We'll just let the Lotus development team talk about their new baby, but for kit-bashers, there are plenty of thoughts in these Daniel Simon concept artworks, so if you fancy starting with - say - one of Tamiya's excellent motorbikes, then you have a really good start.
For now though, let's see what Kodewa, the German racing outfit behind the new bike, has to say.
“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.
“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.”
They are planning to make just 100 Lotus C01s, so if you have the moolah, it’s time to sign up and join the queue.
For us model makers, there's good reading reference on Lotus machines (below) and a starter for a kit-bash could kick off with one of Tamiya's excellent motorcycle kits.
Lotus C01 Stat Summary
Construction: 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine, 75 degree V-style
Capacity: 1195 cc
Bore: 105 mm
Stroke: 69 mm
Power Approx: 200 hp
Transmission: 6-gear jaw-type shift transmission
Lubrication: Dry sump
Main shaft ratio: 40:76
Lay shaft ratio: 15:41
Cooling: Water cooling
Clutch: Hydraulic anti-hopping clutch
Frame: Aero tech steel/Titanium/Carbon fibre frame
Fork: Upside down
Suspension strut: Twin suspension strut
Spring travel front: 80 mm
Spring travel rear: 70 mm
Brake system front: Twin brake disc, ø320mm, four piston calipers
Brake system rear: One brake disc, ø220mm, two piston calipers
Chain: X-Ring resp. O-Ring
Head tube ang: 59 degrees
Fork ang: 54 degrees
Wheelbase 1645 mm +/- 15 mm
Ride height: 90 mm
Height of seat: 710 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 10.5 litres
Dry weight: 181 kg
Wheel front: 3.00x19, 120/70ZR19
Wheel rear: 6.00x19, 190/55ZR17