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When I did a search, I saw that the Advan A048 and AD07 available (outside the US) all had the "LTS" designation after it. (LTS = Lotus I'm guessing.)

This is my guess why Lotus would want to work with Yokohama on the compound (as opposed to just the tread design): The Elise is much lighter than most cars on the market. Yokohama probably had to come up with a different (softer) compound to get the tire to perform with Lotus' suspension. Too light of a car and too hard of a tire compound means that a tire won't reach it's operating temperature and offer maximum adhesion. Of course, that's just my guess.

Bob
 
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