This is apparently the way Lotus has recently found it's way to profitability. Their consulting and engineering business is more profitable than the unit building cars to sell under the Lotus brand, which involves high overhead, product liability, and downstream warranty costs.
Warranty costs... hmm, like a service action (recall) on cams?
Sold: 2005 Saffron Yellow Elise, Sport/Touring, SA Nitrons, VF Stg2, 2bular hdr/sport cat, 2bular 8" exhaust, Saikou CC, shifter mods, SSC shifter cable, LETSLA, FF engine damper, ACT/Toda, AEM AFR/oil temp gauges, PLX vac/boost and IAT sensors with dash-mounted DM100 display, RTV toelink, Moroso oil pan, AlumDiffuser, FF spoiler, 5-pt harness
2002 Silver M3, SMG, Ground Control suspension, AP Racing BBK, RAC RS110s --sold--