Let’s just say you won’t want to have a head-on collision.
Lotus makes some of the lightest and best handling sports cars on the planet. It’s perhaps ironic, then, that a steering issue has prompted the automaker to issue a recall for the Evora in the US, which is the only model Lotus currently sells Stateside.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lotus is recalling 40 examples of the Evora, so the problem isn’t too widespread, luckily. That said, all affected vehicles are 2018 models manufactured between April 21 and October 2, so it’s possible this represents the majority of Evoras sold to US customers this year.
While the issue doesn’t affect the handling performance, it's still a serious safety concern. In the event of a head-on collision, Lotus says “the steering column may not properly collapse to absorb some of the impact energy.” Obviously, this increases the risk of injury or even death in a head-on crash. All affected vehicles will need their faulty steering columns replaced, which are manufactured by Bosche and supplied by Power Torque Engineering. Anyone who has already paid to have their steering systems repaired will also be reimbursed.
The Evora was first introduced in 2008 built on a new platform and was the last all-new model released by the manufacturer in ten years. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 sourced from Toyota and extensively modified by Lotus to produce as much as 430 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This enables the range-topping Evora GT430 Sport to reach 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 196 mph.
Now that the automaker’s financial woes have been rectified, Lotus is expected to launch two all-new sports cars in 2020, one of which will replace either the Exige or the Evora, as well as its first-ever SUV the following year.