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Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • VAG Tuner EXPO 2016 at Donington Park

    VAG Tuner Expo October 2016 LogoCobra Sport brought the 2016 events season to a close at the VAG Tuner EXPO show held indoors at the Donington Park Engine Room Conference Centre. Only in its second year, the show which is an extension of the VAG Tuner LIVE show held outdoors at Donington showcased performance products from all of the leading Audi / VAG tuners in the UK market.

    On the stand we had the stunning Cobra Sport sponsored AmDTuning Audi S3 BTCC car fresh from the completion on the 2016 championship at Brands Hatch earlier this month. Also on the stand was the Cobra Sport VW Golf R fitted with our resonated Cat Back exhaust system and soon to be released round tailpipe option. The event also allowed us to showcase another of our latest developments with the introduction of valved exhaust systems for the VW Golf R.

    The VAG Tuner EXPO closed our busy show and motorsport season. We've been at some incredible events this year and have spoken to so many people who are as passionate as we are about the Cobra Sport brand. Preparations for a packed 2017 show season are well underway and we are planning to expand our presence at the shows during the summer months along with our regular presence at British Touring Car events.

  • Ollie Jackson wins Audi Driver 'Motorsport Personality of the Year'

    Ollie Jackson Audi Motorsport Personality of the Year 2016Popular British Touring Car Driver Ollie Jackson picked up the prestigious Audi Driver 'Motorsport Personality of the Year' award at the annual Audi Driver International award ceremony.

    We enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Audi Driver awards dinner held in Swindon as guests of the AmD Tuning team in part to celebrate another successful year of our BTCC partnership.

    The awards were voted for by readers of the popular Audi Driver magazine and included a selection of drivers from many aspects of european motorsport. The awards ceremony followed a busy day for the AmD team at the Castle Combe circuit as part of the Audi Driver International show where Ollie gave guests and journalists passenger rides in the Cobra Sport sponsored Audi S3 BTCC car. The appearance of the Audi S3 in amongst the other high performance Audi and VW vehicles proved to be one of the highlights of the show drawing interest from many of the motorsport fans in attendance.

    AmDTuning.com chief Shaun Hollamby was delighted to see the team rewarded for its performances on track, which also reflected the continued popularity of the BTCC with race fans.

    "It’s fantastic to see Ollie end the year with this award, particularly when it is one that has been chosen by Audi enthusiasts," he said. "When you consider the calibre of some of the drivers he was up against in Audi’s World Endurance Championship and DTM programmes, it’s brilliant that his performances in our S3 have gone down so well.

    "Not only is it hugely rewarding for both Ollie and the whole AmDTuning.com team, it is also a reflection of the power than the BTCC has and it’s ongoing popularity with fans."

    Main image courtesy of Autometrix Publications

  • Available now - Vauxhall Corsa E 1.0 Turbo Sport Exhausts

    Vauxhall Corsa E 1.0 Turbo Cobra Sport ExhaustCobra Sport are pleased to announce the launch of their latest edition to an extensive Vauxhall range with the completed development for the stylish and affordable Vauxhall Corsa E 1.0 Turbo. The Cobra Sport research and development team quickly made the decision to base the new performance exhaust systems on 2.5" (63.5mm) T304 stainless steel mandrel bent pipework. The system has been designed to run directly from the flange of the catalyst section running the full length of the vehicle finishing in a choice of tailpipe options. The new systems for the Corsa E 1.0 Turbo are based around a cat back configuration with the option for either a resonated cat back or louder Venom exhaust system. Sound testing revealed the two systems to have similar decibel reading for the external tests recording 96db and 97db on the static 4,000 rpm test. However, the resonated centre significantly reduced the interior cabin decibel reading recording 4.6db less at 79db than the Venom equivalent when cruising at motorway speeds. The outstanding improvements in sound quality are complemented by a significant weight advantage with the Cobra Sport system with increased bore size weighing only 11.86kg giving a 16% decrease from the OEM weight of 14.12kg. Cobra Sport Sales Manager Matt Thomas commented "We're very excited about the release of the system for the sporty 1 litre turbo edition of the Corsa E having had previously success with the Corsa E VXR and 1.4 Turbo edition. The pick of the systems for me is the resonated cat back exhaust which has been designed to improve the sound with an increase in volume whilst still having a perfectly balanced pitch and tone. The resonated section removes any drone from the vehicle interior at cruising speeds meaning you can have the best of both worlds with a dramatically improved exhaust sound whilst keeping this subtle enough for every day use of the vehicle". Cobra Sport have managed to improve the styling of the already sporty Corsa by finishing the exhaust systems with a choice of bold highly polished stainless steel tailpipe options including 3.5” and 4” inward rolled baffled tips, a 3.5” outward rolled tip and a statement 4.5” x 3.5” oval slash cut tailpipe which we anticipate to be the most popular choice. View our range of exhausts for the Corsa E 1.0 Turbo on our products page > Corsa E 1.0 Turbo

  • AmDTuning look to next season following strong display at BTCC Finale

    Ollie Jackson Racing Driver - BTCC AmDTuningHeading into the British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch confidence was high in the AmDTuning garage with the Cobra Sport sponsored Audi S3 having shown great pace and scoring points at the 2 previous rounds at Rockingham and Silverstone.

    It has been a season of high and lows for the AmDTuning team. We are very proud to have been part of the journey this season and have witnessed up close how far the team have progressed particularly in the last three rounds. The Audi BTCC car will be on our stand at the upcoming VAG Tuner EXPO at Donington on Sunday 23rd October if you want to see the car up close for one final time this year.

    The pace continued during the 2 practice rounds with driver Ollie Jackson setting laps quick enough for 4th and 11th position at the end of the free practice rounds. Moving into qualifying the order changed changed quickly on a drying track. Lap times quickened and pole position swapped hands a number of times towards the end of the session. Ollie was running in 10th on the grid moving into the final minutes of the session but unfortunately got caught behind a rival on a final quick lap meaning a slip down to 16th on the grid.

    The AmDTuning Audi finished the first race of the day in 18th position slipping down 2 places with Ollie struggling to get the necessary heat into the Dunlop tyres. A change in set up before race two improved this considerably allowing Ollie to battle up through the field towards a top ten position. During this progress, contact from the Toyota of Jake Hill affected the handling of the S3 leading to a slight drop in pace with Ollie slipping down to a points finish of 15th place by the end of the second race.

    Ollie Jackson - AmDTuning / Cobra Sport Audi S3 BTCC CarRunning the soft tyres in race three allowed the Audi to quickly make up places off the line. A finish in the top ten was firmly on the cards until a tag from behind by the Volkswagen of Aron Smith (for which Smith received a verbal warning after the race) put the S3 off the track and into the barriers. Extensive damage to the Audi meant another forced retirement and the chance of a best finished of the season scuppered.

    The weekend once again provided the competitiveness of the car with the Cobra Sport sponsored Audi S3 running in with the front runners and title contenders. The progress made with the car towards the end of the season has seen the team end on a high with driver Ollie Jackson firmly looking forward to next year in the BTCC.

    “It’s a case of what might have been in the final race, but it’s good that we have ended the year showing strong pace in the Audi again,” he said. “We struggled to get the tyres switched on in the first race but made some changes for race two that really improved things and it was good to get into the points, although we could have had more without the contact.

    Ollie Jackson - AmDTuning / Cobra Sport Audi S3 BTCC Car“In race three on the soft tyre, the car felt absolutely mega and I really think we were robbed of our best result of the year. Overall though, recent events have allowed us to show the potential of our package and I think it bodes well for the future.

    “I would love to stay with the team next season, and hopefully we can sit down and do a deal early so that we can get the RML components onto the car and then embark on a proper testing programme for 2017. We’ve shown that we can match the pace of the front pack, and we need to make sure we are ready to hit the ground running next year.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby was also pleased with the performance on track even with the misfortune of race three, and shared in Ollie’s desire to extend the partnership into 2017 as part of an expanded BTCC programme.

    Ollie Jackson - AmDTuning / Cobra Sport Audi S3 BTCC Car“The pace in the car has been really strong again this weekend and it’s a shame that we didn’t get the result in race three, but it happens,” he said. “Despite that, I feel we have ended the year on a high with the pace we have shown throughout race day and it has maintained the performance that we have seen in the Audi in the second half of the year.

    “After a tough start to the campaign, Ollie has driven really well this season and hopefully we can sit down and do a deal to continue our relationship into 2017. We’re also exploring the possibility of expanding to run a second Audi as we have the shell ready to build up, and have already spoken to some interested parties about what might be possible if we can secure the necessary licence.”

    Photographs courtesy of Marc Waller Photography

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