The earlier S1 Evora shifter is a derivation of the '07+ Elise/Exige shifter. As a result, it also suffers from poor feel and durability. It has the same blue plastic ball joint that has broken in Elise/Exige/211. We are now seeing this failure in more and more Evoras, as well. Clearly, we felt there was a real need.
We took apart an Evora shifter system to see if our shiftR111 might work. Lotus does a nice job of integrating various requirements to really drive down the cost of a component. This shifer housing clearly serves a few different functions. The key was that the overall height of the shifter and the mounting points at the front would work for our shiftR111. It appeared with a change to our hand brake brackets, we could create a shifter kit for the Evora. So we got to work on a design.
Shown below is our design for the Evora. We are now getting a prototype made to test fit into a car. We remain overtly optimistic. 8^)
We have already sorted out shifter cables and our innovative ESWkit for the Evora so a shiftR111 will complete the package nicely.