I would be okay with being the first I was the only one I know to put an AP Racing big brake kit on my WRX (non STI) and guess what? I would gain about 1 second per corner by braking hard and late compared to other sport sedans. The blood would rush to the front of my face and it felt like I was going to fly out the front window. In the Lotus, the experience is not even close. Maybe until you experience what a world class braking setup is capable of, you don't know what you are missing?I think you'd be the first person considering going to the full BOE setup with what is basically a stock car with an OEM SC. I get that its not enjoyable. My first few times on track I had some similar problems to you... the car just didn't stop as fast as I thought it would. I did more or less what has already been recommended - new pads, new rotors, new brake fluid, and when I bled the fronts I took them off the uprights, turned them upside down, and banged the crap out of them.
After that, I still had the initial dead travel of an inch or so, but the car stopped great and I was able to proceed with confidence.
If you're in CA, seems like it would be easy to find someone on track with the same car, and swap for a couple of laps.