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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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    Bad Friedrichshall
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  1. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    California new "modified exhaust" laws

    Yes priorities are different. In Germany we are not allowed to carry guns and loud exhausts … or change anything on the car unless it has a KBA homologation. But still we may drive as fast as we can on certain motorway areas. But since the world´s climatic change has to be stopped (at least in Germany alone) at all costs we will lose that and even more soon.
  2. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Tyre paint

    I think there should not be any additional cost to point out the brand name of a tire. I would never charge my customers more for adding the LEITSPEED wheel center caps for the LEITSPEED Evora forged wheels. And I even pass out a plain center cap carrier of 60 mm diameter for each wheel if somebody wants to put in a Lotus logo instead of Leitspeed. But that is just my thinking 😉
  3. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Peoples’ reaction to your Evora

    The standard Evora 400 forged wheels should accept the higher loads. It can be ordered in Germany this way I think. So I do not know why he suggested to use the casted material? Maybe Lotus is simply running out of forged wheels stock right now? It is a big cost factor for every manufacturer. And the long production times at the supplier also limit the factory output and increase stock costs. Casted wheels are cheaper, much more easy to produce and to deliver more just in time to the factory. 2017 I wanted to get the more lightweight 410 Sport forged wheels for my 4seat Evora S. Lotus factory did not allow to sell these to me because they fear structural issues of their more lightweight wheels if the car would be fully loaded (passengers and trunk). It seems Lotus can´t or doesn´t want to cope with very high quality forged material? So I checked my racing wheel business (run a company for racing parts here in Germany) and made an alternative wheel which works, which is officially certified for the Evora (by German TÜV, with the demanded dynamic bench testing and driving testing by a third party testing institute) and accepts the 4 seaters still with a safety margin for some downforce.
  4. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Future of Lotus

    If you just can not do that - you are stone dead. If somebody wants to sell sports cars PR and advertising is as important as the product´s drive style. Because if you are not known and admired nobody can or will buy. Lotus cars drive well, so it should be fairly easy … and hopefully it works in the future 🙂
  5. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Future of Lotus

    I personally think the same, I never saw any Evora advertising in German or other EU car magazines, nothing, just recently the US social media team doing a better job promoting this car than everybody in the EU … For me the Evora is the most complete Lotus car. A car similar to the Esprit. And with the advent of a E supercar the Evora might get into the focus of more new customers too? Logic does tell that. Those who look for complete car may like the Evora too? And yes an Esprit above would even more nice 🙂
  6. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Future of Lotus

    Pininfarina also shows an E supercar and they want to start production and sales of E supercars from now on. Out of that I expect the 1000 hp+ e-power package and its drivetrain is available from some company and Lotus should do fine developing a chassis and body which works well. So the 2 mio GBP supercar as a trackday car should be relatively easy to achieve. It will boost the image of Lotus, helps massively on communication, introduces Lotus cars to many new customers. This will be positive for all Lotus owners and for the actual Lotus sales too. I am very positive about such an idea - even it sounds mad first. But it is a perfect PR tool.
  7. I just saw these headlines on the Autocar mag. front page … has anyone red about it? A Bugatti Chiron competitor? New Evora? Not an Esprit? Or will it be the same? SUV ok … basically clear.
  8. Sharper turn in is due to reduced rotating mass (smaller rim diameter and weight, wheel weight of Lotus forged originals is 9,5 kg 18" to 10,5 kg 19"). A more heavy wheel with and even bigger rim diameter wants to go straight and doesn´t like to change direction. Also the dynamic tyre radius at lower speeds or under (street) braking pressure is smaller with the 18"s vs. the 19"s. Even without loading up the front you can feel this in the Evora as the nose gets a little more more weight and the Evora feels more stable and at the same time more agile at the front. But if you would increase the speed to higher speeds and more sporty driving the 19" would beat the 18" on turning in while braking due to the stiffer tyre, higher grip and higher steering precision and driver feedback. This is shown in several press tests - street tyres (and most club sport tires) need stiff and low outside walls. If you want the car more agile, high grip and perfect feedback choose 19" and 20" then simply add lightness and camber. Changing something simple like rims and tyres can change the whole car 🙂
  9. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Evora Picture & Video Thread

    No. Not by definition. I´d call them McLarlambo style doors? I fear they add lift and weight. But if the owner likes them why not?
  10. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Production of Evora 400 ceased?

    If they will offer 4-cyl.+ Hybrid they can do 600 hp without any problems. But I don´t care. I´d rather have 400 from a V6 or V8 … it is all about sports car culture.
  11. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    380 wheels on a 350

    It is the basic Rimstock forged wheel basically for touring cars - one size fits it all … just an adaptation. Lotus could do so much better. But again there was a controller with an Excel sheet which stated differently 😉
  12. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Production of Evora 400 ceased?

    … because the forms of the front and rear bumper are going to be worn out soon and were not fitting 100% into the Lotus face history too? … but revamping them or even replace by a new design is too expensive due to some controller´s excel sheet 😉 So they simply chose to devalue the limited editions GT(S)430 and use their forms for the 410 too … and yes maybe they are even running out of Evora 400 badges. At the moment I can not believe in product strategy. It might be all more simple. In the long run Geely will make it all okay. Volvo worked out well. But we will see. If Lotus gives up 6-cylinders like Volvo did … how do they want to challenge Porsche?
  13. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Evora Picture & Video Thread

    In Germany some GT430s are still on sale. On the other hand if global extinction is on the way … we should buy them 😉 I think if Lotus would have been able to make much more press noise about the Evora 400 before and later with the GT430 maybe they all would have been sold within a short time and prices would be stable - even after several trackdays … we are talking of only 60 cars and not 1.900 something like the 15th limited edition of a Porsche Speedster or else! Simple: if you want to sell at a higher price your brand awareness in the sportscar market must be bigger. Quality does not matter on awareness. Awareness is first. Press display, advertising and demonstrator cars are the key. At the moment small boys do not dream of an Evora GT430 and put it on the wall as their bedroom poster a) I do not think Lotus ever printed some (!) and b) small boys look for more blingbling cars like McLaren, Ferrari or Lamborghini as they have no clue about driving (yet) and these cars are still promoted heavily by their makers. Anyway I like the Evora GT 430 and GTS 430 🙂 They are the best Evora you can get at the moment. If you can? Because it is just a cool thing to do. It makes your car special. You get more fun out of it just by owning it, looking at it and driving it. And you can even tune or upgrade it further and have even more fun. All what I would do 🙂 Target / mission: having the best possible GT430 on the planet (before the above mentioned extinction). I would just not mind if nobody would know what I am driving. Or laughing at me at spending a fortune on a "rubbish" Lotus and not on the zillionth "super" 911 GT3 - I would be just doing it all for me.
  14. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Brake discs for S1?

    I got the recommendation by Komo-Tec to use the Lotus OE parts and use Ferodo pads. Stock items. After braking them in properly with increasing heat steps in one turn and the long cool down period stationary they work perfectly well (track and road). No problems at all. Perfect in balance and high initial bite and no decrease when driving hard. To avoid rust I only park the car with very hot brakes when it got wet. Also I clean wheels (take off) and discs and calipers and all regularly after longer driving. It is really worth it. My old Evora S is not a daily driven car. So I can be a little more enthusiastic about cleaning after using. Preowners brakes (also stock) very really done in, looked horrible and so I changed very early. I keep the discs and pads (properly marked) still. Pic taken after approx 2.000 km. Only once in rain.
  15. Steffen_Leitgeb-LSWGmbh

    Evora Picture & Video Thread