jwocky, if you are going to "talk Elises", you need to first read all about Lotus in general, and then how they built the Elise - fibreglass panels hand laid up, and then the vacuum injection (pioneered by the small team at Lotus) and so on. THIS is the true essence of Lotus. If you read the books on how the Elise was created, and see the video, only then will you understand the skill and innovative approach behind the car. How they first drove the mocked up chassis in the rain late on that Christmas eve; the amazement of the Renault team who first saw the glued chassis (their Spider with welded chassis was some 200 kg heavier, and subsequently flopped); how, after 3 weeks, Richard Rackham finally found how to mount the wiper motor so it would wipe the windscreen and allow the single wiper; how they tested the brakes on Stelvio; how they fought the European legislation to get the first car approved in such a short time, etc etc. If you think the Elise is just made like any other car, you will not get the full pleasure and wonderment from the entire project. To get the full value, you must live Lotus, not just buy a finished product.