From the pictures, you cannot tell how well the front is re-enforced behind the fiberglass. Also, the government is more likely to give exemptions to new start ups who are using alternative energy power plants. Lotus's problem is they have burned through all the years of exemption they had. The purpose of an exemption is to give a company time to develop a car which meets the standard. If a company makes no move to meet the standard (after 5 years), they lose the exemption and cannot sell the car. (Bumpers, Air Bags and Head Lights as an example).
Storm titanium 2005 Elise with carbon fiber spoiler, BWR sway bar, BOE toe links, gPan2, LidBone, sector 111 wheel studs, Grey RAC Monolite wheels with toyo R1R, Team Dynamics 1.4 with Hoosier A6/R6s, Katana2 Supercharger, ECU with 265 flash. PPE headers w/decat, CEL angle eliminator, Silent touch catback, Rear Panel Eliminator, HKS intake, V2 fuel tank, Walbro255 fuel pump. HID lights.