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  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts adds more points at Croft

    BTCC Croft 2018 Audi S3 AmD Cobra SportThe AmD with Cobra Exhausts picked up more points as the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season reached the half way stage at Croft.

    The team made the trip to North Yorkshire seeking to build on a strong weekend at Oulton Park, with the Audi S3 having been right on the pace in the corresponding meeting twelve months ago.

    Having shown good pace through free practice, Tamworth-racer Ollie Jackson led the team’s challenge in qualifying with the 16th best time, which left him well placed to push for points in the opening race of the weekend.

    Moving up to 14th spot on the opening lap and avoiding a clash ahead at turn one, Ollie ran inside the top 15 throughout to add two points to his championship tally.

    More points looked possible after a strong start to race two saw Ollie running just outside the top ten, but he was then forced to pit when debris thrown up by a car ahead blocked the air intake on the front of the car.

    Whilst he was able to rejoin, he was well down the order and could only finish 25th, with the final race of the weekend seeing him restricted to 22nd on the slower hard compound tyre.

    Team-mate Sam Smelt was racing at Croft for the first time, with the Northampton-based driver qualifying in 32nd spot – his preparations for the session being hampered by a fuel pump issue that cost him valuable time in practice. 

    The rookie would pick up a 25th place finish in the opening race of the weekend and then went one better in race two as he battled with the rear of the midfield pack.

     His weekend would draw to a close with a 26th place finish in race three as he achieved his aim of three finishes to gain further vital knowledge to carry into the second half of the year.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “We showed some really good pace this weekend and I certainly think we deserved better. The car was mega in qualifying and if it hadn’t been for a fuel surge costing us a few tenths or a second, we might have actually broken into the top ten.

    “We were able to learn a few lessons with the set-up on Sunday, but really the day was spoiled with the bad luck of flying debris landing over the air intake, which forced me to pit and cost us a good finish in race two.

    “Without that, we could easily have been walking away from Croft and going into the summer break with a couple of top tens instead of a couple of points. Still, we’re now establishing ourselves as a team that is capable of consistently threatening the top ten, so I think we can look forward to a strong second half of the year.” 

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “We had a couple of issues in practice which cost me vital time on track to learn the circuit considering I have never been to Croft before. It made it tough going into qualifying and it was all about trying to make progress from there in the races. 

    “It was difficult to try and come through the field but in race three, the car was the best it has been and we made a good step forwards; I was just out of position to make the most of the pace we had. But considering the amount of laps I’ve done around Croft, it was a positive weekend.

    “I’m really looking forward now to going to Snetterton after the summer break as it is the circuit where I have done the most lasts in the car and I’m hoping to push towards the points.” 

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

    “It’s been a good weekend for both Ollie and Sam. We knew coming here that the car should be strong and Ollie showed that with the way in which he drove in the qualifying and the opening race. It was just unfortunate with what happened in race two as it robbed him of the chance to more points. 

    “Sam also did a good job considering it was his first time at the circuit and he improved his performance throughout the weekend to be in a position where he was showing genuine pace in the final race.

    “So far this season we have made good progress with the Audi and I think we can be confident about the second half of the year.”

  • Available Now - Ford Mustang GT V8 Performance Exhausts

    Ford Mustang GT V8 Cobra ExhaustProducing a highly improved aggressive muscle car tone matched with remarkable weight savings and quality manufacturing, the Cobra Sport Exhaust range for the Mustang GT hits all of the right notes for muscle car enthusiasts.

    The Cobra Sport exhausts for the Mustang GT have been developed in a variety of configurations for those looking for the ultimate exhaust upgrade. All of the new Mustang GT exhausts have been developed utilising 2.5" (63.5mm) mandrel bent T304 stainless steel pipework, advanced manufacturing techniques and superior TIG welding procedures produce a superlative finish. As the catalysts are left in place, all exhaust configurations will allow the vehicle to pass the MOT emissions test. Through innovative exhaust design, the Cobra exhaust produce an aggressive sound when under load without being raspy, the interior cabin sound levels have been carefully managed to eliminate cabin drone.

    Unique to the Cobra Sport range is the Venom Cat Back exhaust which consisting of a H-Pipe, link pipes and pipework to the rear with the silencers removed for the purest V8 exhaust sound. Recording a ferocious 108.5dB on the static 4,000rpm sound test, this exhaust is one of the loudest on the market whilst skilfully retaining a pitch perfect tone. This cat back exhaust configuration offers an impressive 38% weight saving reducing the exhaust weight by 12.35kg over standard system.

    Cobra Mustang GT Cat Back Performance ExhaustAll of the exhaust systems are available with a choice of tailpipe designs in a 4” (101.6mm) style to fit perfectly within the Mustang rear diffuser. The inward rolled and inverted slash cut designs are available in a highly polished stainless steel or with a ‘Blackout’ ceramic coated black finish.

    Cobra Sport Sales Manager Matt Thomas commented "The Mustang GT has been our radar for some time and we’re delighted to now offer a range of exhaust for this model with an upgrade configuration to suit all needs within the Mustang tuning community. While carrying out the road tests on this vehicle the cat back with H-Pipe and rear boxes stood out adding a beautifully deep V8 muscle car tone to the car whilst still remaining comfortable in the cabin. The sound level of this configuration peaked at a sporty 92dB adding 12dB over the standard exhaust”.

    Find our more on our product listings > Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 Cobra Exhausts

  • Charity Raffle - BTCC VIP & Passenger Ride - Master Cutlers Challenge 2018

    We have a range of incredible BTCC related prizes on offer as part of our 2018 Charity Raffle. Every year we take part in the Master Cutlers Challenge to raise money for local charities. This year we are raising money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

    Entry is by £5 donation to Bluebell Wood via the link below:

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    Our incredible money can’t buy top prize is a once in a lifetime passenger ride in the 2018 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 around the historic Donington Park circuit at the VAG Tuner Live show on Sunday the 8th July!

    The full list of prizes are as follows:

    ► Passenger ride with Ollie Jackson in the AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 BTCC Car at the VAG Tuner LIVE show on Sunday 8th July (includes 2 x tickets to the show). 

    ► 2 x VIP Tickets to the Knockhill round of the 2018 British Touring Car Championship

    ► BTCC Merchandise prizes - AmD with Cobra Exhausts official team wear jacket and 5 x caps. 

    ENTRY GUIDELINES:

    Entry to the competition is by a donation of £5 via our JustGiving fundraising page. 

    Please make sure you tick the ‘I’m happy to share my contact details with Cobra Sport’ on the final page of the donation process. 

    It is also very important that you also send an email to nick@cobrasport.com with your full name and telephone number so we can make sure that we are able to contact all competition winners. 

    Your personal information will only be used for contact relating to the competition, only stored until the completion of the competition and will not be used for any other purpose. 

    The winner of our passenger ride will be announced on our Facebook page on Thursday 5th July 2018. 

  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts battles to Oulton Park top ten

    Race 3 Podium - BTCC Oulton ParkThe AmD with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed a strong weekend on track at Oulton Park to secure a top ten finish from the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

    The team made the long trip to Cheshire hoping to challenge for points at a circuit where the Audi S3 had been strong twelve months ago.

    Tamworth based Ollie Jackson led the team’s challenge in qualifying to put his car 18th on the grid, with his best lap just eighth tenths of a second off pole in the ultra-competitive field.

    A battling drive in the opening race saw Ollie rewarded with a points finish in 14th after a heated fight in the midfield, with the 34-year-old managing to beat title hopeful Tom Ingram in a drag race to the line. 

    Running the soft compound tyre in race two, Ollie produced one of the best drives of his BTCC career to date as he battled his way forwards into the top ten before going wheel-to-wheel with title hopefuls Ingram and Jack Goff. The end result was a strong ninth place finish, leaving Ollie well placed to add to his tally in race three.

    A good start saw him immediately jump up to seventh spot but the race would then be halted because an accident, with the grid reformed in its original positions. This time around, Ollie would fall victim to contact from the Honda of Dan Cammish on the opening lap, which resulted in a puncture and an unscheduled visit to the pits. 

    Despite ending up down in 21st place as a result, Ollie ended the weekend as top scorer in the Jack Sears Trophy with a trip to the podium to end proceedings.

    Rookie team-mate Sam Smelt was left on the back foot going into race day after a difficult qualifying session saw him starting down in 31st place, with the Nottingham-based driver ending the opening race of the weekend in the same position.

    Making up six places on the opening lap of race two, Sam looked set to make progress through the field until contact forced him to retire with damage to the front of his car, which was fully repaired in time to take the start of race three.

    Avoiding the carnage ahead at the start of race, Sam produced his strongest race so far in the final race of the weekend as he broke into the top 20 for the first time, with a finish of 17th being his best to date.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “The big thing this weekend is that we had a better qualifying and it left us in a position to challenge on race day. We’ve showed strong pace throughout race day on both types of tyre and have secured two good results on merit and not simply because others have gifted us places. 

    “In the second race in particular, we were a match for anyone in the closing stages on the soft tyre and the team has done a brilliant job with the car – it was spot on.

    “Okay so it’s a bit disappointing that contact in the final race has robbed us of a potential top ten finish but I feel there is a lot we can take away from this weekend and we have something to build on next time out at Croft. 

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “I really need to work on my qualifying as that is what has held me back this weekend. Starting from the back of the grid it was always going to be difficult but we made some changes to the car ahead of race day that improved things and I was able to find more speed.

    “Although the first two races weren’t the best, it was good in race three to be in the mix and I’m pleased to have got my first top 20 finish under my belt. I think where we have finished this weekend gives us a good place to start when we go to Croft.” 

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

    “Even though we got on the podium at Brands Hatch, I’d say this was the best weekend we’ve had this season with the Audi. Ollie’s performance in the second race was particularly impressive as he held his own against some of the best drivers on the grid. I’m sure he could have had a top ten in race three without the contact.

    “It’s also good to see Sam get his best result so far in the sister car. It wasn’t an easy weekend and we know he still has a long way to go but he continues to make progress and is working his way forwards like we knew he would as the season goes on.

    “The results here leave me optimistic about what we can do at Croft next time out as it is somewhere where the Audi was strong last season so fingers crossed for another strong performance.”

  • Challenging weekend for AmD with Cobra Exhausts at Thruxton

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team was unlucky to come away from Thruxton without any points on the board after a challenging third weekend of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

    The team headed for the fastest circuit on the calendar hoping to challenge for top 15 places but it would prove to be a tough weekend for drivers Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt.

    Ollie had been eager to add to the points he scored during the opening meeting of the year at Brands Hatch but was on the back foot after qualifying having had to settle for 29th on the grid.

     The close nature of the pack meant overtaking would be tough in the opening race, with the Tamworth-based driver only able to work his way up to 25th despite being quicker than a number of his rivals ahead. 

    A solid drive in race two saw Ollie fight his way to 17th and left him well placed to try and push for points in race three only for contact on the opening lap to force him across the kerbs at the chicane.

    Although he was able to run in 16th for the opening laps, the kerb strike had damaged the front right tyre which then let go on lap eight; forcing him into the pits to retire.

    Northampton-based team-mate Sam was racing at the fearsome Hampshire venue for the first time in his career and lined up in 32nd spot on the grid for the opening race.

    A 28th place finish in the opening race was followed by 24th in race two and 26th in race three as the rookie was able to gain further valuable experience of racing in the highly competitive series. 

    Having struggled to maintain the progress made in the opening two rounds of the year, Sam will now hope to return to form next time out at Oulton Park.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “I think we were on the back foot in practice a bit after missing the test and then we mis-read the conditions in qualifying which left us out of position on the grid. We changed the car for the races and just got our heads down to try and work our way forwards. 

    “With the field as it is, it was hard to make progress but we got into a position where we could try and push for some points in race three. Unfortunately I got hit on the opening lap, which forced me across the kerbs and damaged the front right. 

    “It’s unfortunate as we could have scored but we have shown decent race pace again and should be going home with something to show for it.”

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “This weekend has been a tough one for me as Thruxton is such a unique circuit. Qualifying was difficult and even though the first race went quite well, I struggled in races two and three. 

    “This is a circuit where I think experience plays a big part and the fact I hadn’t been here before and didn’t have much mileage under my belt didn’t help. I’m hoping that when we go to Oulton Park, I’ll be closer to the pace and can put this weekend behind me and try and build on the results from Brands Hatch and Donington Park.”

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

    “As at Donington Park, this is a weekend when we could have scored points with the Audis and it is unfortunate that we come away from Thruxton without adding to our tally. We were on the back foot after qualifying and it wasn’t easy to make up places in the races, which you could see across the whole field.

    “Despite that, Ollie had got himself into a good position for the final race and it was only down to bad luck that he picked up tyre damage as without that, I’m sure he would have brought home some points.

    “It was a tough weekend for Sam but this is a challenging circuit for a rookie visiting for the first time and it would have been easy for him to make a mistake and put the car off track. As it was, he picked up three finishes and the extra track time will only help him moving forwards.”

  • Japfest 2018 at Silverstone

    Japfest 2016 LogoCobra Sport attended their third show of the 2018 season over a very sunny bank holiday weekend at Silverstone for europe’s largest Japanese tuning show. Japfest takes over the whole of the Northamptonshire venue and again proved to be the perfect venue for the show with space to host the many car clubs and tuning companies in attendance. The show features a display of over 3500 Japanese cars from the many car clubs from across the UK and Europe along with competitive drifting and high speed track action.

    Providing a pitch perfect soundtrack to the trade area of the show were four display vehicles all fitted with Cobra Sport exhausts offering visitors to the show a chance to hear the systems in real life.

    The stunning sound of the Cobra Exhaust for the Nissan 370Z continues to please, drawing the crowds to the stand during the exhaust sound demonstrations, the car on the stand was fitted with a full Cat Back exhaust which consists of the Y-Section, Centre & Rear Sections.

    Also receiving a great deal of attention on the stand was the Toyota GT86 fitted with the full Cobra Sport exhaust system which when fitted produces an unrivalled exhaust sound and performance upgrade. The full system includes de-cat manifold, sports cat, over pipe & non resonated cat back exhaust.

    Having previously displayed the 2.0 litre MX-5 ND at the 2017 Japfest show with dual exit exhaust, this year the 1.5 Litre MX-5 ND took a spot on the stand fitted with the popular MZ15 Resonated Cat Back Exhaust.

    To complete the collection of show cars we had the Mk3 MX-5 on display fitted with our ever popular race type rear box exhaust finished with a set of 'Blackout' ceramic coated Black Tailpipes.

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