The Lotus guys didn’t seem to care. And nobody even crashed.
It may have been in large part because the Evora S itself was so unflappable. If you ever hear someone talk about how this car or that car “handles just like a go-kart” and they aren’t talking about a Lotus, they are very likely at least half full of it. Very few modern vehicles are as incisive in their turn-in, as linear in their steering progression or as communicative through the palms of your hands via the steering rack and wheel. You point the tiller, and that’s where the car goes. There’s very little, if any, mid-corner adjustment or second-guessing.
Like its predecessor, the Evora S features Lotus Dynamic Performance Management, which comprises systems like Corner Brake Control, ABS, Electronic Differential Lock, stability and traction control. And unlike on some other cars, traction and stability control can be switched off entirely. When the button is pressed, they really are off, unlike the systems in some other cars, which may tell you they’re off when really they’re just dialed back a bit. The Lotus crew wholeheartedly encouraged us to turn the stuff off, even on the demanding Laguna Seca circuit.
And at the end of the day, everyone was given an opportunity to take a spin around the track with Matt Becker, the guy who is largely responsible for making Lotus cars drive the way they do. Just to show us all how much we actually suck.
No, not screwing around. The next few years will be interesting ones for Lotus the car company. At least if the Evora S is any indication of what future models will hold. I’m pretty sure it’s a good indication.
2011 Lotus Evora S
Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
3.5-liter V6, dohc, 24-valve
Length/Width/Height (in.): 170.9/72.8/48.1
Wheelbase: 101.4 in.
Curb Weight: 3,168 lb
Peak Power: 345 hp @ 7000 rpm
Peak Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.3 sec.
Top Speed: 172 mph