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The girl behind the badge Elisa Artioli and the Lotus Elise

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• Elisa Artioli returns to Lotus 22 years after launch of Elise
• Lotus Elise named after Elisa
• Surprise reunion with the first ever production line built Lotus Elise
• Lotus visit includes her first-ever track laps in a Lotus
Reunited with the iconic car that bears her name, Elisa Artioli paid tribute to one of the most
renowned and lightweight sports cars ever made, the Lotus Elise, and drove her first ever laps of
the Hethel test track.
Returning to the home of Lotus in Hethel, Elisa was reunited with the second Elise ever built, and
the first built down the production line, a car with which she was photographed 1996. As well as the
surprise reunion with the Elise, she took to the famous Hethel test track for a series of laps behind
the wheel in a Lotus Exige Sport 410 and Evora GT410 Sport.
The granddaughter of Lotus’ then Chairman, Romano Artioli, Elisa was the original inspiration for
the car’s name, and was present for its launch in 1995.
 

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