Iâ€™m still waiting â€“ 48 hours after I collected the car from Silverstone Lotus I still havenâ€™t passed another on the road, but my experience of owning an S1 Elise before suggests Iâ€™ll get a flash of the lights and a friendly wave.
I drive a modified VX220 (or Opel Speedster if you like) myself, being the same base as the Exige, it'll serve as my reference point towards this breathtaking machine, the Exige Cup.
The clocks changing signals the start of around 5 months of rarely driving in daylight. This is a slight issue in the Lotus as the battery clock I had stuck to the interior -due the car not having one- doesnâ€™t have a back light...
I got it back this morning, the heater blower is actually now pretty damned effective and they've even cured the rattle. What it isn't doing is making me want to experience this car out of warranty.
Lotus have a reputation. One I used to think was overly harsh given the relative lack of bother my brother has with his car.
I remember when I first saw the Lotus Elise. I was with my brother at a motor show. As I peered into the cockpit I said, "so, you're buying a car that doesn't even have an interior?". To which he muttered something about weight and I shook my head.
For years I've imagined collecting my Lotus, however the reality was quite different...
You see, the lack of weight and immediate response of every control makes you feel like a component of the car, you feel everything the car does and it reacts to everything you do.
Time flies when you're having fun. Four years of Exige ownership. Twelve track days, magazine tests and a photo shoot.
The day I picked the car up the heavens opened, and not just regular rain. That October evening saw rainfall of Amazonian proportions with my new pride and joy shod in some very lightly-grooved rubber.