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  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts endure tough weekend at Knockhill

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team endured a weekend to forget at Knockhill when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Scotland for the eighth meeting of the year. 

    The team made the long trip north hoping to push for points with its two Audi S3s, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt both optimistic about their chances on track. 

    Tamworth-based Ollie bounced back well from an off into the barriers in second practice to qualify 19th on the grid for race one with a best time just half a second away from pole, and he fought his way forwards to 16th in tricky wet conditions in the opening race of the weekend.

    Sadly, race two was over within moments of the start when he was forced wide heading through Butchers and suffered a spin into the gravel at the same place where he had gone off in practice, which left Ollie at the back of the grid for race three.

    From 29th spot, Ollie had worked his way up to the fringes of the top 20 before an issue with the alternator cable saw him forced back into the pits, putting him into retirement for the second time. 

    Team-mate Sam qualified 29th in the sister car and put in a strong performance in race one to finish 22nd – his best lap during the race being a match for the third placed Honda of Dan Cammish.

    In arguably the most tricky conditions of race day, Sam then worked his way up to the fringes of the points in race two before he hit standing water going into turn one and aquaplaned off into the barriers at speed, forcing officials to bring out the red flag and halt the race.

    Great work from the team saw the repaired Audi take to the grid for race three, but Sam was forced back into the pits to retire shortly after the start due to an issue with the lights – something drivers are required to run for safety reasons in such conditions. 

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “It’s been a weekend to forget for us sadly. We’ve shown some promise and the car is certainly a big improvement compared to last season but things didn’t go our way. After my error in practice, the team did a great job to repair the car for qualifying and we were in a good position going into race day. 

    “Sadly little things have cost us dear and slight contact ended up with me going into the wall in race two and then the alternator cable went in race three which was frustrating. If you look at how that race panned out and where people finished, then we could have scored some points which would at least have given us something to take away from the weekend, but c’est la vie.”

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “It’s certainly been an eventual weekend. We had some good pace in the wet and had we been a bit higher in qualifying then I’m sure we could have pushed for some points. To be honest, I think it was still possible in that second race as the car was strong but I just hit some standing water going into turn one and couldn’t do anything to stop it.

    "It was a big hit with the barriers and the team did a great job to get the car out for the final race. It’s a shame that something so stupid as the lights tripping out forced us to retire from race three but the speed in the car was strong and I’ve gained a lot of confidence in the conditions despite what happened.”

    Shaun Hollamby, AmD with Cobra Exhaust team principal said:

    “It’s been a tough weekend that could have been very different had things fallen in our favour on race day. Conditions on track were very tricky and those conditions have ultimately played a major role in both Ollie and Sam coming away from Knockhill having endured their most challenging weekends of the year. 

    “It’s a shame because both drivers have shown good pace at one point or another through the weekend but come away with nothing to show for it and hopefully that’s something that won’t be repeated when we get to Silverstone next time out.”

  • Available Now - Mk8 Ford Fiesta ST 1.5 200PS Performance Exhausts

    The Cobra Sport development team took delivery of the Mk8 Fiesta ST soon after its UK release keen to begin development on an exciting new range of Performance Exhaust upgrades. We teamed up with our distributor Auto Specialists for this development and utilised their new demo Fiesta ST which already had the newAirtec induction kit fitted.

    The Mk8 Fiesta ST is fitted with a brand new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine putting out 197bhp capable of a quick 0-62 time of 6.5 seconds. The new exhaust systems will be initially available in Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) Back configuration and includes the motorised exhaust valve.

    Ford Fiesta ST Mk8 Cobra Sport Performance ExhaustThe bore size of the Cobra Sport exhaust range has been increased to 3” (76.2mm), which is unique in the market providing the greatest upgrade in terms of performance, flow rate and sound levels.

    In order to keep the use of the drive select modes, the Cobra Sport exhaust range has been designed with the inclusion of the active valve to help regulate exhaust tone at low speeds and keep the tone differences between drive modes.

    Matt Thomas, Sales Manager at Cobra Sport says “The new 1.5 Litre EcoBoost engine is unknown in the market so we were keen to immediately improve the sound produced by the 3 cylinder engine. Our development team worked hard to ensure the 3” pipework was a perfect fit as we felt Fiesta owners would be looking to upgrade to a full 3” performance exhaust once the tuning capabilities of the engine are explored further by our extensive dealer network. Templates and preliminary drawings have been produced to enable us to create the full turbo back (with de-cat/sports cat downpipes) and GPF delete exhaust options once the tuning software becomes available in the coming months“.

    The Cobra Sport Mk8 Fiesta ST exhausts are finished with twin 3.5” (88.9nn) highly polished stainless steel or ceramic black slash cut tailpipes engraved with the Cobra Sport logo.

    As with all Cobra exhaust developments, power increases, sound improvements and manufacturing quality are top of the priority list during development. Superior TIG welding techniques during the manufacturing process set the Cobra Sport exhausts apart from the competition. The levels of quality achieved enables us to offer a lifetime guarantee on all exhaust systems which provides the ultimate peace of mind for the customer.

    View full product information and video clips on our product page - Mk8 Ford Fiesta ST Performance Exhausts


    The September 2018 edition of Fast Ford magazine features a write-up of our friend Ian 'Ely' Wright's Ford Focus Mk2 RS which sports a Cobra Sport Venom Cat-Back system paired to a Front Pipe and De-Cat Pipe to create a full Turbo-Back system.

    Ely's RS features a WRC inspired bodykit and Michelin wrap, and with its Cobra Sport Venom Turbo-Back, it backs up its outrageous aesthetics with a thunderous soundtrack.

    "The addition of mods began with a Cobra Sport 'Venom' Exhaust, a tracker (for added security) and 20mm wheel spacers. Things got more serious with a Stage 4 intercooler from Airtec, Anembo inlet plenum, and a Stage 2 map to around 360bhp by G&R Performance."

    We were also featured in the 'New Stuff' section of the tuning magazine where our Mustang GT Cat-Back system was showcased amongst some other modifications for Blue Oval vehicles.

    "Muscle cars aren't for shrinking violets - the whole point of them has been to make big power and make a big noise while doing so. This is true of the new-wave Mustang GT, and Cobra Sport's stainless exhaust systems are now here to help it find its voice. The Venom cat-back features an H-Pipe, link pipes and race tube pipework and the rear silencers removed, resulting in a raucous 108.5db at a static 4,000rpm test - one of the noisiest systems the market, but also carefully-tuned to be pitch-perfect!'

    Fast Ford magazine is available from many major retail outlets.

    Be sure to check out some of our other performance exhaust products for both the Ford Focus Mk2 RS and the Ford Mustang GT using the links below:

    Ford Focus Mk2 RS Performance Exhausts by Cobra Sport

    Ford Mustang GT Performance Exhausts by Cobra Sport

  • BMW National Festival 2018 - National Motor Museum

    The Cobra Sport events team headed to the British Motor Museum for the BMW Car Club National Festival with a range of our latest BMW performance exhaust products and show cars.

    Throughout the day we had a lot of interest in all of the BMW products we had on display, in particular the M140i de-cat downpipe and BMW 335D dual exit 340i style exhaust conversion. Our diesel exhaust conversions are proving a big hit this year and we took a number of enquiries for our expanding range which now includes the 320D, 330D, 335D, 420D & 435D models.

    On the stand we had a unique BMW Z4M which turned a lot of heads with the rare paintwork finish (one of only two in the world). The Z4M was fitted with a fully custom built performance exhaust systems which thrilled the crowd during the exhaust sound demonstrations and generated a substantial amount of enquiries about our thriving custom build service.

    Cobra Sport’s Sales Executive, Nathaniel Shaw, explains “Even though it was raining the ambiance was great, everyone at the show was enjoying themselves with a great mix of classic and modern BMW vehicles. The show was well set up with designated areas for certain types of BMW’s from older M3 E30’s to the brand new unreleased BMW 8 series range which includes the M8! Our stand was placed amongst a group of leading BMW tuning specialists and was overall an amazing event”.

  • Available Now - Mk8 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost ST Line Performance Exhausts

    Mk8-Ford-Fiesta-EcoBoost-CobraExhaustsThe all new Mk8 Ford Fiesta ST-Line 1.0 EcoBoost 100PS shares many similarities with the Mk7 Fiesta but has a more refined feel with a luxurious interior and a brilliant new chassis which perfectly compliments the strong EcoBoost engine. Fitted with the efficient but sporty 1.0 turbo engine, the Mk8 ST-Line Fiesta is sure to be a big hit with a range of buyers looking for low cost motoring with a sporty edge covering all driving situations with ease.

    Following on from the success of the top selling Cobra Sport Exhaust range for the Mk7 Fiesta EcoBoost, the Cobra Sport team were keen to take delivery of the Mk8 ST-Line to add the same sound and power upgrade to the punchy 1 litre EcoBoost engine. The Cobra Sport team have worked their magic on the new Fiesta creating a highly improved refined sound track whilst also opening incredible tuning possibilities.

    Mk8 Fiesta EcoBoost ST-Line ExhaustCobra Sport have catered for all sound tastes and tuning requirements for the Mk8 by creating a range of exhaust systems to fit from the Catalytic Converter backwards along with the option to upgrade the turbo downpipe to either a de-cat or high flow sports catalyst downpipe. The cat backs are available with a resonated or non resonated section allowing those looking for some extra drama to opt for louder non resonated exhaust and those seeking a more subtle enhancement to go with the resonated option. The stand OE exhaust system recorded 74.9dB on the static 4,000rpm track test, the resonated Cobra Sport exhaust option increased sound levels by +8% to record 81.5dB. The non resonated cat back option goes a stage further producing a much sportier dynamic sound track when under full acceleration.

    Matt Thomas, Sales Manager at Cobra Sport says “We’ve been really impressed with the new Fiesta releases and the 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine has a great mix of performance and efficiency. The 2.5” pipework utilised by the Cobra Exhausts completely changes the dynamic of the car offering an impressive improvement in sound particularly when put under load giving the car a really sporty edge. Our tuning partners had great success with the Mk7 EcoBoost Fiesta releasing packages easily upgrading the power to 175bhp with the help of the Cobra Sport exhausts and we expect similarly impressive results with the Mk8“.

    The Cobra Sport Mk8 Fiesta ST-Line exhausts are finished with choice of single tip 4” (101.6mm) highly polished stainless steel or ceramic black slash cut tailpipes engraved with the Cobra Sport logo.

    Full exhaust information over on our product pages > Mk8 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost ST-Line Exhausts

  • Double points score in the BTCC at Rockingham

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team was able to secure a brace of points scoring finishes from the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Rockingham.

     The team headed for the Northamptonshire circuit in confident mood having enjoyed strong results at the oval circuit in the past, with both Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt optimistic about their chances.

     A solid performance in qualifying saw Tamworth-based Ollie put his Audi S3 19th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend, with a best lap just six-tenths of a second away from pole position.

    Just missing out on the points scoring positions in race one, Ollie showed the race pace of the Audi in race two with a fine drive in drying conditions after an earlier shower to cross the line in eleventh spot, just missing out on pole position through the reverse grid draw. 

    Once again showing the speed in the Audi in race three, Ollie fought his way as high as sixth despite running on the less favourable hard tyre and battled hard to keep the works Honda of Dan Cammish at bay before taking the flag in ninth spot for a second points finish of the weekend.

    Northampton based team-mate Sam showed strong pace throughout practice and qualifying to end up with a personal best of 16th on the grid but his hopes of opening his points scoring account were ended on lap one of the opening race when he was hit going through the Deene Hairpin and forced to retire. 

    At the back of the grid for race two as a result, Sam fought his way forwards to 23rd place but there would be further disappointment in race three when he was involved in contact that forced him into the pits to retire.

    Ollie Jackson, #43 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “We could have enjoyed a better Saturday but I think the race pace was strong this weekend and it’s good to come away from Rockingham with two points finishes and a top ten. If anything, it’s a little disappointing that we didn’t manage to score in all three races.

    “In the final race on the hard tyre we were particularly strong but I didn’t quite have the legs to get ahead of Adam Morgan and then had to make sure I kept Dan’s Honda behind. It shows the progress we have made however to be battling for position with cars that have won races, and that are run by the works teams.

    “If this is the final time we come to Rockingham with the BTCC, I’m glad we’ve closed this chapter with a strong performance on track.”

    Sam Smelt, #21 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “I finally managed to sort Saturday out this weekend with strong pace in practice and qualifying, which is the big positive for me to take away from Rockingham. I was quick throughout the day and even though I picked up my best result in qualifying, I felt there was more to come and was still a little bit disappointed not to be higher up the grid.

    “Unfortunately Sunday turned out to be a day to forget and the contact on the opening lap of race one really put me on the back foot. I did what I could to try and make up places in race two but then more contact in the final race forced me to retire again which was a sad way to end race day.

    “I’m going to put race day behind me and take the positives forwards to Knockhill where hopefully we can fight for some points.”

    Shaun Hollamby, AmD with Cobra Exhausts team principal, said:

    “I think it’s a mark of the progress we have made with the Audi that Ollie is coming away from the weekend disappointed that he didn’t get three points finishes as twelve months ago, we’d have been delighted with a top ten. The grid is so competitive this season and he really held his own on track against some of the top drivers with some really strong performances, and he battled hard to earn his results. 

    “This has been a strong weekend for Sam in terms of his pace and his performance on Saturday was very impressive. To get into the top ten in practice and then take his best result in qualifying showed his progress but he was let down by his start in race one which left him right in the middle of the trouble that kicked off. It’s a shame because I feel he could have scored this weekend but we are into the circuits he knows and I don’t think a points finish will be far away.”

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