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  • Top 10 Showing and Pole Position at Knockhill in the BTCC

    The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team secured another top ten finish from the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill. The team made the long trip to Scotland eager to maintain the solid form displayed this season by the ever-improving Audi S3, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales confident of adding more points to their respective totals.

    BTCC Knockhill 2017Lichfield racer Ant – making his first appearance at Knockhill since 2015 – secured his best qualifying result to date to start the opening race of the weekend from 13th spot.

    Battling against a number of cars running the softer compound tyre, Ant would end the opening race in 17th place and then fought his way forwards to eleventh in race two – which had to be restarted after an early accident - with a solid drive on track for his fourth points finish of the year. A post-race penalty for Josh Price then promoted Ant into the top ten for the first time and left him on pole for race three thanks to the reverse grid draw.

    Running the soft tyre, Ant maintained the lead through the first lap but then dipped a wheel into the gravel at the Chicane on lap two when his Audi got out of shape – losing momentum and resulting in him taking a hit in the rear from the following car.

    BTCC Knockhill 2017With bodywork rubbing on the left rear tyre, Ant was forced to return to the pits for repairs before rejoining two laps down; going on to produce a series of laps quicker than anyone else on track as he eventually finished 27th.

    “After the first lap when [Tom] Ingram made a move and backed out of it, I thought that we had the pace to run at the front and I’d pulled a small advantage heading towards the Chicane.

     “As I went to turn in, the right rear just snapped out a little bit and I went into the corner sideways but I managed to catch it and just dipped a wheel into the gravel. Unfortunately, I lost momentum as a result and got a hit from behind which meant I had to pit or we’d have lost the tyre.

    “The pace we showed after rejoining was absolutely mega and I can take a lot of confidence from that into the races that are still to come.”

    BTCC Knockhill 2017Team-mate Ollie was left on the back foot after electrical issue in qualifying left him down in 30th place on the grid for the opening race.

    Having taken the finish in 28th spot in race one, Ollie’s hopes of a strong result in race two were hampered by contact in the incident that caused the race to be stopped – which the team worked hard to repair for the restart.

    Further contact when the race got back underway left him with an ill-handling car and resulted in a 19th place finish, with the Tamworth-based driver then forced out of the final race of the weekend after on-track contact and a gearbox issue saw him bring his car back into the pits.

    “We missed a chance to score points this weekend,” he said, “but the problem in qualifying meant we were right in the middle of all the trouble for race day. We went a bit stiff with the set-up in race one and didn’t make the progress we’d hoped for and then in race two, there was yet more contact that there didn’t need to be that left me with a damaged car.

    “At the start, I’d taken to the grass to avoid the incident ahead before someone simply ploughed into the side of my car and the boys did a great job to get the car fit for the race - only for the same driver to then hit me again and knock the handling out.

     Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted that it was a weekend of mixed emotions for his two drivers.

    “For Ollie it’s been tough this weekend as he should have been in the top ten on the grid for race one which could have led to a totally different outcome on race day,” he said. “Sadly he found himself in the wars and wasn’t able to get the results he was capable of. 

    “Ant has done a good job and has led a race for the first time, and I genuinely think he could have been on for a really good result in that final race before the contact that saw him forced to pit.

    “His laps when he rejoined were fantastic and I think he has learned a lot this weekend that he can take into Rockingham, where the Audi was strong last season. Ollie and Ant continue to work well together as a pairing and I feel confident that they can do a good job when we go to Rockingham for the next round.”

    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography

  • Banzai Magazine - Tech Talk Q&A (September 2017)

    Banzai Magazine - Front Cover September 2017The September edition of Banzai magazine includes a 3 page technical Q&A with Cobra Sport director Peter Jarvis.

    The article gives an update on recent developments at Cobra Sport since our inclusion in the Banzai 'Best of British' series last year.

    It has been a busy year at Cobra Sport for new product releases for Japanese vehicles having launched a new range of performance exhausts for the Mk4 Mazda MX-5 earlier this year along with a highly popular de-cat manifold for the GT86. New ventures into further motorsport events are also discussed including our vehicle sponsorship in the UK Fueltopia and Formula G championships.

    The magazine is available now from all major retail outlets and a copy can be viewed in the images below.

  • Ford Fair 2017 - Silverstone

    Ford Fair LogoAs one of the biggest shows of the summer, Ford Fair 2017 again proved to be a fantastic day out for Ford owners and enthusiasts. Taking over an extra large plot in the trade area we had a group of high performance Ford vehicles on the stand all fitted with Cobra Sport performance exhaust systems.

    Drawing the crowds and creating a buzz on the stand was our tuning partner AET Motorsport's Voodoo Fiesta ST180. Fitted with a Cobra De-Cat + Cobra Fiesta ST Venom exhaust and matched with an AET re-map, the Voodoo car sounds stunning! Also drawing the crowds were a stunning nitrous blue Mk3 Ford Focus RS promoting the valved Cobra Sport Venom exhaust system which proved incredibly popular with RS owners.

    Completing the line up on the Cobra Sport stand we had a Fiesta ST 180 fitted with our 2.5" non resonated cat back exhaust along with a stealth grey Focus ST 250 with 3" Venom cat back performance exhaust.

    The Cobra Sport merchandise range again proved popular on the day with many owners of Cobra Sport Exhausts visiting the trailer to purchase hoodies, t-shirts and caps. We also had stocks of our newly launched range of vinyl vehicle graphics which include side stripes, large Cobra heads and sun strips which are available in three styles.

  • Available Now - Mk3 Audi TTS Quattro Redefined

    Audi TTS Mk3 Cobra Sport ExhaustIn line with Cobra Sport’s objective to continually expand their range of performance stainless steel exhausts, the most recent vehicle to pass through the development programme is the Mk3 Audi TTS 2.0 TFSi Quattro. The new systems build on the success of the previous Mk2 TTS exhausts and have been developed in a number of configurations to appeal to a wide range of buyer requirements.

    The new Cobra Sport systems for the Mk3 TTS offer the best of both worlds producing a deeper exhaust tone than standard which becomes highly aggressive when under full load whilst maintaining a sophisticated improvement in tonality for everyday use

    The Cobra Sport development team have produced both valved and non valved systems for the Mk3 Audi TTS. The valued systems are designed with the valve housing welded directly into the exhaust system allowing the use of the OE motors through the direct electrical connection. All systems are available with the active exhaust valves removed creating a more intense, constant sound and power upgrade.

    Audi TTS Mk3 Resonated Non-Valved Cat Back ExhaustThe Cobra Sport team were able to reduce the weight of the exhaust by an impressive 39% over the OEM system with the resonated 3” non resonated cat back system weighing in at only 10.95kg compared to the original 17.95kg. The de-cat front pipe benefits from a 20% weight saving over standard weighing just 7.57kg.

    Cobra Sport’s Sales Manager, Matt Thomas, explains “The sound we have managed to achieve from the Mk3 TTS is in line with the marque’s core values creating an unobtrusive and classy drive. The pitch perfect sound changes when under load increasing in volume and becoming more engaging with sound testing of the resonated cat back exhaust revealing a + 4dB increase on the 4,000 rpm test and + 9dB increase over the standard exhaust at idle. Those who require a more dynamic and aggressive exhaust tone can opt for the non-resonated turbo back system, which, with a de-cat, provides an all-round more involved and sportier upgrade whilst also opening up the opportunities for power gains for our tuning partners”.

    Cobra Sport brings two decades of innovative design and unparalleled manufacturing expertise and are willing to back up their promises on quality, with a lifetime guarantee for customers who purchase the exhaust upgrade. Usual refinements that match the aspirations of the most demanding driver include, hand finishing using advanced TIG welding techniques and all Grade 304 stainless pipework being formed expertly on CNC Mandrel bending machines, which ensures the smoothest of gas flow, with precision jig manufacturing to ensure a perfect fit.

    Find out more information on our product page > Audi TTS Mk3 Quattro Performance Exhausts

  • Double points in the BTCC at Snetterton

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC SnettertonThe AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team secured a brace of points finishes from what proved to be a challenging weekend as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship burst back into life at Snetterton. The team headed to Norfolk buoyed by a strong showing at Croft prior to the summer break and with confidence high of fighting for more top 15 finishes.

    Fresh from three points finish in North Yorkshire, Tamworth-based Ollie Jackson qualified 17th on the grid at the wheel of his Audi S3 and looked well set to score again as he quickly fought his way into the points in the opening race. However, Ollie would then find himself on the receiving end of contact on multiple occasions as the Audi was roughed back to the lower fringes of the top 20; with the 33-year-old left to wonder what might have been as he brought his damaged car to the finish in 18th place. Ollie picked up points in race two with a solid run to 14th spot but any hope of pushing further towards the top ten were ended on the opening lap of race three when he was taken off at Oggies by an out-of-control rival.

    Ollie Jackson - BTCC Snetterton“There is no doubt that we had a car that was capable of the top ten this weekend and it’s only because of stupid driving from other people that we’ve not been able to get some really good points,” he said. “The car was better than it was at Croft and I think that was reflected by the improved performance in qualifying, even if we should have been higher on the grid than we were.

    Team-mate Ant Whorton-Eales was also keen to push for points at the longest circuit on the calendar and qualified in a fine 15th place for the opening race of the weekend. Like Ollie, the reigning Clio Cup UK champion found himself in the heart of the action in the opening race of the weekend – with contact on more than one occasion meaning he ultimately finished the race down in 20th spot. Having finished race two in 21st, the team made a series of changes to Ant’s Audi ahead of the final race of the weekend and the Lichfield racer took full advantage with a strong drive that saw him battle his way up to eleventh place; matching his best result in the series to date.

    Ant Whorton-Eales - BTCC Snetterton“Before the final race we made a lot of changes to the car and it was a lot better. We took a real step in the right direction and the changes really improved the car so I could fight forwards into the points. The pleasing thing was discovering afterwards that we’d been racing door-to-door with guys who were on the soft tyre, which should have been quicker, and we proved to be more than a match for them.

    “Although we could have scored more than the single points finish, it’s been a good weekend and I hope we can build on the progress we’re making and continue to challenge for points.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted it had been a weekend where both drivers deserved more than the results they had picked up from the three races.

    “Both drivers have driven well this weekend, certainly better than the results on paper show, and there is nothing that they could have done to avoid being caught up in other peoples incidents,” he said. “There’s a lot of hard work that has gone into the cars and we have to just keep plugging away at it and not let what has happened here get us down.

    “We have to keep pushing to progress up the grid so we avoid getting mixed up in the trouble that keeps occurring, so that is what we’ll focus on as we look towards Knockhill.”

    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography 

  • Vag Tuner Live 2017 - Donington Park

    Cobra Sport had a double presence at the VAG Tuner Live show at Donington Park occupying a large space in the paddock with the Cobra events trailer and also a pit garage giving easy access to the track for the AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC car. With the unique open track nature of the VAG Tuner Live show and the timing of the BTCC summer break, we were able to run the Audi S3 British Touring car extensively around the track for our charity passenger rides showcasing the speed and sound created by the race car fitted with a hand built Cobra Sport exhaust system.

    On the Cobra Sport stand we had three display cars including the Mk7 VW Golf R fitted with a non resonated cat back sports exhaust system and the Cobra Sport Audi S3 Saloon with a resonated cat back stainless steel exhaust. The third display car fitted with full turbo back performance exhaust system with high flow sports catalyst was a stunning VW Polo GTI 1.4 TSI.

    Cobra Sport / AmDTuning Pit Garage - VAG Tuner LiveThe AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 British Touring car was one of the main highlights of the show running on the track in amongst and quickly overtaking other high performance Audi, VW and Seat vehicles.

    Throughout the summer, we have been taking part in the Mistress Cutlers' Challenge raising money for the Sheffield Childrens Hospital and Cavendish Cancer Care. As part of the challenge, Cobra Sport MD Rachel Jarvis-Abbott took part in a sponsored passenger ride in the BTCC car with driver Ollie Jackson around the Donington Park circuit. The winner of our BTCC passenger ride competition (Mike) also experienced a number of high speed passenger laps around the Donington Park circuit.

    A huge thank you to everyone who supported the challenge, we hope you enjoy the on board footage!

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