The year 2008 saw the cancellation of the Lisbon-Dakar rally, a fact which caught the whole team by surprise.
Elisabete then decided to enter the Aicha des Gazelles rally, in Morocco, a navigation competition exclusively for women.
She teams with Sofia Carvalhosa and they easily finish second in the general classification.
In April, with Marco Cochinho and Álvaro Velhinho, Elisabete wins in the less than ten liters trucks category and is second in the general classification in the Tunisian rally, which for the first time included some streaks in Libya.
Several mechanic problems force her to leave the AMV Shamrock rally, which takes place in Morocco in October.
The team comes back and gives full attention to preparing the Princess (the name by which the team referred to the MAN M2000 truck).
Their aim was to achieve the best possible preparation for the Dakar-Argentina-Chile rally, which would be held in South America for the first time.
The team sets forth for this rally at its best level ever.