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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Cobra Sport Statement (updated 27/03/2020)

    Updated advice following the latest government announcement:

    The on-going situation will be monitored daily and our procedures will be updated in line with further government advice.

    Public Access:

    The health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is an absolute priority. Therefore, our premises are now temporarily closed until further notice.

    Online Orders:

    Our website will remain active and will be accepting all trade and retail orders as usual. Orders placed on the website will be stacked on a first come, first served basis until we return to the premises to service them. Orders will be fulfilled as quickly as possible and our team will do everything they can to keep customers updated on order progress.

    Customer Service:

    Our team have the ability to work remotely, customer services will continue as normal. In order to offer the best possible service, email is now our preferred method of contact – sales@cobrasport.com.

    Cobra Sport Exhausts are direct fit exhaust systems and can be installed by any suitably competent individual. Fitting instructions are included for complex systems and our technical helplines will remain open during this period to answer any queries.

    Thank you for your ongoing support, we hope that you all stay safe and well and that we all recover from these most unusual of circumstances.

    With very best wishes,

    The Cobra Sport Team

  • Strong BTCC Media Day test for Motorbase Performance

    All three Motorbase Performance British Touring Car Championship drivers were riding high after the first official test session of the season at Silverstone this week, with Rory Butcher setting a lap time good enough to put him in the top four.

    The team has introduced the fourth-generation Ford Focus for 2020 and has spent long man-hours in the workshop getting the new weapon ready for the track.

    Cobra Sport have been working closely with Motorbase over the winter to provide the complete performance exhaust setup for the new 2020 Mk4 Ford Focus ST British Touring Car. The new complete stainless steel exhaust system (including manifold) has been manufactured in Sheffield with performance top of the agenda and is designed to give the new car a competitive edge in the 2020 BTCC season.

    After some initial running at Brands Hatch last week, Butcher and his team-mates Ollie Jackson and Andy Neate took to the track in the BTCC’s official curtain-raiser on Tuesday. Butcher said that his 1m06.612s lap, which was set during second part of the four-hour test, had him licking his lips in preparation for the 2020 campaign.

    The BTCC organisers have taken steps to postpone the opening three meetings of the season as a result of the coronavirus and the first scheduled round will now be at Thruxton in Hampshire in the middle of May. The season had been due to begin at Donington Park on March 28-29.

    Butcher, the reigning BTCC Independents Trophy holder, said: “It is very hard to know what the other teams and drivers where up to: I suspect many of them were using the softer tyres and running without ballast to grab the headlines, but I know our pace was genuine, which fills me with optimism.

    “We have already got a fairly good base set-up and we are now at the point where we can chip away at refining it. We haven’t hit the bullseye yet and we are already fast, so I am pleased about that. All the changes we made were positive.

    “With the delay to the start of the season, it will give us more time to get out there and refine what we have underneath us, but we are started from a very strong point.”

    Team-mate Jackson was another who was revelling in the handling of the hatchback. He completed more than 110 laps over the four-hour test and ended the running in 13th position with a lap of 1m07.066s. He said that his programme was centred more on learning about the new car.

    “We are starting from a completely different place than with the older-spec Focus,” he said. “And we are already in a very good position. We were making changes to the set-up across the day, and I was finding chunks of lap time with each one. We were gaining tenths of a second, which is really encouraging and shows that there is even more to come yet.

    “What is a real testament to the team is that the Focus has run faultlessly, which has enabled me to concentrate on finding the maximum from it and we are gaining ground whenever we take to the track. I am certainly very optimistic about what is to come.”

    Andy Neate, who is returning to the category for the first time since 2016, racked up mileage in the team’s older-spec Ford Focus as his new version was being prepared and said he was delighted to be back in the cut-and-thrust of the BTCC paddocks. Although his running was hindered by a vibration on the car, he nevertheless recorded 80 laps around the 1.85-mile track.

    Neate said: “While it was frustrating that we were chasing a problem throughout the day, any seat time is useful and it allowed me to blow away a few cobwebs and get back into the swing of things.

    “We made some improvements to the vibration and I was all set for a quick run at the end of the day, but session was cut short and that thwarted us. With the delay to the start of the season, I think my new car will be ready in time for the season now when it does start, and it has already shown huge potential. I am excited about the year ahead.”

    Team boss David Bartrum said that the delayed lead-in to the 2020 British Touring Car Championship would give the Kent-based operation time to make further tweaks to its new car and be ready to hit the ground running when the campaign does eventually get going.

    “It is an odd feeling: I am a very happy team boss because of the way the new car performed and it really justified our decision to build it but there is a sad part in that the global situation is causing real headaches for people,” said Bartrum. “We have a number of suppliers, contractors and freelancers who work with us and we know these are very challenging times ahead for them. They are very much in our thoughts.

    “The delay to the start of the season will give us more time to refine the cars with further testing planned, and that will be vital for us. It is a credit to the boys in the workshop that the new cars have managed to hit the track without any problems and even the shakedowns we planned turned into full test sessions straight away because the cars were faultless.

    “We are already at the point where we are nailing down refinements to the set-up. With more running, we will only get stronger.”

  • Available Now - Audi R8 4.2 V8 Gen 1 Performance Exhausts

    Regarded as a modern classic by many, the first generation Audi R8 V8 marked a new era for well-built, easy to live with, mid-engined supercars. Despite being launched in 2006, the R8 has stood the test of time and still looks and feels as fresh today as it did at launch.

    In standard form, the R8's exhaust has an excellent tone, generated by its high-revving Cosworth-derived 4.2 V8. That being said, the factory exhaust is very restrictive, making for a somewhat muted and disappointing final article. Not what you would expect from a car with such performance credentials.

    Sheffield-based performance exhaust manufacturer, Cobra Sport, have developed a solution for this in the form of their recently launched Cat-Back exhaust system designed specifically for the first generation V8 model. This new exhaust is precision TIG-welded from T304 stainless steel and is fitted with valves that integrate with the vehicles factory configurations. The valves open and close depending on the vehicle's RPM, so it stays subdued at idle but unleashes the full fury of its thunderous V8 soundtrack when revved to its 8500RPM redline. On average, throughout the rev range, Cobra Sport's system is 12db louder than stock with zero motorway drone, making for a significant improvement without ruining the excellent drivability that the R8 is famed for. A noticeable improvement in power distribution higher up the rev range was experienced during testing, thanks to the free flowing performance exhaust setup. The Cobra Sport setup offers a 12kg (30%) weight saving over standard further enhancing the vehicle dynamics.

    Cobra Sport's system is designed to fit in conjunction with the R8's standard tailpipes, but optional Carbon Fibre tips in O/E twin style are available should that be to the owner's taste. These tips really finish off the rear end of the supercar, and look particularly superb on vehicle's fitted with Audi's optional Carbon Fibre Side Blade.

    With over 25 years in the performance exhaust industry, each Cobra Sport exhaust system is designed, manufactured and tested in Sheffield, the heart of the UK steel industry. Cobra Sport utilise TIG-welding techniques to ensure a flawless finish and quality that you can rely on.

    View full product information on our product page - Audi R8 Gen1 4.2 V8 Performance Exhausts

  • AVAILABLE NOW - VW GOLF R MK7.5 PERFORMANCE EXHAUSTS

    The VW Golf R Mk7.5 follows on from the success of it's predecessor: the Mk7 R. VW have gone to great lengths to make sure that the updated version of their four-wheel drive mega-hatch is improved in every conceivable way seemingly bar one: the introduction of a GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) in the vehicle's exhaust system. The addition of the GPF allows the newest Golf R to conform to the latest European Emissions Standards but as a trade off, it dilutes the vehicle's aural qualities, making for a performance car that doesn't quite have the bark to match it's bite.

    Cobra Sport in Sheffield have developed a solution for this in the form of their new GPF-Back Performance Exhaust System. Precision TIG-welded from T304 stainless steel, this new system is available with or without integrated valves. The valves are specially developed to integrate with the factory Driving Modes and open or close depending on the mode selected, so you can keep sound levels to a minimum or unleash the engine's full potential, depending on your mood. In addition to this, vehicles fitted with the optional DSG gearbox will emit an enhanced sporty tone on upshifts. The GPF-Back system, as the name suggests, retains the factory Gasoline Particulate Filter, but still manages to effectively enhance the exhaust note of the vehicle's EA888 2.0 TSI engine.

    A range of 4"/101.6mm round and 4.5"/114.3 oval tailpipes options are available, including highly polished stainless steel tips and Ceramic-coated Blackout tips (optional extra) which really set the rear of the car apart from a standard Golf R.

    Like all Cobra Sport exhausts, this system utilises precision TIG-welding techniques for exemplary fit and finish – a feature that gives Cobra Sport an advantage over other manufacturers. With over 25 years in the performance exhaust industry, each Cobra Sport exhaust system is designed, manufactured and tested in Sheffield, the heart of the UK steel industry.

    Find out more on the product page - VW Golf R Mk7.5 Performance Exhausts

  • Available Now - Ford Fiesta ST Mk8 Cat Back (GPF Delete) Performance Exhausts

    The Ford Fiesta ST Mk8 is a fantastic hot hatch. The shift from a four-cylinder engine in the beloved Mk7.5 ST to a three-cylinder the Mk8 was met with some uncertainty upon launch. But, when Fiesta fans drove the updated pocket rocket, any doubts they had were quickly quelled. Despite being down on capacity and minus one cylinder, the rev-happy 1.5 EcoBoost engine produces more power than its predecessor whilst at the same time, returning better fuel economy thanks to innovations such as Cylinder Deactivation Technology.

    However, more stringent emissions regulations forced Ford to fit a GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) to the Mk8 ST, significantly subduing its exhaust note.

    Following on from the success of the GPF Back exhaust system launched in late 2019, Cobra Sport has developed a solution to bring the car to life. They are proud to announce their latest product release for the Mk8 Fiesta ST: a full Cat Back Performance Exhaust system which includes the GPF-Delete section.

    This system differentiates itself from the GPF Back variant by including an additional mid section to completely remove the factory-fitted particulate filter. This allows for improved gas-flow, better performance gains and most importantly and a significant improvement in the exhaust tone. A simple ECU reflash will be required at the time of fitting to prevent engine warning lights illuminating.

    The bore size of the Cobra Sport exhaust has been increased to 3” (76.2mm), which is unique in the market providing the greatest upgrade in terms of performance, flow rate and sound levels.

    The performance exhaust system is made from 3"/76.2mm mandrel-bent T304 stainless steel pipework and comprises of a GPF-delete, mid section and a valved back box which maintains the OEM valve functionality. In addition to this, buyers have the choice of three stylish slash-cut 3.5"/88.9mm tailpipe finishes including Highly Polished Steel, Black Ceramic-Coated (+80) and Carbon Fibre (+140).

    Like all Cobra Sport exhausts, this system utilises precision TIG-welding techniques for exemplary fit and finish – a feature that sets Cobra Sport apart from other manufacturers. With over 25 years in the performance exhaust industry, each Cobra Sport exhaust system is designed, manufactured and tested in Sheffield, the heart of the UK steel industry. Cobra Sport utilise TIG-welding techniques to ensure a flawless finish and quality that you can rely on.

    Be sure to take a look at the current GPF Back Performance Exhaust system that we offer for the Mk8 Fiesta ST - Ford Fiesta ST Mk8 Performance Exhausts (Valved)

  • Available Now - Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Facelift V8 2018> Valved Performance Exhausts

    Ever since the right-hand drive Mustang GT was launched, the 5.0 V8 has become a firm favourite with UK petrol heads. Aggressive muscle car looks, matched with a lively rear-wheel drive chassis and that thundering V8 make for an exciting machine. 

    Cobra Sport was quick to spot the potential of the 5.0 V8 and developed a performance exhaust system for the original model. But they didn’t rest there. Over the last few months they’ve been busy working on a valved system that fully integrates with the Ford drive modes on facelift 2018+ vehicles. The end result is a beautifully made system that offers the best of both worlds.

    This innovative setup utilises both valves, something no other exhaust manufacturer has so far been able to achieve. It means Mustang owners can now take advantage of a thundering sound when they want it (especially in Sport+ mode), but at the flick of a dial, lower the volume for cruising. 

    Like all Cobra Sport exhausts, the Mustang GT valved system is TIG-welded from high-quality T304 stainless steel. The mandrel-bent pipework is a full 3in (76.2mm) in diameter, which is larger than any competitor systems, to ensure maximum gas flow. 

    The centre silencer is replaced with a much freer-flowing 3in H-pipe with link pipes and pipework to the rear silencers and there’s a choice of 4in (101.6mm) tailpipes, including inward rolled and inverted slash-cut in highly polished finish, ceramic-coated Blackout or carbon fibre (both cost options).  

    The stock catalysts and GPF remain in place so there are no issues with emissions come MoT time. This is a direct replacement for the stock system, with the impeccable fit and finish you’d expect from one of the UK’s leading performance exhaust specialists. 

    With over 25 years in the performance exhaust industry, each Cobra Sport exhaust system is designed, manufactured and tested in Sheffield, the heart of the UK steel industry. Cobra Sport utilise TIG-welding techniques to ensure a flawless finish and quality that you can rely on

    At a glance...

     

    • TIG-welded 3in (76.2mm) diameter mandrel-bent pipework for optimum gas flow
    • Integrates fully with the Ford Drive modes via built in valves 
    • 3in (76.2mm) H-pipe removes central silencer and mixes gas flow
    • Stock catalysts and GPF retained (MoT compliant) 
    • Available in valved and non-valved GPF-back configurations
    • Selection of 4in (101.6mm) tailpipe options including ceramic-coated Blackout (+£180) and carbon fibre (+£280)

     

    View the full product information and listen to the sound over on our product pages > Ford Mustang Facelift GT V8 Cat Back Valved Performance Exhaust Upgrade

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