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  • Coming Soon - Mini (F56) Cooper S 2.0 Turbo (incl 2018 LCI model)

    Cobra Sport Mini Cooper S F56 Exhaust DevelopmentThe Cobra Sport development team have today taken delivery of a 2018 Facelift F56 LCI Mini Cooper S to begin our exacting performance exhaust development process.

    The team will be developing a range of exhaust upgrades to ensure fitment for the both the 2014 onwards pre-facelift F56 model and the latest F56 LCI facelift model with gasoline particulate filter.

    The new Cobra Sport exhaust range will utilise free flowing mandrel bent true 3" stainless steel pipework which will be fully TIG welded for superior flow, strength and visual appeal. Increased power is a major part of the development plan and the 3" pipework will provide maximum gas flow to enable tuning partners to make the most of the 2 litre engine.

    Upon completion of the development process, the new Cobra Sport exhaust range will be available in a number of configurations to meet the needs of all enthusiasts. For the pre-facelift F56, buyers will have the choice of a cat back exhaust and full sports cat / de-cat turbo back exhaust upgrade (with an optional remote operated valve). For the 2018 F56 LCI model, a GPF back exhaust will be available initially followed by a GPF delete and matching sports cat / de cat downpipes once the tuning software becomes available.

    The Cobra Sport Exhaust range will be available with a choice of 3.5" tailpipe designs and finishes. Perfectly in keeping with the Mini Cooper design ethos will be the option for a Carbon Fibre tailpipe upgrade.

    Full product details will be announced throughout the full 4 week development. Keep an eye on social media channels for updates, sound clips and details of product testing at one of the UK's leading Mini tuning specialists.

  • Cobra Sport Acquires Counterpart with NPIF Backing

    Pic: Shaun Flannery
    Pictured L-R Ken Cooper, British Business Bank, Rachel Abbott, Cobra Sport, Pete Sorsby, of Mercia.

    Cobra Sport Exhausts are delighted to announce that they have purchased the assets of a counterpart in Cheshire, supported by a six-figure loan from NPIF - Mercia Debt Finance.

    Cobra Sport has acquired the assets of JP Exhausts in a deal that has secured 16 jobs.

    The acquired business, which manufactures classic, race and prestige exhausts and manifolds, had been facing an uncertain future due to the retirement of the owner John Parker and the untimely death of his son Jim.

    The JP Exhausts name has been retained and manufacturing will continue in Cheshire at new premises in Congleton. The deal is expected to create five jobs in the near future and will allow Cobra Sport to expand into the motorsport market.

    Rachel Abbott, joint managing director of Cobra Sport, said: "We are really pleased to welcome aboard our colleagues from JP Exhausts. Both companies have their origins around 50 years ago and can draw on a wealth of experience in the industry. Joining forces allows us to expand the range of products we offer existing customers and puts us in a stronger position to move forward."

    NPIF - Mercia Debt Finance is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

    Peter Sorsby, investment manager at Mercia Fund Managers, said: "This deal has resulted in a successful outcome for both teams and it has been satisfying to be able to support it. Not only has it has secured the future of JP Exhausts and the jobs of its staff, but it will also allow Cobra Sport to move ahead with its growth plans and strengthen its presence in the motorsport market."

    Ken Cooper, managing director at British Business Bank, added: "It is good to see the Northern Powerhouse Fund being used to support two established and growing businesses in Cobra Sport and JP Exhausts. This new funding will allow the combined company to scale up its operations and address the attractive US market."

  • Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing chasing success with 2019 BTCC line-up

    Shaun Hollamby Sam Tordoff Rory Butcher Cobra Sport AmD BTCCThe Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team will go into the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship fully focused on challenging for top honours after confirming its driver line-up for the 2019 campaign.

    The team will field a pair of race-winning Honda Civic Type Rs in the UK’s leading series next year and will head into the new season in better shape than ever before after concluding deals with two of the leading drivers on the grid.

    Fife racer Rory Butcher will return for a second season in AmD colours having joined the team at the start of 2018 for what was his first full year of touring car competition.

    Now armed with one of the strongest packages on the BTCC grid, Rory will seek to add his name to the list of race winners and launch a bid for championship silverware.

    In a real signal of Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing’s intent for the season ahead, Rory will be joined in the two-car line-up by Yorkshireman Sam Tordoff who joins the team for what will be his sixth full season in the series.

    The 29-year-old made his BTCC debut back in 2010 in a one-off drive before joining the grid on a full-time basis in 2013, having previously enjoyed success in the Renault Clio Cup UK and the Porsche Carrera Cup.

    Having finished as series runner-up in 2016, Sam spent a season in GT racing before returning to touring cars this year with Motorbase - taking eleventh in the standings and ending the campaign with the best qualifying average on the grid and a race win at Silverstone.

    Like Rory, Sam has his sights firmly fixed on challenging for championship silverware with an outright title bid being the ultimate aim.

    Rory and Sam will make their race debuts in the Hondas when the 2019 season kicks off at Brands Hatch in early April.

    Rory Butcher, #6 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:
    “This year for me was all about gaining experience in the BTCC and learning the ropes after so long racing in GT cars. My aim was to build towards getting into a top package for 2019 to push forwards up the grid, and I’m delighted that I can do that and also stay with Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing to build on what we achieved this year. I have to thank Shaun, the team and all of my sponsors for making that possible.

    “You only have to look at the stats for the Honda in recent years to see how well it has performed and on paper, there is huge potential for us to do some big things on track in 2019. It’s a big step up for both the team and I, and I’m confident that this package will give us a great chance of success. Certainly, I think it would be silly of me to not aim for podiums and race wins and I’ll also be looking at the bigger picture of getting as many points on the board as we can to see where it leaves us come the end of the season.

    “It’s also great to have Sam coming onboard and I don’t think I could wish for a better team-mate. We enjoyed some good races together when I was with Celtic Speed in the Carrera Cup, and since he moved into the BTCC he has shown himself to be one of the top drivers with his results on track.

    Sam Tordoff, #600 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:
    “The Honda is a car that I’ve wanted to race for some time and when Gordon Shedden beat me to the title in one, it only increased my desire to see what it was like. To be honest, I didn’t think it was going to happen and it wasn’t something that was on my radar, but then this deal with Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing came along and I couldn’t be more excited.

    “I’m sure there will be some people who are surprised by this move and whilst there is some appeal in going into 2019 as an underdog, the reality is that I have one aim and that is to fight for the championship title. I showed strong pace on track in 2018 but things just didn’t go my way and eleventh in the standings wasn’t what I was looking for – and it isn’t what I’m chasing next year.

    “Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing have put a lot of investment into not only getting the cars, but in strengthening the team behind the scenes in order to move to the next level and there can be no excuses. The Honda was on pole for the final round of 2018 and won races, so we have to be aiming to do the same from the outset and I’m confident we can raise a few eyebrows when the season gets underway – and will only get stronger as the year goes on.

    “It was also important for me to know that I’d have a strong team-mate alongside me and that is exactly what I have in Rory. Some of his performances in the MG this year were above where the car should have been and I think we’ll form a strong partnership. In my eyes, with everything that Shaun and AmD have pulled together for this programme, there is no weak link.”

    Shaun Hollamby, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing joint team principal, said:
    “From the moment we agreed a deal to purchase the two Hondas, our focus has been on making sure we signed the right drivers who would give us the best chance of success on track in 2019. In Rory and Sam, I’m confident we have found the ideal pairing and we are massively excited about what we can achieve together next season.

    “We knew when we brought Rory onboard this year that he was a top quality driver and his performances in the MG were outstanding. He fitted in with the team immediately and keeping him for a second season was a priority. Given the fact he now has a year of experience under his belt, I have no doubt at all that Rory will be a real contender for podium finishes and race wins.

    “To bring in a driver of the calibre of Sam is fantastic for us as a team and we are expecting big things from him at the wheel of the Honda. He brings experience from running with three of BTCC’s top teams and is a proven race winner who has consistently shown himself to be one of the quickest drivers on the grid. He is also well aware of what needs to be done to build a championship challenge, and that has to be his target in 2019.

    “Alongside the cars and the drivers, we have been working behind the scenes to strengthen our engineering team and made investments in the facilities back at base, which are an indication of how seriously we are taking this programme. Whilst the BTCC remains as competitive as ever, we aren’t here to make up the numbers and are fully focused on fighting at the sharp end of the grid and battling for silverware.”

    Rachel Abbott, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing joint team principal, said:

    “I’m delighted that we have been able to have secure both Sam and Rory for the 2019 season as we embark on a new challenge with the Hondas.

    “A driver of Sam’s calibre is a great addition to the team and he brings a wealth of BTCC experience as well as a history of excellent results in the series. It is exciting to see what Rory is capable of at the wheel of the Honda after a solid season in the MG this year and I’m sure that as a pair, they will produce some fantastic results next year.

    “I’m really looking forward to working with them both.”

  • Cobra Sport AmD Racing Reveal 2019 Honda BTCC Programme!

    AmD Tuning can today confirm an exciting new venture alongside long-time supporter Cobra Sport Exhausts that will see them enter a pair of Honda Civic Type Rs in the 2019 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship under the Cobra Sport AmD Racing banner.

    In a joint venture with Cobra Sport Exhausts, AmD Tuning has purchased the two cars that secured race wins and multiple podiums in recent seasons with the Eurotech team, as well as the TOCA BTCC Licences (TBLs) that are required to run them in the series.

    The addition of the two Hondas means the AmD team will continue to run a four-car programme in the series, having expanded twelve months ago when it took over the running of a pair of ex-works MG6 GTs alongside two Audi S3s.

    The Hondas will take the place of the two MGs in the AmD line-up, with those cars set to move on to new owners in the coming months. The Audis will still be run by AmD Tuning but now under the Trade Price Cars Racing banner.

    Having taken collection of the two Hondas last week, work is now underway preparing the cars for the start of pre-season testing. Discussions with potential drivers and title sponsors are already underway, with further announcements to be made in due course.

    “Last season, it was a big move for us to expand to a four-car team and after a successful 2018, we are again seeking to move forwards to the next level,” Cobra Sport AmD Racing joint team principal Shaun Hollamby said.

    “Whilst we enjoyed some strong results on track with the MGs, the opportunity to purchase the ex-Eurotech Hondas was one that was too good to turn down as you only have to look at the stats to see what a strong package the FK2 Civic Type R is.

    “Acquiring these cars provides us with a fantastic platform to really raise our game and fight consistently towards the sharp end of the grid, and we are already in discussions with drivers who we know are capable of helping us to achieve our goal.

    “Without doubt, this is the most exciting development for us as a team since we joined the BTCC, and we have to thank Cobra Sport Exhausts for helping to make it possible. Together, I’m extremely confident about a successful 2019.”

    As part of the expanded relationship, Cobra Sport Exhausts Managing Director Rachel Abbott will take on a joint team principal role alongside Hollamby during the season ahead.

    “Cobra Sport Exhausts have been involved as title sponsors for a number of years now and our involvement in the management of certain aspects of the team has increased over this time,” she said. “We are very excited to be taking the next step as joint team owners with AmD Tuning in our new team, Cobra Sport AmD Racing.

    “We are delighted to have purchased - with Shaun - the two Hondas and TBLs from Jeff Smith at Eurotech Racing. Jeff was a pleasure to deal with, and he and his team have done a tremendous job with the development of the cars over the last few seasons.

    “Professional motorsport involvement runs in the family as my father drove the British Saloon Car Championship’s championship winning Team Broadspeed’s Ford Anglia in the 70s and 80s and was also a team owner of a Formula Ford 2000 race team.

    “I am proud to be able to continue the family tradition and on a personal level, I am looking forward to working with Shaun as joint team principal on this new venture. Shaun has a wealth of knowledge in motorsport and he has built a great team of talented people who I have had the opportunity to get to know over the last few seasons.

    “I am excited to see what we can achieve together in 2019 and beyond.”

    The final livery in which the Cobra Sport AmD Racing Hondas will race will be revealed at a later date.

  • TRAX 2018 - Silverstone

    TRAX Logo 2016As the final event of an action packed 2018 show season, the TRAX show is a real highlight of the calendar bringing together a wide mix of vehicle make and enthusiasts. As one of the biggest and best attended shows of the year, the Silverstone circuit was again packed to capacity!

    Car S.O.S TV presenter and Cobra Sport brand ambassador Tim Shaw joined us on the the stand for a signing session and a chance to talk about all of the latest releases from Cobra Sport exhausts, check out the video below:

    On the stand we have a trio of display cars including the Airtec / Cobra Sport demonstration Ford Fiesta ST Mk8 which brought the crowds keen to hear how the 3 cylinder ST would sound in the flesh. A big thanks go to Airtec and Jamie FYD for their efforts to get the car to the show, checkout Jamie’s ‘First Drive’ review on the FYD Youtube page >.

    Also on the stand were a spotless Audi S3 (8V) fitted with our non resonated cat back exhaust and also our Toyota GT86 demo car fitted with non resonated cat back and de-cat downpipe. Sound clips from all three exhaust demonstration cars are now live on our Youtube page >

    We’re already part way through our planning for an even busier 2019 show season and look forward to releasing the details of the shows we plan to attend early in the new year. 

  • Points and pace for AmD with Cobra Exhausts in BTCC finale

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed a solid end to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season with another two points scoring finishes at Brands Hatch. 

    The team made the trip to the Kent circuit hoping to challenge for strong results on track, with both Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt targeting points from the final three races of the year.

    Tamworth-based Ollie impressed in qualifying to put his Audi S3 in 18th spot on the grid for the opening race and ran just outside the points-scoring positions throughout, eventually crossing the line in 17th spot.

    Despite being shuffled back to 20th in the midfield battles of race two, Ollie fought back well through the closing laps to secure a points scoring finish on the final lap, with 15th place leaving him well set for the season finale.

    Quickly making up places at the start of race two, Ollie climbed as high as eleventh with a impressive performance on track and crossed the line in twelfth as the chequered flag dropped to secure another points scoring finish.

    Northampton-based team-mate Sam qualified 28th in the sister Audi and opened up race day with a 25th place finish in race one. 

    A strong drive in race two saw Sam break into the top 20 and left him optimistic about his chances of breaking into the points for the first time in the final race of the season. 

    It looked like an elusive points finish was there for the taking when Sam made a fantastic start, but having been forced to the outside on the run through Graham Hill Bend, he was then hung out to dry at Surtees and slipped back down the order. 

    It meant he ended his rookie campaign with a 26th place finish.

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

    “We’ve had a good weekend to end the season, which was important after the bad luck we faced in recent events. We performed strongly all weekend and after a solid result in race two, it was great to be as competitive as we were in race three and we could easily have had a top ten. 

    “We’ve ended the year on a high and whilst it has been a mixed season, it has certainly had more highs than it has lows. As a team, we have worked hard to get as much as we could from the Audi and I think we have done a good job to maximise the package we have in a very competitive field. 

    “I’m proud of everything we have achieved on track.”

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

    “I didn’t get the most from the car in qualifying which meant I was on the back foot going into race day, but I think I came back well from in the races. I made a few errors in race one that cost me, but then the second race went really well and to get into the top 20 was a solid result. 

    “I really wanted to try and get some points from race three but being forced wide on the opening lap dropped me right back and that was my chance gone, which was just one of those thing that happens.

    “Overall, I feel I have learned a lot and improved in leaps and bounds from when the season started. It’s a shame that I couldn’t get the results from those weekends where we were at our strongest, but luck hasn’t always been on my side. Hopefully I can come back and have another crack at it next year.”

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

    “It’s been a good weekend for us with the Audis and a solid end to the year. Both drivers have shown good pace on track and Ollie’s performance in the final race in particular was fantastic – he really showed what he can do in a highly competitive field.

    “Sam is really unfortunate to not score points this weekend but he can hold his head up high with how he has performed during the year. People underestimate how big the step up was for him this season but he has kept out of trouble and made a lot of progress that he can now look to build on in 2019.”

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