The Lotus Elise has been around for some 22 years, and this week the lightweight sports car reunited with the girl that inspired its name – Elisa Artioli.
Elisa inspired the sports car's name, and was even present at the launch with the first production line-built example 22 years ago (below) which is the same car she's pictured with today.
The original 'Series 1' Lotus Elise was powered by a 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine sourced from Rover, making just 88kW of power. Despite it's rather meek output, the Elise only weighed 725kg, making for a 0-100 claim of 5.8 seconds.
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