Good news for those shut out of a Lotus Elise due to expense, the need for more cargo space or a trick lumbar spine (actually it's just good news for the first two groups, the third should buy a Buick and consult a physician). Lotus Cars USA is launching a rental program that will allow dubious fly-by-night drivers to get their hands on a 2007 Elise, at least temporarily. The program, which will be launched first in California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania, will most likely discourage track-day debauchery — possibly through a no-hoonage clause that limits insurance coverage to street use. Learn the VIN code, kids, you don't want to end up with one of these poor, pummled souls on the pre-owned market a few years from now.
2007 Lotus Elise for Rent [Digiads.au]
Power (Not) to Wait: Audi-Engining the Lotus Elise [internal]