2014 LOTUS C-01 MOTORCYCLE DESIGN. Following two years of careful planning and intense development, Kodewa is delighted to announce that that the prototype of the world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action. Kodewa has been granted a license to produce the motorcycle by Group Lotus plc the world renowned sportscar manufacturer and engineering consultancy. 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.
Media Contact: Liz Brooks, Kodewa. lb@lotus-motorcycles.com , Official Lotus Motorcycles Website

The C-01 motorcycle is not designed, engineered or produced by Group Lotus plc but is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Dr Colin Kolles. The development on the C-01 was carried out with the support of Holzer Group (co-owners of Kalex) and design guru Daniel Simon. Drawing on their wealth of motorsport experience, the team of engineers has designed a unique high performance superbike.

Designer Daniel Simon said: “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. 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 C-01 will be available in a range of liveries some of which pay homage to Lotus’ sporting pedigree. A customisation service is also available, limited only by the imagination of the client. With an exclusive production run of just 100 units, superbike collectors and fans of the Lotus brand will need to move fast to secure one.

The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. Speaking about the project he said: “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 jawdropping aesthetic.”

Commenting on the C-01 Güther Holzer, CEO of Holzer Group 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 breathtaking 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.”

About Kodewa. With a long history in motorsport, including the German Touring car Championship DTM, German Rally Championship and Formula 1, Kodewa has worked recently with Lotus on the newly built Lotus T128 LMP (Le Mans Prototype) and will be running the car in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. The team of Kodewa comprises of experts with a lot of knowledge and experience not only in endurance racing but also Formula 1, DTM and lower formulas.

About Holzer Group. The Holzer Group has many years of experience in professional motorsport. In the last years, Holzer successfully implemented many projects, including Moto2 (world championship winners) and Moto3 ,German Touring car Championship DTM, German Rally Championship and Formula 1. The Holzer Group are renowned manufacturers in the automotive and aerospace industry but also the metalworking sector.

About Designer Daniel Simon. Daniel Simon, a former designer for Bugatti Automobiles, has recently created some of the most sophisticated concept vehicles in Hollywood film history. Amongst his most recognizable creations are the ‘Lightcycles’ in the 2010 Disney motion picture ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the ‘Bubbleship’ used by Tom Cruise in the recent Universal sci-fi hit ‘Oblivion’. Daniel Simon is known for his clean and futuristic concepts. Daniel Simon is known for his clean and futuristic concepts, his unique vehicle designs are published as two books, Cosmic Motors and The Timeless Racer.

A LOOK INTO SIMON’S BOOK COSMIC MOTORS. Chapter Cosmic Motors Gravion Turbine Racer. Text sample: “The production side view on the right was done in tandem with the digital 3-D development, ensuring that the volume works out in every view. The high-rising, tentaclelooking antennae are mounted with cameras and sensors that provide all necessary information and scans for the driver. He maneuvers the GRAVION blindly, with the sensors getting the information directly from his brain waves. Only with that technology is a free positioning of the cockpit possible. The rotating cabin is clearly visible in the image above. Very high-side g-forces are possible in a professional GRAVION Cup race, so the cockpit rotation is a welcome relief for pilots’ physical strain. Also, the car can be flipped over 90 degrees for engine maintenance, and the rotated cockpit stays accessible for engine checks (as seen on page 1). The hubless wheels reduce the amount of moving mass; plasma-magnetic field processors in the wheels allow for stunning brake performance, aided by its twin front tires. The GRAVION team featured in this book, the Alfred & Dietmar Engineering Co. team, carries the name of my father and grandfather as a personal touch. The numbers on the car can vary from season to season, but are not dependent on the season’s ranking.”
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A LOOK INTO SIMON’S LATEST 2014 BOOK’ THE TIMELESS RACER’. Vic Cooper sitting on a 1986 Masucci X-5, a car which claimed the life of his father – famed racing star Jay McQuade. Simon worked over 4 weeks on this image alone in 50 megapixel resolution. All designs, photographs, stories, and characters were exclusively invented for this book. The total time invested in this first Episode reaches about 4500 hours. No other vehicles that Simon worked on before have such amount of detail, which explains the decision to bring you this series at an unusual oversize of 12″ x 14″. To keep the book affordable at that impressive size, The Timeless Racer is divided in episodes – following Vic Cooper into different eras and types of racing.
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All Lotus C-01 images created by Daniel Simon. Copyright © 2014 Lotus / Daniel Simon LLC

All Cosmic Motors images created by Daniel Simon. Copyright © 2007 Cosmic Motors LLC / Daniel Simon LLC

All The Timeless Racer images created by Daniel Simon. Copyright © 2013 Daniel Simon LLC