Bugatti, With a number of under and post graduate qualifications, I can resolutely assure you I am not retarded. Indeed, I would argue that you are neither retarded nor 'stupid' as I have never called you that. Shame you have to use ill-judged pejoratives pertaining to people who are less fortunate than yourself to express your view... My point is that you made a fatuous comment that was patently untrue - if you crash the Elise, the lightness of the vehicle will not necessarily result in the occupant's death. My view was simple and it was this: the weight and structural integrity of the Elise may conrtibute to *survival* in impact collisions. I do know more about the vehicle's dynamics that you - simple fact. I am not arguing that it is indestructable, nor am I comparing it to an SUV. As you will see, I reported of an unfortunate death in an Elise recently. This is a lightweight, purebred racecar for the road, not a people / gear lugger. S2, I am in total agreement with you - I ofen find myself on the motorway side-by-side with an 18 wheeled trucks tyres wishing I wasn't looking at them! In traffic, the Elise, though benign, promotes a whole set of problems - just the other day I had to emergency brake when a young girl ran out in front of me - mistaking my road position as a gap in the traffic because she couldn't see me in the traffic stream. A less serious, but irksome phenonema is that parallel parking behind / in front of SUVs can result in crack clamshells when the SUVs leave, and don't see the car, or can't predict the dimesnsions of their own vehicle. Having spent a lot of time in the US, I think that I would be loathe to drive the Elise on most roads. I'd guess that the average American car is about 40% larger in every direction than the average UK motor. And I get enough trouble with people not seeing me in the UK. Owning an Elise means you become increasingly aware of other driver's faults, cossetted as they are in their a/c, padded leather, climate controlled, ABS'd, power everything coma-mobiles. Driving one is a testament to the true driving mantra: Prediction is better than reaction.