It was the film that redefined science fiction in the early 1980’s, with innovative camera techniques and an imaginative storyline. The film was a huge box office success and spawned a series of spin off movies, and even a game. For many fans it was the iconic design of the motorbikes that was the star of the film, and now British manufacturer Lotus has been working with the designer of those motorbikes, Daniel Simon, to produce the C-01, the very first Lotus motorcycle.
Lotus won’t actually produce the bike, they are letting Kodewa, a German racing team have the honours, but they have designed it with the Tron designer to look remarkably like the light cycle from the films. The C-01 will be available in various liveries, but only 100 will be manufactured, making them collectors’ items. The colours available are expected to reflect the iconic colours of Lotus and customers can even choose their own.
Kodewa issued a statement saying: “Following two years of careful planning and intense development, Kodewa is delighted to announce that the prototype of the world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.”
Production of the C-01 has already begun with Lotus giving few details of the specifications of the motorbike, except to say: “The C-01 combines ample power via a V-twin engine with a distinctive body designed by Daniel Simon integrating carbon fibre, titanium and aerospace quality steel.”
It is though that the chassis of the motorbikes will be constructed of steel, titanium and carbon fiber, with a 65” wheelbase, making it a full 10 inches bigger than street-legal superbike. The C-01 is also expected to weigh around 400 pounds utilising a 4-stroke V-Twin engine with 200bhp.
Designer Simon, who worked with Disney on the Tron movie to create the iconic light cycles said: “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,” Simon added: “The shapes of the marvelous Lotus 49 were a main inspiration, and all colour schemes pay homage to iconic Lotus racing liveries, such as the dashing black and gold. The intersection of past and future always fascinates, and so does the unique idea of the C-01.”
And it sounds like it wasn’t an easy process, as Simon continues: “The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love, there were many challenges, ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me,” he said.
“We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics.’ The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles.
Simon spoke about the project: “We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both: state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.”
One person who has actually ridden the C-01 is Günther Holzer, CEO of Holzer Group, who said: “I was one of the first people to ride it and I have to say I was very impressed. Together we have found that delicate balance between raw, aggressive power and breath-taking handling.
‘The team has created something very special, it looks incredible, it sounds fantastic but above all, the ride is sensational. I’m very happy.”