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    Steffen Leitgeb
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    Lotus Evora S
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    Komo Tech Exhaust, Leitspeed LSL01 Forged Wheels
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  1. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    380 wheels on a 350

    Braid looks the same … Komo-Tech looks the same … are these all the same wheel family?
  2. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    380 wheels on a 350

    Yes, the Wiki overthere looked very old and not updated. Also for Evora. I asked for help … Does anyone know the manufacturer of the Exige forged wheels?
  3. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    The Evora 400 Diaries

    Lotus are building adorable cars which just drive nearly perfect and only they give the analogue feeling while driving. If they would boost communication (advertising, classic press work, influencers … dealer/reseller marketing) in the "corner-driving-educated" markets only (Europe, USA, Asia) they could offer the actual lineup until 2022 with good or better sales because these cars are timeless and would look absolutely new to many old and new car nuts … they can find new dealers, customers and could hopefully get more profit. Also the used car market would go up and Lotus owners may choose to buy new again? I think the Evora 400 gets a good press in USA by Road and Track at the moment form what I see in Facebook - they love this car and I hope it shows on the sales in the US where this car has fans. Maybe that is why Lotus discontinues the 400? Hahaha? Which magazine loves the Evora in Europe? I think none. They forgot about it meanwhile. From my knowledge German press is asking actively at Lotus from time to time … normally it should be the other way round! Lotus must offer cars for reviews and ideas what to do with these cars in magazines or on TV. But I hope JayEmm would have another Lotus soon. It would be just all right.
  4. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    The Evora 400 Diaries

    Basically this is what I thought are the major problems of Lotus which they themselves didn´t even have noticed until today … they neglect their communication chances in the market and always get overrun by the others who can do. Also they lack of a professional and good press car preparation in Germany as well - they come to sport auto magazine tests with cars just not set up to the very task (Hockenheim short track or Nordschleife) like the German competition and later everybody including the existing customers is sad … unbelievably carless. In fact it is still the 1972 problem everywhere - Lotus evolved from that state? Sure. But the others evolved too and even sped up. Distance is the same. Maybe on some areas even bigger. That´s why I could accept less than premium service even with a new Lotus and look after it myself as good as possible if it drives that good as it does! … because this is a nearly impossible job for Lotus and their dealers. They maybe have a total 1 year budget of the size of the national Audi AG dealer trainings center in Ingolstadt 😉 Or maybe less than Porsche had spent for developing the right door panel in the Panamera 🙂
  5. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    The Evora 400 Diaries

    Agreed basically. It is the way to go. But at the moment it would be tough. Do you really think a big car dealership chooses Lotus - maybe as the 5th brand in store - for the profits … and not for the love of the brand?
  6. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    The Evora 400 Diaries

    @JayEmm … and basically its my fault 😉 isn´t it? Or it was luck that the car was at Strattons anyway and they were able to react quickly? Anyway I think a lot of you still ask too much from Lotus factory and dealers and their capabilities … they are a super small company with hand built cars and just are starting to get going. Also the dealers are small, have low volume cars and must offer a premium customer service at the same time and you even ask this at a fair price - this is hard to do when you are not selling new cars by the truckloads … I know stories about Porsche Panamera, GT3 (RS) and the lovely McLarens which makes your Evora experience a dream. One of my customers owned a McLaren MC12 and drove it within one year maybe 3 times, a replacement given … no way. In the beginning these cars were perfect when working but they were really not bulletproof and no one outside of the box did get the true stories - why? Because the guys didn´t want to look like fools and at the same time they didn´t want to ruin the image to keep used car prices up 🙂 I really think Lotus is doing fine. I found areas where they are facing problems they may even have not noticed but I hope they will and correct. Personally I am into high quality and accordingly a high price. But I bought an used Evora S as my first Lotus instead of starting with a new 400. A test buy. I wanted to learn "the Lotus ways" because I do not trust others on that topic. And it is like with every car if you are a little handy and know technically about cars in details (or you can ask others with high technical automotive knowledge) you sort out the basic problems of an exotic yourself. The previous (very honest) owner had constant and huge problems with this Evora I bought 2016 - my father and me we just listened to him carefully and took the car home and when the described problems arose (limp mode, no throttle response, problems with the driver seatbelt, cat / lambda problems) we just solved it ourselves. Okay Komo-Tech worked on the car too but only on the catalyzer thing as I wanted to change headers anyway. When I was really f*cking pissed with the coloring and design quality of the S forged wheels I started looking closer here. And when I did not get the Lotus Evora 410 wheels due to Lotus factory intervention (utterly ridiculous) then I checked my potential from the racing and here we have the Leitspeeds as there is no high quality option in the market anyway. Reasonable price for high quality and lightweight and a reasonable service for a still low volume car company: I hope this will be the future for Lotus.
  7. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Evora Picture & Video Thread

    Some short trip around home - for a nice meal in a good restaurant 😉
  8. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    JayEmm reviewed the Leitspeeds :-)

    No. Not at the moment. While development a discussion with Michelin showed it wont improve the car´s handling of the 410/400 cars.
  9. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    effect of lighweight wheels on straight line performance

    After JayEmms review of the Leitspeeds there were some questions again about the Lotus original wheel weights of the forged ones for the Evora types. We made a short comparison of the delta weights here. Attachment here: A PDF-comparison sheet with all the weights of Lotus wheels front and rear for cross checking other potential offers in the market. Weightcomparison-Evoraoriginal-vs-LSL01.pdf
  10. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    What made you happy today?

    Super happy today about this: JayEmm reviewing the Leitspeeds 🙂
  11. Check out JayEmm´s recent review of the Leitspeed LSL01 wheels for the Evora. I didn´t push him to that somehow but he said the sentence of which I was dreaming somebody would say after he got his hands on the wheels and a chance to drive them on his Evora: Quoting him freely: "If you want to make your Evora ever more Lotus than it already is, go for these wheels." Basically this is what I am aiming for with offering light weight wheels for the Evora 🙂
  12. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    New Evora GT4?

    They will have an awful lot to do with this car to speed up to the AMG GT GT4 or Audi R8. Many of my GT4 racing customers changed to the AMG or Audi R8 for the season 2019 already because cars and service are the top package. Just an Evora GT4 mock up maybe?
  13. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    effect of lighweight wheels on straight line performance

    @TheKevlarKid, sorry no, that big change (+55,5 mm) is not possible without a full redesign (new CAD, including a full production testing (bend fatigue, rolling, impacts)) of the rear wheel. It was very difficult to make a functional superior wheel design to fit the standard Evoras (NA/S, 400/410) so I do not want to make a new wheel for the GTE which is even a more small production car. Basically I did the job just because of the love for car and brand. Maybe we could do the GTE via racing production but with a different basic design - Minimum qty is then 20 front and 20 rear, but we can not do 19/20, in racing we can do 18/19 only.
  14. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    effect of lighweight wheels on straight line performance

    Haha. Absolutely right. If you handle Lotus wheels regularly and constantly struggle to put in the bolts and make the wheel fit to the hub well you will realize how perfect the Leitspeeds mount instead - with a lot of caring for details in design the mounting is much better than any Lotus original wheel … and also you do not have any problems with your spine or back after putting them on your car because of the weight advantage 🙂
  15. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    effect of lighweight wheels on straight line performance

    Yep. Carbon is a difficult material but it can be made most lightweight. I expect some progress there in future but the costs for aftermarket carbon wheels stays big. Evora 400: Our basic LSL01 wheel beats the Evora 400 standard wheels by 5,5 kg the set and d the super light Evora 410 Sport wheels still by 4,1 kg the set.