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  • Impressive pace at Oulton Park in the British Touring Car Championship

    AmDTuning Cobra Exhausts BTCC Oulton Park 2017The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team showed impressive pace as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed to Oulton Park for the fourth meeting of the year.

     Drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales both showcased the speed of the West Thurrock-based teams Audi S3, although misfortune for both drivers on race day meant the team came away from the weekend with just a single points finish to its name.

    Looking to score for the third time this season, Tamworth-based Ollie qualified little more than a second away from pole position in 22nd place but a fine opening lap in race one saw him move up seven positions into the points.

    Ollie Jackson Ant Whorton-Eales BTCC Oulton Park 2017Ollie would spend the entire race running inside the top 15, moving up a position three laps from home to secure 14th spot and two championship points.

     Hopes of a second points finish in race two were ended early on when Ollie was punted into a spin at Knickerbrook and dropped to the rear of the field. Undeterred however, Ollie would produce a series of storming laps that saw him regularly amongst the quickest drivers on track as he recovered to 26th place at the finish.

    The pace in the Audi was evident again in race three, with Ollie showing the speed to match the top six as he battled his way through to 18th spot.

    Ollie Jackson 48 BTCC Oulton Park 2017“This weekend I think the car has been the best it has ever been,” he said, “and it’s unfortunate that the results don’t reflect that. We’ve made a lot of progress and a gamble we took with the set-up of the car has really paid off.

    “I think we’ve taken a step forwards compared to some of the other Swindon-engined cars but this weekend, there are other cars that have been given a bit more boost that has perhaps masked the steps forward we’ve made.

     “It’s good that we got some more points on the board in the first race and clearly we could have had more in races two and three had it not been for the contact. However, to have been as quick as we were across the three races is extremely encouraging for the remainder of the season.”

    Ant Whorton-Eales BTCC Oulton Park 2017Team-mate Ant qualified inside the top 20 for the second meeting in succession in the sister car, but the Lichfield racer found himself in the wars on the opening lap of race one when contact from Senna Proctor’s Vauxhall saw him spin off at Island.

    Dropping to the back of the field, Ant recovered to 27th at the finish and then suffered more misfortune in race two when a puncture on lap one forced saw him drop off the lead lap having pitted for a replacement tyre.

    Restricted to 28th spot, Ant then pushed hard in race three to make up seven places to 21st; capping a weekend where the results didn’t reflect his pace on track.

    Whorton-Eales number 10 cap BTCC Oulton Park 2017“It’s been a frustrating weekend for me,” he said. “We’ve just had a lot of bad luck, and the incident in race one followed by the puncture in race two has prevented us from showing what we can do again.

    “Race three was all about making up whatever we places we could, but we deserved more than a 21st place finish this weekend. I feel I need a good result for both the team and also for myself in the Jack Sears Trophy, so hopefully our luck will turn soon.”

    Team manager Shaun Hollamby expressed delight at the pace shown by the Audi during the course of race day, even if he shared in his driver’s frustration that the speed on track hadn’t been matched in the results.

    Ollie Jackson BTCC Oulton Park 2017“There’s no doubting that this weekend we showed the pace that we have with the Audi, and in both race two and three, Ollie was right up there in the top six quickest drivers on track,” he said. “Unfortunately, Oulton Park is a circuit where track position is very much key and thanks to the driving of others, both Ollie and Ant found themselves out of position and unable to make the most of the speed we had. 

    “There are certainly positives to take away from the weekend, including a more improved performance in qualifying, and hopefully we can enjoy a more profitable weekend in terms of points next time out at Croft before the summer break.”

  • Cobra Sport Unleash the Potential of the Mercedes-AMG A 45

    Mercedes-AMG A45 Cobra Sport ExhaustThe latest vehicle to pass through the Cobra Sport exhaust development process is the stunning Mercedes-AMG A 45. Concentrating on the restrictive front end, Cobra Sport have created a high flow de-cat downpipe in 3.5” (88.9mm) pipework for optimum gas flow.

    Power testing with the Cobra Sport downpipe fitted revealed a +5bhp increase in power over standard, the downpipe has however been designed for fitment in conjunction with an engine remap. With the software applied, the development car returned a huge increase in power and torque completely changing the power dynamics of the car. Max power increased by a +60bhp to 425bhp. Torque increased by a colossal +137 lb-ft up to a staggering 504 lb-ft at 3160rpm, the power increases create a dramatic change in driver experience after the remap was applied.

    Cobra Sport De-Cat Downpipe Mercedes-AMG A 45Both Cobra Sport’s Technical and R&D teams were involved in the planning and preparation that went into designing the new downpipe. Cobra Sport have been able to reduce the weight of the part by 54% with the downpipe weighing in at just 3.45kg. Manufactured from aircraft grade 304 Stainless Steel, advanced manufacturing techniques and superior TIG welding procedures produce a superlative finish.

    Matt Thomas, Sales Manager at Cobra Sport says “The upgraded sporty tone created by the Cobra Sport downpipe matched with an ultra aggressive gear change sound put the already impressive AMG A 45 on a whole new level. The incredible power increases obtained from the stage 2 re-map speak for themselves, all made possible by the exhaust technology in the Cobra Sport downpipe.”

    Find out more information on our product page > Mercedes-AMG A 45 Cobra Exhaust

  • AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts show pace at Thruxton

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts SSFT at ThruxtonThe AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team maintained its encouraging start to the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Thruxton, despite seeing a run of points scoring finishes brought to an end. The West Thurrock-based team went into the third meeting of the year looking to add to its tally after drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales both brought home top 15 finishes last time out at Donington Park.

    The close nature of the field was reflected in the qualifying times, with Ollie posting a best time just 1.2secs away from pole but that left down in 25th place on the grid for race one.

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhaust Thruxton BTCC Grid 2017A strong and consistent run when the lights went out would see him work his forwards to 18th place by the finish, and he then climbed up to 15th in the early stages of race two before an accident at Church forced officials to bring out the red flags.

    Just six laps of the restarted race would be possible before an another incident saw the red flags fly again, with Ollie finishing just shy of the points in 16th spot.

    It would be a similar story in race three, with Ollie running on the fringes of the points throughout before taking the flag in 17th place; his battled-scarred Audi showing afterwards how frenetic battle had been on track.

    "It’s disappointing that we didn’t manage to score any points this weekend, but it was unbelievably tight on track,” he said. “Thruxton is a bit of a bogey circuit for me, but we were right in amongst it and with a bit more luck, we could easily have come away from the weekend with a decent result to our name and been celebrating more points on the board."

    Team-mate Ant made an impressive start to the weekend when he broke into the top 20 in qualifying; setting the second fastest time of all through the final sector of the lap en-route to 19th place on the grid.

    The Lichfield racer wouldn’t be able to build on that in the opening race however when he was forced wide onto the grass at Noble early on, which resulted in him being forced to pit to allow the team to remove debris from the front of the car.

    Rejoining just ahead of the leaders, Ant showed the pace in the Audi by staying ahead for much of the race but would ultimately end up a lap down in 30th place.

    The shortened second race would see Ant take the chequered flag in 24th place but battling a mystery electrical problem that the team would then work hard to resolve in time for race three.

    Ant Whorton-Eales Ollie Jackson AmDTuning Autographs Thruxton BTCC 2017Unfortunately for the reigning Clio Cup UK champion, time proved to be against the team and he was forced to take a watching brief and sit out the final race of the weekend.

    “It’s been an up and down weekend and obviously it’s disappointing to have picked up the electrical problem that forced us to miss race three,” he said. “We thought we’d managed to find the issue after race two but sadly it wasn’t the case and it prevented us from trying to push forwards towards the top 20.

    “It’s a shame that we couldn’t show what we were capable of in terms of the end results, as the pace in the car was clear to see from qualifying and then in the way I was able to run with the leaders without a problem in race one – particularly when you consider it was my first time here in a BTCC car.

    “These things happen though, and we’ll come out fighting to score more points next time out.”

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhaust Pit Garage - Thruxton BTCC 2017Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted it was unfortunate for the team not to add to its points tally, but insisted there were still positives to take away from the weekend.

    “We hoped to maintain our run of points this weekend but sadly it wasn’t to be,” he said. “Ant’s performance in qualifying was encouraging and put him in a good position for race day, and it was unfortunate that we couldn’t build on that in race one.

    “Had he not been forced off track then we could easily have scored in that race, and it’s a shame that the electrical gremlins then affected his car in race two and prevented him starting race three. I have to thank the team, and also the guys from Swindon Engines, for their efforts ahead of race three, but time was just against us.

    “The fact that Ollie came so close to points in all three races showed we had a strong race car, but it’s the field is so close this season that it isn’t easy to fight through the pack. A few tenths of a second in qualifying would have put him right up with Ant on the grid and I’m sure he’d have been able to then add to his tally.

    “Having seen the pace of the car again in race trim, it’s clear to see what we need to work on our one lap pace so that both drivers can try and qualify higher up the grid when we get to Oulton Park and challenge for more points.”

    BTCC Thruxton 2017 Audi S3 Cobra Exhausts

    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography & Car Scene UK

  • Available Now - Toyota GT86 / Subaru BRZ 4-1 De-Cat Manifold

    Cobra Sport Toyota GT86 Manifold FittedCobra Sport have worked hard to secure a first class reputation amongst GT86 owners and tuners both in the UK and worldwide. Building upon this success, Cobra Sport are pleased to announce the launch of their latest development for the GT86, consisting of a unequal length 4-1 de-cat manifold.

    The de-cat manifold has been designed with optimised lightweight pipe lengths and angles. This precision engineering improves gas flow efficiency by removing the catalyst at the most important part of the system for overall performance improvements. This improvement in flow dramatically reduces the effects of torque dip experienced by many GT86 owners and is optimized for further maximum power increases through engine tuning.

     

    The Cobra Sport manifold removes the restrictive first catalyst. During testing, the GT86 passed the MOT emissions test with the Cobra Sport manifold fitted as long as either the standard cat or Cobra Sport high flow catalyst is in place. The Cobra Sport GT86 manifold produces a deeper more aggressive exhaust tone. The acoustics of the de-cat manifold have been finely tuned to complement the tone of the extended Cobra Sport range for the GT86 offering the ultimate upgrade in terms of possible power increase and pitch perfect exhaust tone.

     

    Find out more on our product pages > Cobra Sport GT86 Exhaust Systems | Cobra Sport Subaru BRZ Exhaust Systems

    The new manifold forms part of the extensive Cobra Sport exhaust range for the Toyota GT86:

     GT86 / BRZ Exhaust Components;  Bore Size
     4-1 De-Cat Manifold Header  1.65”/42mm – 2.25”/57mm
     Overpipe  2.5”/63.5mm
     De-Cat Pipe  2.5”/63.5mm
     High Flow Catalyst  2.5”/63.5mm
     Cat Back Exhaust – Resonated  2.5”/63.5mm
     Cat Back Exhaust – Non Resonated  2.5”/63.5mm
  • Japfest 2017 At Silverstone

    Japfest 2016 LogoCobra Sport moved into the 2017 show season with a hugely successful weekend at Japfest, europe’s largest Japanese tuning show. Silverstone is the perfect venue for the show with the space to accommodate the expanse of 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.

    Cobra Sport at Japfest 2017On the bustling Cobra Sport stand were the Honda Civic Type R (FK2) and Mazda MX5 RF (ND) display cars. The Civic Type R brought in the crowds during the hourly sound demonstrations with the non resonated cat back exhaust system providing a pitch perfect soundtrack to the trade area of the show. The Cobra Sport 3” non resonated cat back exhaust system has been a hit with FK2 owners looking for an exhaust upgrade. We also had our 4" Civic Type R De-Cat on display stands which generated many enquiries from FK2 owner looking for further sound improvements and power upgrade possibilities.

    The Japfest show was also the first public display of our the newly developed performance exhaust systems for the Mazda MX5 (ND). The new systems are due to be released in June and will be available in a choice of configurations including a dual and centre exit option to completely change the appearance of the MX5. The dual exit system displayed at the show proved to be triumph with MX5 owners who commented on the transformation of the aesthetics of the car and the way the new system perfectly balanced the existing design features. The Cobra Sport exhaust fitted to the car at the show was the non resonated dual exit exhaust system with second de-cat option.

    Now in its second year, the Cobra Sport clothing range again proved to be popular with enthusiasts, many Cobra Sport hoodies and caps could be seen around the show. All of our merchandise is available to purchase online and at all of our events this summer > Cobra Sport Clothing

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