Lotus plus inexperienced driver most likely equals expensive damage for minor errors. Please research the snap oversteer issues which happen with rear/mid engined cars with rear wheel drive. For an experienced driver, these characteristics can be exploited for throttle/brake steering, and rotating the car around fast turns. For a novice/panicked driver who tags the brakes in a turn, they are a disaster waiting to eat insurance premiums. Put a novice driver in a Miata instead, it is a far more forgiving car, with more easilly approached limits. The Miata is cheaper to fix as well. BTW, I appreciate your creativity in trying to get the school system to buy you a Lotus.
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