i must say that i sincerely hope that the people complaining about the body roll are not the same people who're already running aftermarket springs and shocks on their cars... as is it seems most of the more serious track folks here are running aftermarket... complaining about body roll on the tesla, i think is a bit of a stretch as far as a real complaint is concerned... for the average buyer, it's probably suspended very nicely... you want it to handle tighter... put a set of nitrons or whatever on it. Problem solved. Put a little more tire on it to take advantage of the torque.
It may be heavier, but it may also have better weight distribution than the elise... you can put the batteries spread out right down on the floor...
yeah, you wont be able to run it all day so it wont be winning races, but for street drivers who want performance, i see no reason why the tesla can't give the elise a serious run for it's money with very simple changes many lotus owners do as well, and it's silent so the police wont know they should look up to see the car hauling past at full throttle... as well, a point others have made... an electric car can be something like owning a car with a supercharger... rest assured it is torque limited by electronics... meaning there is the potential to open up the current limiter to get some real gains in torque... reliably thoguh?... who knows... depends on the design and why they set to torque limiting it.
Also seems interesting everyone here ignored the post that the stig ran the tesla with a VERY close time to the N/A exige... even stock (sloppy) suspended and with tires susbstandard to the exige correct?
I think the elise is much better looking and i love mine, but i think many of the comlpaints of the tesla are grasping to justify what someone already owns and what they can't afford. if i had money to burn, probably the only thing keeping me from a tesla would be the bland looks and power windows... i love my hand cranks.