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  • Season's best for AmDTuning with double score at Rockingham

    BTCC Grid - Rockingham 2016Cobra Sport and guests were in the AmDTuning garage on Sunday at Rockingham supporting the AmDTuning team and driver Ollie Jackson in the Cobra Sport sponsored Audi S3. The team enjoyed its best weekend of the year scoring points in both races 2 and 3 on an exciting day of Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship racing at the spectator friendly  Rockingham Motor Speedway.

    The team went into the Rockingham race weekend looking to improve on the previous incident packed rounds at Snetterton and Knockhill. Qualifying took place in a torrential downpour and a quick early lap put Ollie in the top half of the field before the conditions forced the session to be stopped half way to allow the circuit to drain. Clearing conditions after the disruption meant having to settle for 20th on the grid for race one.

    AmDTuning BTCC Rockingham 2016Electing to run the hard compound Dunlop tyre in the opening race, Ollie made up places with a fantastic drive to finish the race in 17th place just outside the points positions. From 17th place on the grid for race 2, a strong start to race two saw Ollie quickly make up four positions on the first lap avoiding collisions with a number of other drivers including Colin Turkington who span on the first banked corner. Staying out of trouble and pushing hard throughout the race including some spectacular overtaking moves, Ollie climbed up to 11th place with two laps remaining chasing the Honda Civic Type R of Gordon Shedden. Pushing for a place in the top 10 and a chance in the reverse grid draw, Ollie made a move around the outside of the defensive Shedden only to be forced wide slipping back by the end of the race but still securing an impressive points finish in 13th place.

    The AmDTuning team were keen to build on the success of the weekend in the final race of the day at Rockingham. Driving the third race in amongst the big names towards the front of the grid provided spectacular entertainment with the Cobra Sport sponsored Audi S3 really standing out amongst the works teams and top independants. Ollie diced for position with famous names chasing down the Subaru of Jason Plato and held off the advancing Andrew Jordan for a number laps. At the end of the race Ollie brought the Audi home for his best result of the season so far in an incredible 11th place and the second points finish of the day.

    AmDTuning Jackons, Plato& Jordan Rockingham 2016“It’s been the best weekend of the year by a long way,” said Ollie. “We made some changes to the car between Knockhill and here and it has transformed things, so it is great to prove what we can do; it certainly puts the previous two weekends firmly behind us.

    “We had a good car in free practice but in qualifying we didn’t quite have the set-up that we needed. We were further back than we could have been on the grid, but it didn’t make too much difference on race day as we fought hard and made up the places on merit. The car was brilliant and the team has done a fantastic job; I’m so glad that we’ve finally been able to pick up some results that we deserve after a difficult spell.

    “We have made a big step forwards this weekend but I don’t think we are finished yet with the car and I don’t think the performance we have seen this weekend is a one-off. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do at Silverstone.”

    Ollie Jackson BTCC - Rockingham BTCC 2016Team boss Shaun Hollamby was understandably delighted with the results from the weekend, which provide a boost in confidence going into the final meetings of the campaign at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

    “We always knew that we had a car that was capable of fighting for points and that could challenge towards the top ten, and this is the weekend that we have been able to show it,” he said. “After Knockhill, we looked at what we could do to make improvements, and have reaped the rewards of that work with a performance that is easily the best we have had this season.

    “Ollie has driven really well this weekend and has shown some of his critics what he can do, and the results he has picked up have been on merit and not because others have simply fallen off or had problems.

    “Whilst we might have a small budget compared to other teams on the grid, the fact we have gone out there and raced wheel to wheel with people like Gordon Shedden, Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato shows what are capable of.

    "Thanks to Rob Tickner, Keith Cheetham and the whole AmD team, plus Ollie's mega job behind the wheel, we are now starting to unlock the Audi's potential. The next two rounds can't come fast enough!"

    Photos courtesy of: Marc Waller Photography

  • Eibach's Audi A6 - Performance Audi Magazine (August 2016)

    Greg Kirby Eibach UK / Rachel Jarvis Cobra Sport Eibach UK brought their latest project car to Cobra Sport HQ looking to take advantage of our years of experience in the exhaust industry.

    As part of Eibach's overall research and testing program for the Audi A6 3.0 TDI, our aim was to develop an exhaust system which would complement the styling of the A6 Quattro along with allowing the engine to breathe more freely and improve the overall tone produced by the 3.0 TDI engine.

    Keen to take advantage of our exhaust manufacturing expertise and superior manufacturing techniques, Eibach brought the car up to Cobra Sport HQ in Sheffield shortly after the new HRE wheels were fitted and before their final round of performance and handling test carried out at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground. Taking inspiration from our extensive VAG exhaust range which features a number of direct fit system for Audi vehicles, the fully custom TIG welded system Cobra Sport exhaust system was designed to fit from the DPF back moving the 'Y' pipe from the middle of the car much further back. This move maximised flow within the single but larger bore T304 stainless steel pipework. The system then split neatly to follow the path of the original exhaust system to form the dual exit. The styling of the exhaust system was completed with a set of Cobra Sport engraved 4" (101.6mm) highly polished stainless steel tailpipes.

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  • Available now - Vauxhall Corsa E 1.4 Turbo Sport Exhausts

    Vauxhall Corsa E 1.4 Turbo Cobra Sport ExhaustBuilding on the success of the recent Cobra Sport exhaust systems for the Vauxhall Corsa E VXR, the Cobra Sport team have created a range of exhaust systems to improve the looks, performance and sound of the sporty Corsa E 1.4 Turbo.

    The new 2.5” (63.5mm) stainless steel performance exhaust systems for the Corsa E 1.4 Turbo create the vibrant pitch perfect sound that Cobra Sport systems have become widely known for. The resonated cat back system has an increased sound level of +21db and for those looking for the most dynamic sound, the Venom cat back system increases levels by +25db recording 79db during the stationary 4,000rpm sound test. Interior sound levels have remained similar to the OEM system with both cat back systems adding +3db to the highest in cabin reading with the road tests recording a maximum figure of 79db under full load.

    The Cobra Sports exhaust systems for the Corsa E 1.4 Turbo are now available in a choice of cat back configurations to suit your chosen looks and sound. The new systems are all manufactured in 2.5” (63.5mm) T304 stainless steel with mandrel bent pipework and are available as a resonated cat back or a louder Venom cat back system. The Venom system removes the rear silencer for improved tone and increased sound levels. The resonated cat back exhaust system gives an impressive 18% weight saving over the OEM system weighing in at only 12.26kg. To complement the styling of the Corsa E 1.4 Turbo, the stainless steel exhausts are finished in a choice of highly polished T304 stainless steel tailpipe styles ranging from 3.5” to 4.5” in diameter.

    Matt Thomas, Sales Manager at Cobra Sport says “Improving the sound over the quiet OEM system was top of the agenda during the development process. By creating a true cat back system for the Corsa we have created a system with a much deeper tone and have subtly increased the sound levels to give the car the sporty sound track it deserves”.

    View more information and listen to the sound clips on our product page > Vauxhall Corsa E 1.4 Turbo Exhausts

  • AmDTuning.com rue qualifying misfortune at Knockhill

    AmDTuning / Cobra Sport BTCC Knockhill

    The Cobra Sport sponsored AmDTuning.com BTCC team were left to rue a mistake in qualifying following a challenging race day as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship made the annual trip up to Knockhill for the seventh round of the year.

    The team travelled to Scotland with hopes of bouncing back from an action packed race weekend at Snetterton, where Ollie became involved in two large scale accidents in races 2 and 3. A mammoth effort from the team back at base meant the Audi S3 was fully rebuilt in time for the race weekend at Knockhill, which began well with the Audi S3 showing good pace in practice.However, Ollie’s hopes of converting the speed into a high grid position were ended by a trip into the gravel at the Arnold Clark Chicane. Unable to get out of the gravel and regain entry to the track, Ollie found himself down in last place on the extended grid starting right on the exit of Taylor’s hairpin.

    With overtaking incredibly difficult around the tight and twisty Knockhill circuit, Ollie worked his way forwards from 31st on the grid to take the flag in 23rd place and was hopeful of building on that in race two before being forced to retire when exhaust gases started to enter the cockpit. Overcome by fumes, Ollie was forced to retire the car on safety grounds, leaving him to again start from the back with the plan to make his way through the field in race 3. With the issue fixed for race three and a series of revisions made to the car, the Audi was at its most competitive and, avoiding some chaos around him, Ollie fought his way forwards into the top 20 but was left to wonder what might have been after missing out on a potential points finish.

    Ollie Jackson AmDTuning - BTCC Knockhill 2016“I have to hold my hands up in qualifying as I made a stupid mistake and have been kicking myself for it ever since,” he said. “I’ve never gone off in qualifying before but I was just pushing too hard on cold tyres, and I felt so bad for the team after the work they had put in in recent weeks. “Ultimately, that played a big part in how race day panned out and having made up places in race one, I was hoping to do the same in race two until I was forced to retire.

    Unfortunately it meant we were too far back to really make the most of the improvements we found for race three, when the car was at its best and we had some good pace. “That’s reflected in the fact that we came from the back to finish inside the top 20 but unfortunately, it’s a weekend where we’ve not been able to secure the end result we deserved.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby was also left disappointed with the end result and said he was hopeful of an upturn in fortune in the remaining rounds of the season. “Unfortunately we were out of luck again this weekend and it’s the second meeting in a row where we have failed to score when we could have done,” he said.

    “Sadly, this is one of those circuits where it is difficult when you find yourself at the back of the grid and while Ollie has shown the pace in the car to come through the grid more than once, we've come away empty handed.

    “Without doubt, we have a package that is better than our points tally suggests, and hopefully we can put that right in the events that are still to come.”

    The Cobra Sport team are looking forward to attending the next round at Rockingham in two weeks time where the AmD Tuning team will look to make the most of the remainder of the BTCC season.

  • Ford Fair 2016 at Silverstone

    Ford Fair LogoCobra Sport continued their busy summer show season by attending the hugely popular Ford Fair show held at the Silverstone race circuit yesterday. The large turnout and blue skies generated a real buzz around the circuit with the live show arena and track providing great entertainment matched with an unrivalled collection of Ford tuners and manufacturers in the exhibitors area.

    We were pleased to welcome one of our dealers MP Motorsportz onto our stand with their brand new Ford Focus RS (MK3). The Focus RS currently has a non resonated cat back exhaust fitted fresh from our RS development program. The Ford Fair show saw the launch of our new systems for the RS and we were excited to give real life demonstrations of the beautiful deep tone created by the new 3" exhaust systems.

    Also on the stand we had the MK3 Focus ST250 fitted with our hugely popular Venom cat back system alongside the MK7 Fiesta ST180 for the first show outing for our recently released ST180 Venom exhaust system. Cobra Sport exhaust technology was prominently displayed on our display stands which featured a variety of Ford systems including our popular ST180 cat back system with the rear box section and new TP76 slash cut tailpipes along with the Venom system for the ST250 and MK2 Focus RS cat back. Within the trailer we had a selection of our popular merchandise range on display including our Cobra Sport hoodies and in demand snapback caps.

  • Available Now - Ford Focus RS MK3 2016> Performance Exhausts

    Ford Focus RS (MK3) Sports ExhaustThe new Focus RS is a car we were keen to get into the workshop as soon as the preliminary details were released last year and are thrilled to have now completed development work so soon after the release date. The Cobra Sport development team have created a full range of exhaust systems to take the RS to the next level through precision design and technology, allowing for increases in power and creating a sound track worthy of the future classic RS. The mandrel bent T304 Stainless Steel pipework has been designed to give the engine maximum room to breathe. The new Cobra Sport systems produce a much deeper exhaust tone than standard which becomes highly aggressive under load to produce a pitch perfect soundtrack along with the trademark gargles, crackles and pops expected from the Focus RS.

    The 2016 Focus RS features an all-wheel drive system with dynamic torque vectoring control matched with the new 2.3-Litre EcoBoost engine producing over 350 PS which also appears in the new Mustang. The EcoBoost engine is fitted with a twin-scroll turbo matched with uprated air intake components. We identified a number of limitations with the standard Focus RS exhaust system and have looking to smooth the pipework to give the engine maximum room to breathe. As standard the exhaust emits a more subtle than expected tone which we have improved upon with all system configurations.

    The Cobra Sport systems deliver a significant weight saving over standard. Testing of the non resonated turbo back system with de-cat resulted in a 13% reduction in weight over the OE system’s 24.3kg. On offer are a full range of configuration options including a cat-back exhaust system along with de-cat & sports cat front sections to form a full turbo back replacement. Taking development for the RS a step further, Cobra Sport have created a Venom exhaust system (with resonated centre) which produces a completely unique sound track. This system matched with the OE standard catalyst recorded the highest sound levels in our tests registering 101.5db (+22.8db) on the 4,000rpm static test.

    The Cobra Sport development team have produced both valved and non valved systems. The valued systems are designed with the valve housing welded directly into the system allowing the use of the OE motors through the direct electrical connection. All systems are available with the active valve removed creating a more intense, constant sound and power upgrade. These systems include a specialised housing plate which will allow the valve motors to remain connected to the vehicle electronics but not form part of the exhaust, therefore allowing the use of all drive modes.

    Matt Thomas, Sales Manager at Cobra Sport says “The many system configuration have a unique blend of sound and tone characteristics. The most dynamic upgrade was the full non resonated turbo back with de-cat which completely altered the sound of the car. At Idle this system only increased the decibel level by +12.5db but once under load the system comes to life, producing a pitch perfect tone at a level of 100db (+21.3db) to match the aggressive RS styling. The dual tailpipes sit neatly with the stylish rear diffuser. We were keen to make the most of the dual exit design and are excited to offer a choice of bold 4.5" (114.5mm) highly polished slash cut stainless steel tailpipes”.

    View our full range of exhausts for the MK3 Ford Focus RS on our product pages > Ford Focus RS Sport Exhausts


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