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Lotus C-01 Superbike: A Powerful 'Piece of Art in Motion'

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 11:58 AM

By Michael Mullins

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The Lotus C-01 superbike is being celebrated by motorcycle enthusiasts around the world for its sleek, futuristic design, and impressive features. It's being called "a piece of art in motion."

The bike includes a 1200-cc V-twin engine with 200 horsepower and aircraft-grade steel, carbon fiber and titanium body that weighs about 400 lbs.

Though it bears the Lotus name, the luxury British car company known for its lightweight, high-end, exotic vehicles, the superbike was actually built by German engineers with the racing team Kodewa. Since it was founded in 2000, Kodewa has won numerous FIA World Endurance Championships including the German Formula Three Championship, Formula 3 Euro Series, and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.

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The Lotuc C-01 superbike took more than two years to develop, Fox Sports reported.


"We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion," lead Kodewa designer Colin Kolles said on the Lotuc C-01 website. "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."

The initial launch will reportedly consist of just 100 units, the price of which has yet to be released.

"I was one of the first people to ride it and I have to say I was very impressed," G├╝ther Holzer, CEO of the Holzer Financial Group, told Fox Sports. The financial firm reportedly took part of in motorcycle's development.

"Together we have found that delicate balance between raw, aggressive power and breath-taking handling," Holzer added. "The team has created something very special, it looks incredible, it sounds fantastic but above all, the ride is sensational. I’m very happy."

Daniel Simon, a former designer for Bugatti Automobiles, is largely responsible for the bikes overall design. Simon was responsible for creating the 'Lightcycles' in Disney's 2010 film "Tron: Legacy," which the Lotus C-01 superbike closely resembles.

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