He is not correct. They can and have classed cars in much lower numbers, such as TVRs. The confusion comes from the catch all classing that covers cars built in a min number of 1000 per year and not otherwise classified. That does not mean all classified cars meet 1000 cars per year.By the way, the only reason the SCCA has given me
to-date for not classing the car is volume of units
sold in the US. The SCCA has a rule that states any
car officially classed by the Solo Events Board must
meet a minimum production criteria of 1000 units per
12 months. That translates into being 1000 units sold
in the US over the previous 12 months. There has been
no technical reason to not class the car and the car
would be quite competitive in a variety of classes
available to the events board.
BUT... classing a car that arrives in the USA in very low numbers requires a lot of work as far making sure it is documented enough so that people have the ability to protest. Kit cars are a nightmare for impound/protest committees.
The new Elise will be classed, but even than maybe not in any stock class, but in a Street Prepared class. Classing a car that is not street legal normally (all previous versions of the Elise) is not going to happen.
However, it does not mean that the car can't play in some mod class.