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  • Triple Points Score in the BTCC at Rockingham

    The AmDTuning AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC Rockingham with Cobra Exhausts team once again showed solid pace with a hat-trick of points scoring finishes as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Rockingham for round eight. 

    The team headed for Northamptonshire eager to challenge towards the top ten at a circuit where it had impressed twelve months ago, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales confident of pushing for top 15 finishes.

    Tamworth-based Ollie enjoyed a fine qualifying session to put his Audi S3 on the seventh row of the grid, setting a best time less than a half a second away from pole position.

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC RockinghamRunning inside the points throughout, Ollie would take the chequered flag in 14th spot despite struggling with tyre degradation in the closing stages of the race.

    It would be a similar story in race two, although the 33-year-old was able to fight his way forwards to twelfth spot; spending the entire race dicing for position just outside the top ten.

    Running on the harder compound Dunlop tyre in race three, Ollie would enjoy his best result of the weekend with eleventh spot and he now sits eighth in the Independents’ Trophy with two rounds of the season still to run.

    “It’s been a good, solid day and to be honest, I don’t think we could have got much more from it,” he said. “We’ve been able to learn a lot this weekend that I think will benefit us when we go to Silverstone for the next round, and have brought home three points finishes – whilst also making up a place in the Independents’ standings.

    “We suffered a bit throughout the races with tyre degradation which held us back as they went on, but in the early stages of every race, the car felt mega; it’s just difficult to overtake round here.

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC Rockingham“I don’t think that the tyres will be an issue going forwards as Rockingham is a very abrasive circuit and we weren’t the only people to have that problem, so more points are certainly the aim when we get to Silverstone.”

    For team-mate Ant, the weekend would prove to be one where his impressive pace went unrewarded, with unfortunate incidents in races two and three preventing him from scoring points. 

    The Lichfield driver showed his speed in free practice where he put his car inside the top ten, and he then qualified 19th on the grid for race one – less than a tenth of a second behind Ollie.

    Having taken 18th place in race one on the hard tyre, Ant was working his way up towards the points at the start of race two before being forced off track – collecting a trackside hoarding in the process.

    Pitting behind the Safety Car to have the debris removed, Ant rejoined at the back of the field in 30th position but then showed his pace by consistently lapping as quickly as the leaders as he battled his way back to 18th again by the finish.

    Ollie Jackson Rockingham - BTCC Grid 2017 AWE Rockingham - BTCC Grid 2017It meant Ant was well placed to push for points in the final race of the weekend, but he was unfortunately forced to retire having been caught up in contact between two of his rivals on the opening lap, with the damage sustained to the Audi being enough to put him out of action.

     “It’s another weekend where the end results don’t reflect the performance in the car,” he said. “We showed how quick we could be in practice but qualifying we so tight that we ended up in 19th place despite only being half a second off the quickest time.

     “Race one was solid enough on the hard tyre and we definitely had a points scoring car in race two before I got forced off onto the grass and I had no choice but to pit or the car would have overheated. When I rejoined I just got my head down and pushed hard to catch the cars ahead and could pick my way through to get close to the points.

    “I’m confident we would have been able to convert that into points in race three, but coming out of Tarzan, the two cars next to me touched and it turned one of them into the side of me which damaged the front end and that was it; game over. It’s a shame for me and also for the team and I hope my luck will change at Silverstone.”

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC Rockingham

  • Top 10 Showing and Pole Position at Knockhill in the BTCC

    The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team secured another top ten finish from the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill. The team made the long trip to Scotland eager to maintain the solid form displayed this season by the ever-improving Audi S3, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales confident of adding more points to their respective totals.

    BTCC Knockhill 2017Lichfield racer Ant – making his first appearance at Knockhill since 2015 – secured his best qualifying result to date to start the opening race of the weekend from 13th spot.

    Battling against a number of cars running the softer compound tyre, Ant would end the opening race in 17th place and then fought his way forwards to eleventh in race two – which had to be restarted after an early accident - with a solid drive on track for his fourth points finish of the year. A post-race penalty for Josh Price then promoted Ant into the top ten for the first time and left him on pole for race three thanks to the reverse grid draw.

    Running the soft tyre, Ant maintained the lead through the first lap but then dipped a wheel into the gravel at the Chicane on lap two when his Audi got out of shape – losing momentum and resulting in him taking a hit in the rear from the following car.

    BTCC Knockhill 2017With bodywork rubbing on the left rear tyre, Ant was forced to return to the pits for repairs before rejoining two laps down; going on to produce a series of laps quicker than anyone else on track as he eventually finished 27th.

    “After the first lap when [Tom] Ingram made a move and backed out of it, I thought that we had the pace to run at the front and I’d pulled a small advantage heading towards the Chicane.

     “As I went to turn in, the right rear just snapped out a little bit and I went into the corner sideways but I managed to catch it and just dipped a wheel into the gravel. Unfortunately, I lost momentum as a result and got a hit from behind which meant I had to pit or we’d have lost the tyre.

    “The pace we showed after rejoining was absolutely mega and I can take a lot of confidence from that into the races that are still to come.”

    BTCC Knockhill 2017Team-mate Ollie was left on the back foot after electrical issue in qualifying left him down in 30th place on the grid for the opening race.

    Having taken the finish in 28th spot in race one, Ollie’s hopes of a strong result in race two were hampered by contact in the incident that caused the race to be stopped – which the team worked hard to repair for the restart.

    Further contact when the race got back underway left him with an ill-handling car and resulted in a 19th place finish, with the Tamworth-based driver then forced out of the final race of the weekend after on-track contact and a gearbox issue saw him bring his car back into the pits.

    “We missed a chance to score points this weekend,” he said, “but the problem in qualifying meant we were right in the middle of all the trouble for race day. We went a bit stiff with the set-up in race one and didn’t make the progress we’d hoped for and then in race two, there was yet more contact that there didn’t need to be that left me with a damaged car.

    “At the start, I’d taken to the grass to avoid the incident ahead before someone simply ploughed into the side of my car and the boys did a great job to get the car fit for the race - only for the same driver to then hit me again and knock the handling out.

     Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted that it was a weekend of mixed emotions for his two drivers.

    “For Ollie it’s been tough this weekend as he should have been in the top ten on the grid for race one which could have led to a totally different outcome on race day,” he said. “Sadly he found himself in the wars and wasn’t able to get the results he was capable of. 

    “Ant has done a good job and has led a race for the first time, and I genuinely think he could have been on for a really good result in that final race before the contact that saw him forced to pit.

    “His laps when he rejoined were fantastic and I think he has learned a lot this weekend that he can take into Rockingham, where the Audi was strong last season. Ollie and Ant continue to work well together as a pairing and I feel confident that they can do a good job when we go to Rockingham for the next round.”

    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography

  • Mini in the Park 2017 - Santa Pod Raceway

    MITP LogoThe Cobra Sport events team headed down to the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire last weekend for the Mini in the Park show which is one of the UK's largest Mini shows. The event featured a whole range of Mini action on the drag strip along with thousands of the UK's best Minis from all generations on display.

    On the Cobra Sport stand were a number of display exhaust from our Mini performance exhaust range along with a pair of Mk2 Minis, both being the Cooper S (R56) model fitted with different Cobra Sport exhaust configurations to demonstrate the upgrades and differences in sound levels and tone. One R56 had a non resonated cat back exhaust system and the second was running a full exhaust systems including a de-cat and resonated cat back exhaust.

    The Mini show also saw the launch of a new range of tailpipes for the Mini in the form of 3.5" (88.9mm) inverted stainless steel slash cut tailpipe (TP83) giving a more aggressive looks to the rear of the vehicle.

    The Cobra Sport stand proved to be a popular addition to the Mini in the Park show and was busy throughout the day with show attendees taking the time to listen to and view up close the expert manufacturing which goes into the creation of all Cobra Sport exhausts.

    The next show on the events calendar is the TRAX event which is to be held at Silverstone on Sunday 1st October.

  • Banzai Magazine - Tech Talk Q&A (September 2017)

    Banzai Magazine - Front Cover September 2017The September edition of Banzai magazine includes a 3 page technical Q&A with Cobra Sport director Peter Jarvis.

    The article gives an update on recent developments at Cobra Sport since our inclusion in the Banzai 'Best of British' series last year.

    It has been a busy year at Cobra Sport for new product releases for Japanese vehicles having launched a new range of performance exhausts for the Mk4 Mazda MX-5 earlier this year along with a highly popular de-cat manifold for the GT86. New ventures into further motorsport events are also discussed including our vehicle sponsorship in the UK Fueltopia and Formula G championships.

    The magazine is available now from all major retail outlets and a copy can be viewed in the images below.

  • Ford Fair 2017 - Silverstone

    Ford Fair LogoAs one of the biggest shows of the summer, Ford Fair 2017 again proved to be a fantastic day out for Ford owners and enthusiasts. Taking over an extra large plot in the trade area we had a group of high performance Ford vehicles on the stand all fitted with Cobra Sport performance exhaust systems.

    Drawing the crowds and creating a buzz on the stand was our tuning partner AET Motorsport's Voodoo Fiesta ST180. Fitted with a Cobra De-Cat + Cobra Fiesta ST Venom exhaust and matched with an AET re-map, the Voodoo car sounds stunning! Also drawing the crowds were a stunning nitrous blue Mk3 Ford Focus RS promoting the valved Cobra Sport Venom exhaust system which proved incredibly popular with RS owners.

    Completing the line up on the Cobra Sport stand we had a Fiesta ST 180 fitted with our 2.5" non resonated cat back exhaust along with a stealth grey Focus ST 250 with 3" Venom cat back performance exhaust.

    The Cobra Sport merchandise range again proved popular on the day with many owners of Cobra Sport Exhausts visiting the trailer to purchase hoodies, t-shirts and caps. We also had stocks of our newly launched range of vinyl vehicle graphics which include side stripes, large Cobra heads and sun strips which are available in three styles.

  • Available Now - Mk3 Audi TTS Quattro Redefined

    Audi TTS Mk3 Cobra Sport ExhaustIn line with Cobra Sport’s objective to continually expand their range of performance stainless steel exhausts, the most recent vehicle to pass through the development programme is the Mk3 Audi TTS 2.0 TFSi Quattro. The new systems build on the success of the previous Mk2 TTS exhausts and have been developed in a number of configurations to appeal to a wide range of buyer requirements.

    The new Cobra Sport systems for the Mk3 TTS offer the best of both worlds producing a deeper exhaust tone than standard which becomes highly aggressive when under full load whilst maintaining a sophisticated improvement in tonality for everyday use

    The Cobra Sport development team have produced both valved and non valved systems for the Mk3 Audi TTS. The valued systems are designed with the valve housing welded directly into the exhaust system allowing the use of the OE motors through the direct electrical connection. All systems are available with the active exhaust valves removed creating a more intense, constant sound and power upgrade.

    Audi TTS Mk3 Resonated Non-Valved Cat Back ExhaustThe Cobra Sport team were able to reduce the weight of the exhaust by an impressive 39% over the OEM system with the resonated 3” non resonated cat back system weighing in at only 10.95kg compared to the original 17.95kg. The de-cat front pipe benefits from a 20% weight saving over standard weighing just 7.57kg.

    Cobra Sport’s Sales Manager, Matt Thomas, explains “The sound we have managed to achieve from the Mk3 TTS is in line with the marque’s core values creating an unobtrusive and classy drive. The pitch perfect sound changes when under load increasing in volume and becoming more engaging with sound testing of the resonated cat back exhaust revealing a + 4dB increase on the 4,000 rpm test and + 9dB increase over the standard exhaust at idle. Those who require a more dynamic and aggressive exhaust tone can opt for the non-resonated turbo back system, which, with a de-cat, provides an all-round more involved and sportier upgrade whilst also opening up the opportunities for power gains for our tuning partners”.

    Cobra Sport brings two decades of innovative design and unparalleled manufacturing expertise and are willing to back up their promises on quality, with a lifetime guarantee for customers who purchase the exhaust upgrade. Usual refinements that match the aspirations of the most demanding driver 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 information on our product page > Audi TTS Mk3 Quattro Performance Exhausts

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