I felt the same about the course but its not as bad as it looks.
The one part I do not push is going into the finish line corner. But they do a pretty good job to make sure its slow enough.
I've been good about not lifting but I failed this past weekend. At the end of a slalom, I lifted. BAD LOTUS DRIVER, BAD!
I also felt like the Elise gets the most love at autocross or at least where I go. There's a viper, r32, and a new zo6 but people definitely gravitate towards the lotus.
A lot of them love the look and the philosophy behind the car.
Now only if the driver would be good as the car................................