That’s right! I got my Liz. I would like to tell you that it handled fantastic, but I cannot as it was practically a torrential downpour when I picked it up. Noah would have been proud.
What I can report is that fit and finish is very good. I also had no problem getting in and out. The key thing to remember in order to enter the car easily is to push the seat back. Provided you do this you will have no problems.
For those that wondered, the roof is absolutely water tight. I as in the kind of rain that would have made Noah proud and nothing got in until I opened the door. The seats are comfortable for being so thin and the driving position is very good.
As I sat in the Elise as hard as I tried to avoid it, I nonetheless instantly became a racecar driver…. It transforms you… Just deal with it. Even in the kind of rain that washes away small villages I found myself zipping along at 85+ mph effortlessly. Wet handling with the street suspension is great. I will warn you now: IT IS VERY HARD TO KEEP THE ENGINE UNDER 4500 RPMS. Not because of some design flaw, or because there is insufficient power below that level (indeed it has plenty) , but because you want to go fast… All the time. You know what it can do and you wan to a little taste.
The reaction of people as you drive by is astonishing. Most just stare, if more than two people are present the conversation instantly changes to one about the car. One guy exclaimed loudly as I drove by,” YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL CAR!”. Girl looked on jealously as my girlfriend stepped out. I could actually see the diameter of her cranium increase, or it could have been the rain in my eyes?
I know how they feel when they see it for the first time. They feel exactly as I felt. I remember seeing the Elise in motion as it was pulled around. It looked very exotic… Like a Ferrari, but better some how. You just know that it’s something very special. We are all very fortunate to have the chance to own something this wonderful.
The Bad: Only one small niggle; the radio was not picking up any stations when I initially turned it on. The techs pulled out the unit and found that a connection on the back of the head unit was not connected properly. They secured the lose jack and tunes bust forth.
I look forward to the day when I’ll be able to take the top off and enjoy this fine automobile in all its glory.
PS: I took my camera but didn’t get to take any picture due to the very heavy rain. I will snap some when the weather clears and post them in the picture thread.