Thanks all for the good info.
: Very tempting! And right now, that's my Plan B, but it's quickly becoming my Plan A! I'm plotting the time off of work now to see if it's do-able, but would love to drive it around some good roads in Austin and take the adventure of driving the Lotus back home. Although I'm a bit worried about a ~1,400 mile trip home in the Lotus.
As someone who just did exactly that let me help ease your mind. I flew into Salt Lake City, Utah and drove to San Antonio and here's my timeline.
Things i brought with me;
Car charger for my phone
A decent pair of in-ear headphones
An MP3 CD (i forgot it.. STUPID STUPID STUPID)
A change of clothes in a backpack and toiletries
Should have brought sunscreen
Flight out @ 6:30am and land in Utah @ 11am. Seller picked me up, went over the car signed the title and I'm out by 12.
Drive for 9.5 hours to my halfway point (hotel)
up @ 6:30 for the remaining drive home
total cost: $450, gas food, lodging and flight included.
My car is loud, aftermarket exhaust and intake, and these cars can sort of drone on as far as engine noise. This is both amazing and a bit tiring so keep the speed and RPM's changing and you'll be good. The car is allot more comfortable than i thought it was going to be considering how long i was in it and the lack of adjustments in the driver seat. For reference I'm 5'7 and 210lb. When the engine noise became to much i popped in the ear buds and i was gold for a while. You'll stop every 2-3 hours anyway as the tank only holds 10 gallons of gas and after about 8.5 gallons your gas light comes on and you get nervous. I averaged 31mpg during the entire trip and even when stomping it in some canyon roads i still get 25-26. Surprisingly enough the car is pretty smooth on the highway too, It's only jarring on rough roads or abrupt transitions but highway wise it was really amazing. MUCH more comfortable then my 2000 Tacoma.