It’s no coincidence that Lotus’s new motorcycle the C-01 looks like a light cycle from Tron: It was designed by Daniel Simon, the automotive futurist who redesigned the iconic bikes in Tron: Legacy. Note the elongated unibody, the large prominent tires, and the severe forward position that the rider assumes. All Tron.
This is a beautiful piece of engineering and an equally beautiful example of life influencing art, influencing art, influencing life. When Tron first appeared in theaters in the ‘80s, it was a blockbuster about virtual reality—Hollywood’s flashy attempt to predict the videogames of the future. That game-like aesthetic carried over to the remake, and now we have a street-legal bike semi-directly inspired by the vectors of ‘80s arcades. If only there was a way to make it stream colors.