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  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts Stun with Podium at Brands Hatch!

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed a stunning start to the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season with a fine podium finish at Brands Hatch.

    The team went into the opening meeting of the campaign eager to impress, with returning driver Ollie Jackson keen to push for points and series debutant Sam Smelt targeting valuable mileage to build his experience. 

    Tamworth-based Ollie showed solid pace throughout practice but the tight nature of the times meant he had to settle for 23rd on the grid in qualifying despite being just six-tenths of a second away from pole position. Northampton-based Sam meanwhile lined up 32nd on the grid for race one with a best time less than 1.2secs off pole. 

    Rain greeted the team for the opening race of the weekend but Ollie reveled in the wet conditions when the lights went out, fighting his way up to 16th place on the opening lap and into the points by the time the Safety Car was deployed on lap two. 

    Racing hard in the midfield throughout, he brought his Audi S3 home to the finish in twelfth spot to pick up some early championship points whilst Sam achieved his aim of a solid finish in 24th. 

    Changeable conditions going into race two left teams with a decision to take over which tyres to run, with Ollie and the team gambling on going with slick rubber on the drying track. 

    Early on, that meant he slipped back down the order but as the circuit conditions improved, so he started to rapidly climb his way up the order. From 21st at the end of lap twelve, Ollie had raced his way into the top eight by lap 20 and continued to pick off the drivers ahead to run in a four-car train battling for the lead with three laps to go. 

    When one of those cars ahead then ran off track, Ollie moved into third place to secure his maiden BTCC podium, a first for the Audi S3 and the team’s first since Knockhill in 2014.

    Sam elected to run with wet tyres and that allowed him to climb up into the top 20 in the early stages of the race but he would ultimately finish 25th when the performance of his tyres dropped away.

    Fourth on the grid for race three thanks to the reverse grid draw, Ollie made a strong start despite being forced to carry success ballast on his car and climbed up to second when the lights went out. 

    Although he would slip back to seventh place, Ollie looked well placed to pick up another strong finish only for contact on the final lap to cost him valuable places as he crossed the line in 14th.

    Sam’s strongest drive of the weekend was rewarded with another 25th place finish as he got involved with racing with the pack; gaining valuable experience to take forwards into the races to come.

     Ollie Jackson, #48 Audi S3, said:

    “It’s been an emotional weekend. We’ve worked so hard as a team to improve the Audi and have been getting quicker and quicker, and today we’ve been able to fight for strong results across all three races. 

    “Race one was perhaps the race of the day to be honest and to come from where we where on the grid to finish twelfth was really good and helped to set up the result in race two.

    “We knew it was a gamble to go with slicks but also knew that the circuit was only going to get drier and it proved to be the right call. The car was absolutely fantastic and to bring home a podium was beyond our expectations coming into the weekend.

    “Even with the success ballast onboard for race three, we could well have had a top five finish had we not been hit off track a few times, which also cost us the Jack Sears Trophy this weekend.

    “However, I can’t go away from a weekend where I’ve taken my first podium feeling disappointed and I think we have shown this weekend that we deserve to be taken seriously in this series and aren’t just here to make up the numbers. We have to now try to build on this and fight for regular points as the season goes on." 

    Sam Smelt, #23 Audi S3, said:

    “It’s been a good weekend for me. Coming into the weekend my aim was to have three clean races and pick up three finishes and that is what I’ve managed to do. I think I improved in terms of my performance on track every time I went on track, and the feedback I was able to give the team has also improved.

    “It’s been good for me to sample all kinds of weather and the experience will only aid me going forwards through the rest of the year. This weekend has been a case of mission accomplished and my focus now is on trying to take another step forwards when we get to Donington Park.”

    Shaun Hollamby, AmD with Cobra Exhausts team principal, said:

    “It’s been a fantastic weekend to start the season and to come away with a podium is way more than we could have imagined.  The team has worked hard all weekend to improve the car and both Ollie and Sam have done a good job on track.

    “Ollie has driven better than he has ever done before across race day and he made the most of the tyre call in race two with a fantastic performance. To secure his first podium in that way was brilliant but it was just as impressive to see how he drove with extra weight in the car in race three. If anything, that showed the steps forward we have taken with the Audi and he certainly deserved more than he got.

    “The conditions this weekend have made it difficult for Sam given his experience, but he has done exactly what we wanted him to do. He stayed out of trouble, has got quicker as the weekend has gone on and put in a solid drive in race three.

     “I have to give huge thanks to everyone involved with the team for their efforts on a weekend like this, particularly the likes of Cobra and Carbon Clean as we wouldn’t be racing without their support and hopefully we can build on these results as the season goes on.”

  • Available Now - BMW 420D (F36 Gran Coupe) Dual Exit Exhaust

    BMW 420D Gran Coupe (2015 on) Dual Exit ExhaustCobra Sport has added the BMW 420D Gran Coupe to their ever popular range of dual exit exhaust conversions with the launch of a BMW 440i style dual exit exhaust system.

    For those seeking to achieve the more aggressive and sporty look of the 440i to the rear end of their 420D, Cobra Sport now offer a dual exit cosmetic exhaust upgrade which makes a bold statement.

    Designed to fit the 2015 > Gran Coupe (F36 & F36 LCI) B57 Engine, this exhaust system fits neatly with the M-Sport rear bumper and the 440i M-Sport dual exit lower rear panel (available separately). Once fitted, the new Cobra Sport 420D exhaust system and replacement body panels look entirely at home on the car and gives the 420D a much sportier edge.

    Matt Thomas, Cobra Sport’s Sales Manager says “We’ve seen a growing trend of people wanting to achieve the look of the more recognisable 440i’s dual exit exhaust on the more economical diesel model, our dual exit exhaust conversion allows them to achieve the look with this fantastic cosmetic upgrade”.

    The new dual exit exhaust for the 420D is finished with a choice of round 3.5” (88.9mm) highly polished T304 stainless steel tailpipes which further enhance the appearance the car and perfectly match the styling of the popular BMW M-Sport models.

    Find our more on our product listings > BMW 420D (2015>) F36 / F36 LCI Gran Coupe Dual Exit Exhaust Conversions

  • Tim Shaw (Car S.O.S) Custom Built Audi S2 Quattro Cobra Sport Exhaust

    Tim Shaw from Car S.O.S was back at Cobra Sport HQ this week having recently visited to film for an episode of the popular National Geographic & Channel 4 TV show.

    Tim brought his 1992 Audi S2 Quattro in for a full custom built Stainless Steel Cobra Sport Performance Exhaust. The new exhaust system was built directly to the car using 2.5” pipework directly from the turbo back creating the pitch perfect exhaust sound for which Cobra Sport Exhausts are famous for. The new exhaust system was finished with a set of twin 3” staggered highly polished tailpipes to maintain the standard manufacture look of the classic S2.

     

  • Available Now - 1.5 Litre Mazda MX-5 (ND) Performance Exhausts

    Mazda MX-5 Dual Exit Cobra Sport ExhaustBuilding on an existing first class reputation in the Mazda MX-5 tuning market, Cobra Sport have applied their expertise to the latest MX-5 ND model. The Cobra Sport team have created a range of performance exhaust options to improve the looks, performance and sound of the 1.5 litre Mazda MX-5.

    The Cobra Sport exhausts for the 1.5 litre and 2.0 Mk4 MX-5 have been developed in a variety of configurations for those looking to upgrade the aesthetics of the Mazda MX-5. These options include a direct replacement exhaust with single tailpipe to one side along with dual and centre exit exhaust conversions. The new dual and centre exit exhaust systems have been designed to be fitted in conjunction with an aftermarket lower rear panel creating a re-designed sportier look to the rear of the car. All of the Cobra Sport exhausts have been developed using 2.5" (63.5mm) mandrel bent T304 stainless steel pipework, advanced manufacturing techniques and superior TIG welding procedures produce a superlative finish.

    Mazda MX-5 (ND) Centre Exit Performance Exhaust

    Cobra Sport Sales Manager Matt Thomas commented "We're very excited about the release of our new exhaust range for the latest Mazda MX-5 having had extensive success with the previous MX-5 models. We launched our exhaust range for the 2.0 model Mk4 MX-5 during 2017 and have now applied the same attention to detail to the 1.5 Litre model. The unique ability to easily improve the looks and sound of the MX-5 with our Centre or Dual Exit exhaust has generated considerable interest from our worldwide tuning partners. As with all Cobra Sport exhausts, the new systems have been designed to improve the sound with increased volume whilst still having a perfectly balanced pitch and tone”.

    The Cobra Sport cat back exhausts can be matched with a second de-cat front pipe (manual gearbox only) to create the most dynamic sound track and enable an increase in engine performance. Matched with the second de-cat option which still allows the vehicle to pass the MOT emissions test, the non resonated dual exit cat back system produces a beautifully pitch perfect sound throughout the rev range. Through innovative exhaust design, interior cabin sound levels have been carefully managed with the above system registering a maximum of 88dB whilst under full load.

    Find out more information on our product page > Mazda MX-5 (ND) Performance Exhausts

    O/E Style Single Side Exit MX-5 ND Exhaust

     

    Centre Exit Cobra Sport MX-5 ND Exhaust (Fitted with additional rear panel)

     

    Dual Exit Cobra Sport MX-5 ND Exhaust (Fitted with additional rear panel)

  • Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt confirmed for 2018 BTCC season

    The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts BTCC team can today confirm that Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt will race the teams Audi S3s in the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

    The team heads into the new campaign seeking to build on the impressive progress made throughout last year, when it picked up it’s best points haul in the series to date. Tamworth-based Ollie returns for a third successive season with the team on the back of a strong 2017 that saw him start a race from pole, lead a race for the first time and finish inside the top ten in the Independents’ championship standings.

    He will seek to build on those results to regularly push towards the top ten, with the 33-year-old aiming to make the most of improvements being made to the Audi over the winter to try and push for a maiden podium finish. Ollie will also look to challenge for honours in the revised Jack Sears Trophy, which is now open to drivers who go into 2018 having yet to take to the overall podium.

    New team-mate Sam meanwhile will be making his debut in the series this season as he makes a return to tin-top competition for 2018. The 21-year-old from Northampton ended last year racing in the BTCC-supporting British F4 series, having earlier competed in the Volkswagen Racing Cup. Having graduated from karting twelve months ago, this season will be Sam’s second year in car racing, with the youngster looking to gain as much experience as possible to make progress up the highly-competitive grid.

    Work is currently ongoing to prepare the two Audis for pre-season testing, which is scheduled to get underway in February ahead of the opening meeting of the season.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 Audi S3, said:

     

    “I’m delighted to be returning with the team for a third season with the Audi and am really excited about what 2018 holds. We made a lot of progress last year but I don’t feel the job is finished yet, and I’d like to think that we can continue to build on everything we learned in 2017.

    “The testing programme we have in place means we can do some proper pre-season running, and will allow us to be fully prepared for the start of the season at Brands. We’ll be able to hit the ground running and can then focus on maximising our performance on track.

    “Having regularly challenged for points last year, the aim for me is to push for top ten finishes from the outset and I certainly feel that a podium could be possible if things fall our way. Independents’ class wins and the Jack Sears Trophy are certainly realistic, and I feel we have a good chance of coming away from 2018 with some silverware.”

    Sam Smelt, #23 Audi S3, said:

     

    “I really enjoyed the chance to sample the Audi when I tested back in November and came away from the day having ticked all the boxes I felt I needed to tick. Given how well it went with the team, I saw a good chance to make the move up the BTCC and am delighted that we’ve been able to agree a deal.

    “I’m really excited about the fact that I’m going to be competing in the series this season, but I’m also aware that the step up is a big one in my second year of car racing. I think this will be a learning year for me, particularly in the first half of the season, and I’ll have to take it race-by-race and see how I get on. I’m expecting it to be tough at the start, but I’d like to think that as the year goes on, I’ll be able to start pushing for points finishes and fighting my way further up the field.”

    Shaun Hollamby, team principal, said:

     

    “We’re pleased to confirm Ollie and Sam as our drivers for 2018, and are confident that both can enjoy a successful year on track. “In Ollie’s case, he has taken huge strides forwards since he rejoined us back in 2016, particularly last year which was arguably his strongest season in the BTCC. Our hope for 2018 is to see him regularly challenge towards the top ten and push for the Jack Sears Trophy title

    “Sam faces a steep learning curve as a rookie driver, but he did a solid job when he tested the car in tricky conditions back in November. He is a youngster with a lot of potential, and there is no reason why he can’t look to challenge for points as the season goes on.

  • Available Now - Audi S3 (8V) Sportback Performance Exhausts

    Audi S3 Sportback Performance ExhaustsThe Advancement of Audi’s S3 Sportback through Exhaust Technology

    Cars of the calibre of Audi’s S3 require more careful consideration prior to development of a performance enhancing exhaust system. Both Cobra Sport’s Technical and R&D teams were involved in the planning and preparation that went into the product testing and development of this new system to ensure that the correct balance was achieved between aesthetics and power to make the most of the S3’s 2.0 TFSi engine.

    The Cobra Sport system delivers significant power increases, but its glory has to be in the weight saving achieved. Swapping the Cat-back system results in a staggering 30% reduction in weight from the OE system’s 26.9kg, with the Cobra Sport alternative weighing in at 18.8kg on like for like components.

    You can be assured of only the highest quality materials being used in the production of all Cobra Sports exhaust systems with the highest quality grade 304 stainless steel used throughout the components and each exhaust being hand finished and individually TIG welded at our Sheffield factory. The levels of quality achieved enables us to offer a lifetime guarantee on all exhaust systems which provides the ultimate piece of mind for the customer.

    The Cobra Sport’s quad exit system benefits from angled 88.9mm tailpipes which can be finished in either matt black or original highly polished stainless steel. The end result of this attention to detail, is an ultra-lightweight system which complements the S3’s body styling and sporting pedigree while delivering enhanced performance and handling capabilities.

    Find our more on our product pages > Audi S3 5 Door Sportback (8V) Exhausts

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