I saw this on the official forum:
Hi to all you guys patiently waiting for your Lotus order form to arrive. I just received mine from Newport European Motors and the news is bad. They have added a $2,500. delivery fee (pure profit) to the Elise base price. I have put a call into Mark O'Shanessey at Lotus Cars. Not sure if he can do anything but I'm assuming the worst. Now I need to decide whether to bail out on the whole deal. This stinks!