exciting to see. What excites me more than those luscious carbon curves though, is that fact that the shots include examples of the bike with a rider in its saddle. It's hard to put some things into perspective without a reference to add scale and motorcycles are one of those things. Exact proportions and dimensions reveal themselves when a rider enters the equation and I have to say in this case it's only served to further improve my opinion of the Lotus C-01.
This bike is the company's official street ready prototype. Beneath its carbon shell lies the water-cooled, 1200cc v-twin engine of a KTM RC8R. Boasting 200bhp it's capable of rocketing the bike from a standstill up to 60 mph in a measly 3.1 seconds and will chew up a 1/4 mile of tarmac in a smidge over 10. Despite it's artsy exterior, handling characteristics were a priority during the design of the C-01. In the rear you'll find a pair of Ohlins piggyback shocks and beneath the aerodynamic, carbon fiber fork shrouds are a set of Sachs USD forks. With this combination they claim the bike will provide sharp handling in the corners to match it's blistering straight line speed.
This year as the bikes move into production the company will be producing them in batches of 20. With such a high price tag you can bet this means there will a few things the customer can specify and this image we found of another road going C-01 (courtesy of classicdriver.com) demonstrates exactly that.
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