Lotus has announced the recall of 80 model year 2011 Evora S
models built between February 2011 and September 2011 to correct a potential defect with an oil line that supplies the cylinder head. Oil supply lines that use a three-piece, flexible tubing design can rupture, spraying oil on the engine and increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire.
The three-part oil supply line was only used on supercharged Evora
models built between the production dates referenced above. Later production models used a single piece rigid oil line, which is not subject to recall.
Lotus has reported numerous incidents of ruptured flexible tubing on the oil line assembly, including several that resulted in engine damage from loss of oil pressure. In two cases, engine fires were reported that may be related to this defect.
Lotus will notify owners of affected Evora S
models, and dealers will replace the three-piece oil feed line with the single piece unit when the recall begins. Only Evora S models, equipped with the supercharged 3.5-liter V-6, are included in the recall.
A recall schedule has not yet been issued, and owners with questions or concerns can reach Lotus at (800) 245-6887. Current information on this recall can also be obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline, reached at (888) 327-4236.