In a column for the Eastern Daily Press in Norwich England Chris Starkie takes a look at the hard numbers Lotus recently presented. After years of multi-million pound losses the company will post a pre-tax profit of £600,000 in 2004. But Starkie looks at the loss of engineering projects and potentially less work from parent company Proton as weaknesses in Lotus' armor. His lone bright spot was the surprising sales of the Elise in the United States. Earth to Lotus, send more, quick.