Elisa Artioli at Lotus HQ

Woman who gave Lotus Elise its name reunited with first car

Elisa Artioli at Lotus HQ

More than 22 years after the launch of Lotus’ iconic back-to-basics sports car, the woman after whom it was named has returned to Norfolk to meet the Elise.

Elisa Artioli was the granddaughter of Romano Artioli, chairman of Lotus in 1995. Back then she was a little girl and can be seen posing with her granddad on the first production Elise.

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As well as taking the Exige Sport 410 and Evora GT410 Sport for her first drive around Hethel, she was also reunited with that original Elise.

There’s no word yet on whether Elisa’s more hardcore brother, Exige, is planning a trip any time soon…

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