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Just over a quarter of a century ago the first Lotus Elise changed the affordable sportscar game. This brought the concept of an affordable, mid-engined roadster back from the dead and in doing so, saved Lotus from yet another brush with bankruptcy. The fact that Lotus was able to launch the new Emira at the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard last year is largely thanks to this car. Festival of Speed and SpeedWeek presented by Mastercard host Becky Evans explains why the Elise still stacks up so brilliantly today as well as talking to owner Andrew Hamilton about what drew him to the lithe little Lotus.

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