No one has ever ridden this bike before.
These days designer Daniel Simon is hard at work fine-tuning the shape for the Roborace autonomous racecar, but one of his previous two-wheeled is part of Mecum’s auction during Monterey Car Week. Simon’s design for the Lotus-C01 is simply stunning, and this example still has just two miles on the odometer. The company thinks it could sell for $370,000 - $450,000.
The German firm Kodewa technically licensed Lotus' name for these bikes, which the company also did for an LMP1 racecar. However, Simon still imbues the design with Colin Chapman’s axiom to “simplify, then add lightness. There’s nothing extraneous about the C-01’s simple shape, but there are still enough interesting details to keep your eye moving across the body. We especially like the Lotus emblem in the grille.
The C-01 is quite rare with a production run of just 100 units, but Mecum believes this one is even more special as possibly the only example currently in North America. Power comes from a 1,195-cubic-centimeter V-twin from a KTM RC8R superbike. The mill produces 175 horsepower and sends that grunt to the rear wheel through a six-speed gearbox. Simon beautifully incorporates the side-exit exhaust into the fairing near the rear. The powerplant rests in a chromoly trellis frame with a cast aluminum swingarm. It rides on carbon fiber wheels that have a 19-inch diameter in front and are 17-inches in the rear.
Given the combination of rarity and beauty, we're curious to see how much the C-01 sells for in Monterey.