problem is I imported a 13-hour Radical SR8 for less than this and I can pretty much promise it is way faster than anythign but the Lotus F1 car thingy.
They should look into somthing like Rossion and do a component car.
The sr8 will pretty much smoke anything on track, but you have to be able to drive to that level, and able to handle the Gs, maintanace ona radical is also in another orbit.
The V6Cup handles like a porche Gt3 or Miata spec racer with power closer to the GT3. Its Turn key, and similar to an elise in that daily track consumables are on the order of $500 as opposed to 2k for a porche.
The toyota engine is pretty much bullet proof and serious mecahnical maintance should not be an issue for 10-20K track miles. You simply cant do that with a radical or full on race car which are far more mainyance intensive with engine rebuilds measured in seasons.
Yes its a geat pity you cant drive these on street, for while an elsie is luxury in comparison, the drive experience on road is most akin to a 997Gt3 except better more viceral and more responsive.
Lotus should do the componant car route here, even if it means you cant have a full cage to be street lagal.
The good part about not being street lagal is you tow to the track, run slicks, everything is track optimised from springs shocks alignemnt ride height etc. Its hard to have a car that can dance properly both track and street, in my experince you have to choose.
So yes you can buy a track car for the same or less, but I dont belive you can get a similar track car with the same performance for less, that is also turn key and so maintanance lite. Time is a big factor and acar that needs only fluid changes to run 10-15 track days is pretty special, even then othr off season maintanace is basicaly pads maybe plugs and rotors every few years. in that sense nothing comes close. It also feels very much like a track car on track.