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Someone on an Elise mailing list is trying to get the SCCA to class his Elise Sport 190 and having a heck of a time with it. He's looking for anyone else out there in a similar situation. His original message is below:

Hi - I am once again trying to persuade the Solo
Events Board of the SCCA to officially class and allow
the Lotus Elise to participate in regional,
divisional, and national Solo2 (autocross) events held
all across the US.

I have pursued this since obtaining my Elise three
years ago in August of 2000, but to no avail. Clyde
and the Lotus team have been very helpful with stats
and moral support, and I thank them for that. If you
are also interested in racing the Elise in Solo 2
events, or just getting a major sanctioning body like
the SCCA to recognize the car, you could help me.

What I would like to see is how many of you in the US
would participate in local or regional autocross
events with your Elise?

Have any of you raced your Elise in an SCCA Club (road
racing) event? If so, what class? (Yes, it is ironic
that the SCCA allows the car in road racing, but not
autocross. Sigh...)

Clyde - if the numbers I have are still correct, I
believe there were about 65-70 Elise sold in the US
through LotusUSA where approximately 45 were Sport
190s and the rest made up of 340R, Exige, and
Motorsport models.

Also, Clyde, if Lotus USA were willing to write a
letter on behalf of your customers asking the SCCA to
officially class the car, I am sure that would help
our case.

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.

If you can help me, please email back to me privately
at:

[email protected] or call daytime at (408)822-6253

I would love to have my car classed and attend the
National event held in Topeka next September. Thank
you all!

patrick

Patrick Jones
2000 Lotus Elise Sport 190
 

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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.
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.

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.
 

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I have advocated on an SCCA forum the creation of a new class called Super Exotic Stock or something. And let any of these cars in.
 
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