Fast and Furious
British sports car marque Lotus made a dramatic motorcycle debut this year with a US$137,000, 200-horsepower superbike designated the Lotus C-01. Designed by Daniel Simon—the man behind the neon cyberpunk light cycles in the movie Tron— the futuristic vehicle is inspired by the legendary Lotus 49 Formula One car of the late 1960s. The impossibly sleek-looking body is made from a cutting-edge blend of carbon fibre and aluminium, and rockets along on the power of a tuned up 1,195cc V-twin engine. Only 100 will be made. Given the racing riding position and the long throw of the front forks, only seasoned riders should consider taking the Lotus C-01 out on the road. But the stylish machine would also look good as a showpiece in your foyer.