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Monthly Archives: June 2016

  • Available Now - VW Polo GTI 1.8 TSI Performance Exhaust Systems

    VW Polo GTI 1.8 TSI Sports Exhaust SystemsThe latest vehicle to pass through the Cobra Sport exhaust development process is the MK6 VW Polo GTI 1.8 TSI. Having previously achieved impressive results from the 1.4 Polo GTI we were keen to get the MK6 Polo GTI into the workshop to develop a new range of Cobra Sport performance exhausts.

    The larger 1.8 litre engine in the new Polo GTI produces 190bhp as standard matched with an impressive 236 lb-ft of torque giving the lightweight (1272kg) Polo impressive performance figure on paper whilst creating an exhilarating drive. The 1.8 litre petrol engine is in essence a downsized version of the 2.0 litre TSI engine found in the Golf GTI. The engine shows hints of displaying a hard edged exhaust tone as standard, this is something we have taken much further to offer a deeper more vibrant pitch to the finished Polo GTI exhaust systems.

    The new MK6 Polo has been a big hit with initial owners and journalists who rate the 1.8 litre TSI engine as a big improvement over the 1.4 TSI which laboured at the top end of the rev range. The move back to a manual 6 speed gearbox has also met approval thanks to the extra torque available over the optional 7-speed DSG gearbox.

    The larger 1.8 litre engine in the new Polo GTI produces 190bhp as standard matched with an impressive 236 lb-­‐ft of torque giving the lightweight Polo impressive performance figures on paper whilst creating an exhilarating drive. The Cobra Sport team were able to reduce the weight of the exhaust system by an impressive 41% over the OEM system with the resonated 2.5” cat back system weighing in at only 9.52kg compared to the original 16.20kg. The de-­cat and sports cat front pipes have been enlarged to 3” bore and offer a weight saving of 0.60kg.

    The new systems benefit from all of the usual Cobra Sport refinements with mandrel bent, TIG welded, grade 304 stainless steel used throughout the systems as standard. You can therefore be assured of only the best quality in a Cobra Sport system. Matt Thomas, Sales Manager at Cobra Sport says “The new MK6 Polo has been a big hit with initial owners and journalists who rate the naturally aspirated 1.8 litre engine as a big improvement over the previous 1.4 TSI. We are very excited to have developed a full range of exhaust systems to offer an upgrade to suit the wide range of buyer requirements. The new Cobra Sport systems greatly improve the exhaust pitch and tone and add the sporty edge which was missing from the factory system. The resonated cat back system offers the subtlest upgrade offering an increase of 10db over the standard system in the 4,000 rpm static test. The resonated cat back exhaust upgrade is designed to provide a purposeful but unobtrusive pitch perfect sound quality which in no way interferes with day-­to‐day drivability”.

    The styling of the system is finished off with a choice of twin 3” and 3.25” tailpipes in a highly polished T304 stainless steel finish. These options include a less obtrusive oval slash cut version which further compliments the VW aesthetics.

    View our full range of exhausts for the VW Polo GTI 1.8 on our product pages > VW Polo GTI Exhausts

     

  • Performance BMW Magazine Company Profile (June 2016)

    June 2016 Performance BMW Magazine CoverThe June 2016 issue of Performance BMW magazine includes a 3 page company profile which takes a look behind the scenes at our Sheffield based headquarters along with our long standing heritage in the performance exhaust market.

    In the BMW magazine feature the article explains how the Cobra Sport originated and how we have evolved to become the business we are today. We are excited to be described in the article as "One of the most influential performance parts companies in the UK". We are working hard to expand our offering of direct fit BMW performance exhausts having recently released systems for the BMW M135i. Our cosmetic range for the 3-series and 420D continue to be popular with those looking for a dual exit exhaust conversion for a sportier look.

    The magazine is available from many retail outlets, a copy of the feature can be seen below.

  • Pace and Points for AmDTuning in the BTCC at Croft

    Cobra Sport AmD Tuning BTCC Car Croft 2016The Cobra Sport team and guests enjoyed a fantastic day of racing at Croft on Sunday witnessing a great day of touring car racing at the half-way stage of the BTCC season. Ollie Jackson and the Cobra Sport sponsored AmdTuning team went into the weekend hoping to add to their points tally for the season on a track which would suit the set up of the Audi S3 Saloon. It was great to see so many Cobra Sport hoodies, caps and polo shirts in the crowd at Croft on Sunday. Official Cobra Sport / AmDTuning team wear and merchandise will be available at all of the BTCC races this year from the Motorsports Photography Stall along with our own website >. The stall will also have body panels from the Audi S3 car signed by Ollie Jackson available for sale for those looking for a unique gift or souvenir!

    The West Thurrock based team made the long trip to North Yorkshire keen to build on the pace displayed by its Audi S3 at Oulton Park two weeks earlier, where an unfortunate clash on-track in race three was all that prevented driver Ollie Jackson from a well deserved points finish.

    AmDTuning BTCC Garage - Croft 2016Throughout practice the Audi showed good pace with Ollie lapping just a second away from the leaders. Putting together an excellent qualifying lap in difficult on track conditions Ollie was able to secure 22nd place on the grid for race one after a tightly-fought qualifying session that saw nearly the full field covered by just two seconds.

    Electing to run Dunlop’s hard compound tyre at the first opportunity, the first race proved to be a great spectacle with plenty of on track action and no fewer than 3 safety car periods. By the end of the race Ollie had fought his way up the field but slipped back to 19th position by the finish of the race.

    Switching back to soft tyres for race two allowed Ollie Jackson in the AmDTuning car to battle his way up through the field from 19th on the grid to take the finish in 15th place and secure a well-earned point. It was great to see the Audi S3 showing that it was able to compete much further up the field fending off many of the big names in the process and setting lap times comparable to the leaders.

    The arrival of rain in the run-up to race three left teams in a quandary over which way to go with their tyres, with the team electing to stay on slicks in the hope that the shower would pass. Unfortunately, worsening conditions left Ollie with little option but to pit to change tyres, dropping him off the lead lap and resulting in a 26th place finish.

    Ollie Jackson BTCC Croft 2016 AmDTuningDespite the end however, Ollie declared himself pleased with the weekend as a whole.

    “Overall, I think that was the best race day we have had so far this season,” he said. “We made a transformational change to the car overnight which I’m delighted about as it transformed how it performed on track and I think that will benefit us for the remainder of the season.

    “To score a points finish this weekend having raced our way into the top 15 was really pleasing and I think it was certainly worth us taking the gamble in race three as the end result would have been spectacular if it had gone our way. I’ve never been frightened of racing a car in damp conditions on slick tyres and we are only racing for individual results rather than a championship, so we took the decision to go for it.

    “Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse but at least we gave it a go. Despite that, it was a good way to go into the summer break and I can’t wait for Snetterton.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby was also pleased with Ollie’s performance on-track, which provided a boost for the Audi squad going into the summer break.

    “We wanted to pick up a points finish this weekend going into the break, so it’s great that we managed to achieve our aim,” he said. “This is a circuit where the racing is always close and we knew it wouldn’t be easy, but Ollie produced his best drive of the season in race two and he was rewarded for it.

    “To score points in this championship is one thing, but to score them on merit in that way is particularly pleasing and its unfortunate that we made the wrong call on tyres for the final race. Had the rain eased off as we thought it was going to, there is no doubt we’d have been on for a fantastic result but sadly it didn’t go our way.

    “However, this weekend has seen us make more progress and I think we’re in good shape for the second half of the year.”

     

  • Cobra Sport unleash the Venom of the Astra J VXR

    Vauxhall Astra J VXR Venom ExhaustCobra Sport have expanded on their range of performance exhausts for the Vauxhall Astra J VXR by creating a Venom exhaust system which features simplified rear pipework for the ultimate improvements in both sound and performance.

    The OE system has been replaced with mandrel bent 3”/76.2mm bore T304 stainless steel pipework and is manufactured in Sheffield with beautifully bent pipework in place of the usual rear box to smooth gas flow and maximise possible performance gains. The simplified pipework of the Venom system has been designed to create an unrivalled deep sporty sound which will set the Astra J VXR ahead of the crowd. Sound testing of the finished Venom exhaust system when matched with additional first and second de-cat front pipes recorded an impressive 98db on the sound meter @ 4000rpm with a sound track which becomes highly aggressive under load.

    As with the other Astra J VXR exhaust systems in the Cobra Sport range, the Venom system is finished with dual twin tailpipes which have been designed to subtly fit within the Astra’s built in stainless steel exhaust outlets. The system is manufactured with 3”/76.2mm pipework which splits to two 2.25”/50.8mm arms. The intricate pipework bends and resonated centre section of the Venom exhaust system maintain the necessary back pressure within the system.

    Matt Thomas, Sales Manager at Cobra Sport offers his verdict on the Astra J VXR upgrade “Our new Venom exhaust is the ultimate upgrade for those looking for a quality of sound which beats any other system currently on the market. Following the success of our Venom exhausts for other vehicles in our range, we knew that the Venom system for the Astra J VXR would be a great match for the 2.0 turbocharged engine creating a sound which drew large crowds when demonstrated at the recent Performance Vauxhall Show”.

    As always Cobra Sport are willing to back up their promises on quality, with a lifetime guarantee for customers who purchase the exhaust upgrade. Usual refinements 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 on our Astra J VXR product page > Astra J VXR Venom Exhaust

  • Performance Vauxhall Show 2016 at Santa Pod

    PVS Show LogoFor our second show of the year we headed to the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire for the Performance Vauxhall Show. The show featured non-stop Vauxhall action throughout the day including runs on the legendary Santa Pod drag strip along with thousands of the UK's best Vauxhall vehicles on display.

    On our stand we were incredibly excited to have on display our brand new Venom exhaust system for the Vauxhall Astra J VXR. Since the preview at the show, this product has now been launched online and is sure to be a big hit with Astra J VXR owners looking for the ultimate sports exhaust system. The new Venom system drew large crowds when the sound demonstrations were taking place, the pitch perfect tone of the Venom system is best heard in person to really appreciate the quality of the Venom exhaust upgrade.

    We were also pleased to have the Vauxhall Corsa E VXR on display fitted with a full non resonated Cobra Sport turbo back exhaust system with a de-cat front pipe. The Corsa E VXR is a vehicle which is growing in popularity over the past few months and also drew many admiring fans through the show. The third car on the stand was an Astra H VXR which continues to be a very popular system with our buyers and dealers. The VXR had a full Cobra Sport turbo back exhaust fitted with first and second de-cat front pipes.

    Our stand was incredibly busy throughout that day and our new clothing range proved to be popular. Cobra Sport hoodies, polo shirts and t-shirts will be available to purchase at all of our car shows this summer along with at BTCC races and also directly from our website.

  • Interior Exhaust Sound Video Competition – Win £250 Cobra Sport Voucher!

    Cobra Sport Interior Video Competition Winner GT86

    We're pleased to announce the winner of the competition - congratulations Craig Hodgson !

    First prize was a £250 Cobra Sport gift voucher and merchandise pack. A big thank you to everybody who entered the interior video competition, we had a number of excellent entries. We're always keen to see videos of exhausts filmed from inside the car as well as the more popular exterior exhaust videos. If you have a clip which you think may be of interest to us please send over the link to sales@cobrasport.com.


     

    Think you can improve on our interior exhaust sound videos?

    Throughout June we are inviting you to upload interior video clips to YouTube of your car fitted with a Cobra Sport exhaust. The interior video clips need to be filmed with a Cobra Sport Air Freshener in place & taken from within your vehicle preferably with the windows closed.

    All video submissions that we use on our website will receive a Cobra Sport t-shirt and merchandise pack. In addition, the top clip submitted will be selected to receive a further £250 Cobra Sport voucher!

    To be in the running for the top prize and for Cobra Sport to use your video, your videos should:

    • Be filmed from the Interior of your car preferably with the windows closed.
    • Your video MUST include a Cobra Sport air freshener hung from the rear view mirror (these are available from our Sheffield HQ, PVS Show or online here > Air Freshener)
    • The YouTube video title should have the words “Cobra Sport Exhaust Interior Video”. (e.g. Ford Focus ST225 Cobra Sport Exhaust Interior Video).
    • Full details of the type of exhaust used in the video to be placed in the YouTube description section.
    • Please, nothing that looks unsafe or illegal - please stick to speed limits.

    Cobra Sport T-Shirt Videos are best shot in a naturally well-lit locations away from built up areas. Please obey the rules of the road and do not show anything which may be deemed dangerous. To view examples of the interior videos we produce for our development cars please check out our YouTube channel.

    Once your video is uploaded, please let us know by sending an email to developments@cobrasport.com with the title "Cobra Sport Interior Video Upload”. Within in the email please include a link to your video, along with your postal address and t-shirt size.

    The closing date for upload entries is Friday 1st July 2016. We shall then assess all entered videos and pick out the winner who will be notified via email.

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