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Andy Downes  says:

Lotus to make 200bhp motorcycle

Iconic British sportscar brand Lotus is gearing up to build a 200bhp motorcycle which will use Formula One technology and will be built by a car racing team Kodewa and designed by the man who designed the Tron Lightcycle. Details are sketchy right now but there is a single image of a carbon-fibre fuel tank which has been released along with...

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Sep 09

Posts: 107

mickofield says:

F1 and 2 wheels don't mix well!

Just ask Kenny Roberts as to how F1 thinking works with 2 wheels. Let's hope their designer is well versed in motorcycles and only "dips" into the F1 technology when it proves superior to current 2 wheel technology. 200 bhp is an easy goal with F1 tech, their engines spend most of their time at peak rpm. Mid range torque? what's that!

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May 06

Posts: 89

Kescheng says:

@mickofield Well you might be correct, but a little known bike manufacturer has already proven that it can be done. That'll be Honda then. If I'm not mistaken BMW have also had just a little success building motorbikes as well as F1 engines. Lets not forget Yamaha who have done reasonably well in the MotoGP era as well as build a few road bikes. They supply engine design and manufacturer to a number of car companies - Lexus LFA supercar for instance or going down market, Ford's V6 engines. In fact the amount of successful crossover companies is huge, as is the technology. Ohlins did not design their high spec electronic suspension for bikes - it was done for car companies and then fed back. Same for BMW and their semi-active systems on their bike - it came from their car division. It's just about engineering. There's nothing mystical about motorbikes in that sense and good engineering goes back and forth.

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Aug 02

Posts: 3284

eatcs01 says:


Years ago, Lotus developed an engine that had a 2 stroke top end, and a 4 stroke style bottom end. Basically, it was a 2 stroke that didn't burn oil and was cleaner than a 4 stroke engine, but produced the power of a 2 stroke.



I how I hope the new bike will be a big bore 2 stroke

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Oct 12

Posts: 144

moto4 says:


Lotus Omnivore two stroke, ultra clean modern design won awards for the concept. Will it be this engine?

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Sep 10

Posts: 836

CBR11X says:


...if the bike can't handle.They're on a hiding to nowhere if they try to build a stiff framed, peaky powered racing-car-on-two-wheels, like every other try-hard,like Elf for instance, have done in the past. Learn the lessons from Ducati, the engine-as-a-stressed-member/monocoque concept doesn't work on bikes. Not ones that can actually go around corners, that is.

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Sep 10

Posts: 1323

SatNavSteve says:

mrdata beat me to it, I thought it was an upsidedown crash helmet too. Now tell us which is the front end!

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Sep 06

Posts: 302

gixercarl says:


if its anything like their cars will be less reliable than a ducati

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Feb 12

Posts: 161

plumber01 says:

200bhp Triumph

Wouldnt it be nice if they could do a partnership with Triumph, Im sure  they could easily build a 200bhp engine in a small light package, and Triumph could really do with the knowledge of engine building, it seems they are lagging behind in the power stakes, even though they build good everyday usable road engines, a lot of buyers want headline power figures, And while Lotus  were at it, maybe put some of the bikes on a diet!with some F1 technology.

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Aug 02

Posts: 183

AndyDownes says:


Good point, well made. In my slight rush to get the story published on Friday afternoon I forgot to delete some notes at the bottom of my story. Thanks for pointing my human error and hopefully it has now been amended and corrected as the server is refreshed.

Kind regards

Andy Downes

MCN Senior Reporter

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Aug 02

Posts: 120

Robell says:

Good luck to them, but...


When Triumph came back to the market, they got the bikes ready before shouting about it.

When Norton came back they shouted lots and so far, haven't achieved very much.

Lotus, lots of talk and a fuel tank....


I'll not be holding my breath

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