Performance Review: Nike LeBron 8 V/2.
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If you read the performance review of the Nike LeBron 8 V/1, you would know about the luxury feel, amazing fit, traction and cushioning. But where the V/1 was like the BMW M3 with its combination of performance and luxury, the V/2 would be like BMW M3 CSL. The M3 CSL was a limited edition version of the E46 generation M3. The CSL drops 110 kg (240 lbs) of curb weight from the traditional M3 while gaining a total of 17hp as well. To achieve the dramatic weight savings and desired performance, there were many considerations taken. The M3 CSL used carbon fiber reinforced polymer body pieces, lightweight exhaust manifold and thinner exhaust piping, refined suspension components, upgraded brakes, and an aerodynamic lightweight body kit that helps improve downforce by 50% but also even features a hole in the front bumper to help draw cool air from outside the engine bay into the intake system of the car. All these performance improvements helped the M3 CSL go around the world famous Top Gear test track in 1:28.0 (with the help of a certain tame racing driver), while the regular E46 BMW M3 clocked in at 1:31.8. A HUGE difference.
In the automotive industry and motorsports, generally the lighter you are, the faster you can go. Nike and Senior Basketball Designer Jason Petrie took the same approach to the LeBron 8 signature line. LeBron started the season with the luxuriously padded and flywire/leather wrapped V/1. For the mid-season when teams are jockeying for position, or even on the hunt to take the lead in their conference, Petrie gave LeBron something familiar for the post-season hunt, but also slightly different at the same time. Anyone who’s into motorsports or racing knows that trying to cut weight while maintaining key components and a 50/50 weight balance is so hard. Like replacing the windshield glass for a thinner one to save maybe a pound? Doing this in a shoe? Even harder. But Jason Petrie managed to lighten up some of the interior padding, as well as eliminating the leather panels to give the V/2 a slight advantage in the weight department while keeping the same lockdown fit and ensuring the shoe itself is still very stable.
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