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Monthly Archives: May 2019

  • Cobra Sport launch Carbon Fibre tailpipe options

    Having perfected the art of creating beautifully finished TIG-welded stainless steel exhaust systems that deliver a thrilling sound and performance improvements, Sheffield-based exhaust experts Cobra Sport have developed a range of brand new carbon fibre tailpipes.

    These high-quality tailpipes are manufactured from finest quality carbon fibre and come with a durable matt finish. As with all Cobra Sport products, these carbon fibre items have been fully tested to ensure exemplary fit and finish. The carbon fibre tips feature a stainless steel inner sleeve as a thermal barrier.

    The Cobra Sport carbon fibre tailpipes are ideal for discerning owners, looking for that sporty finishing touch to the rear of their car. They may be specified as an optional extra when the performance exhaust system is ordered, or purchased separately and retrofitted to an existing Cobra Sport system.

    Please view website product listings for the full application list, further models will be added over the next 12 months.

    Highlights include fitment to the Audi S3 (8V), Audi TT, BMW M2, Ford Fiesta Mk7 EcoBoost, Ford Focus ST225 & ST250, Ford Focus RS Mk3, Mazda MX-5 NC, Nissan 350Z, Subaru WRX 2014>, Vauxhall Corsa VXR, VW Golf GTI Mk6 and VW Golf GTI Mk7.

  • More silverware & joint championship lead in the BTCC at Thruxton

    BTCC Thruxton - Cobra Sport The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team enjoyed another strong weekend on track with a maiden pole position and two podium finishes from the latest rounds of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season at Thruxton.

    The team headed for the fastest circuit on the calendar in confident mood on the back of a solid test at the venue last month, with drivers Rory Butcher and Sam Tordoff both confident of challenging towards the sharp end of the field.

    Having qualified on pole with a record-breaking lap, Leeds racer Sam made the ideal start to race one to lead the way into Allard for the first time and controlled the race from the front through the early stages.

    Maintaining a lead of just over half a second over the chasing pack, Sam’s victory charge was ended by a battery problem that affected the power steering on his car, slowing him through the high-speed Church corner on lap 13 and allowing Andrew Jordan to get ahead on the run up Woodham Hill.

    Fighting around the problem, Sam was able to fend off the newer FK8 Honda of Dan Cammish through the closing laps to secure second spot and his first podium finish of the year.

    From the front row of the grid for race two, Sam lost a place to a quick-starting Colin Turkington but held third in the opening laps before a clash with Cammish at the chicane saw him slip out of the podium places.

    Dropping behind Jason Plato and Mat Neal as the additional ballast on his car took its toll, Sam would take the flag in sixth to add more points to his championship tally.

    Heading into the final race of the weekend, Sam looked well set to fight for another podium finish as he ran fourth in the early stages but a further, unrelated, issue with the power steering instead forced him into the pits to retire.

    Fife racer Rory qualified fifth on the grid despite carrying additional weight on his car, and came through the opening race unscathed to add more solid points to his tally – maintaining his position from start to finish.

    Race two would once again prove to be a relatively quiet affair for Rory, who would post the fastest lap of the race before taking the flag in seventh to maintain his points scoring run.

    With the team having resolved a damper issue on his car, Rory lined up fifth on the grid for race three, and a strong start saw to jump up into third place on the opening lap.

    Battling ahead of Ash Sutton at Goodwood after an early safety car period, Rory would run in second place all the way to the finish and heads away from Thruxton in a share of the overall points lead, whilst also heading both the Independents’ and Jack Sears Trophy standings.

    Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing sit third in the Teams’ Championship and second in the Independents Team Championship.

    Rory Butcher, #6 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:

    "It's been a fantastic weekend after a tough Saturday where we lost a lap that would have given us pole. We didn't quite have the pace to run at the front in race one or two but then found an issue with a damper ahead of race three. With that sorted, the car really came alive and it gave me the confidence I needed in the high-speed stuff.

    "I was able to get ahead of Ash [Sutton] with a solid move out of Goodwood and hoped to push Josh [Cook] but he kept it nice and tidy and didn't put a foot wrong. When Ash got a second wind, I focused on bringing the car home and we have ended up with some cracking points and a share of the points lead.

    "It isn't where I expected to be at this stage although I did think we could compete. I've kept the same mentality I had in the MG of racing hard, keeping it clean and bringing it home. When I have a fast car like we did in race three, we've got to push for those big points and some silverware."

    Sam Tordoff, #600 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:

    “It’s been a bit of a frustrating weekend for me but at least I’ve been able to put some points on the board after the troubles we faced in the opening rounds. To qualify on pole in the way that we did was amazing and I was controlling the opening race before we had the issue with the battery.

    “That robbed us of a certain victory and had the race been a few laps longer, I doubt we’d have finished – so to salvage second was still a good start to race day. With the weight onboard in race two, we picked up more solid points and I was happy with how things were going at that stage.

    “With the pace in the car, I think we could have pushed for another podium in race three and the fact we were unable to finish that one has spoiled the weekend a bit. Whilst I’m pleased to have got two solid finishes, I’m disappointed with how things ended.”

    Shaun Hollamby, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:

    “To come away from Thruxton with pole and two podium finishes is great for us as a team and it’s just a shame that a mechanical issue robbed us of what would have been a first win on the road. Both Rory and Sam have driven well this weekend, and we have once again shown that we are capable of taking the fight to the big boys at the front of the grid.

    “With three rounds done, we’re in a great position in the championship standings but it’s important that we continue to work hard on our weak areas as a team because – despite enjoying another fantastic weekend – we can always improve.

    “We need to keep our collective heads down and remember that it is a long season, and there are plenty more twists and turns still to come.”

  • Cars & Coffee - JP Exhausts Grand Opening

    The grand re-opening of JP Exhausts took place last weekend at our premises in Congleton, Cheshire. We hosted the first of our new biannual cars and coffee events with a great turnout and a really wide range of vehicles on display. These included a FIA Formula 3 Car, British Rallycross Car, ONYX GTX Bentley Concept and a pair of Aston Martins to name a few. With a constant stream of show cars and visitors arriving throughout the morning, the outside areas around out manufacturing facility were quickly filled. A number of car clubs were in attendance adding to the displays from our trade clients and distributors.

    Over £300 was raised over the course of the day for our chosen charity Phoenix Heroes CIC.

    JP Exhausts are now part of the Cobra Sport Group and have been manufacturing stainless steel exhausts and manifolds in Cheshire for over 45 years.

    The next Cobra Sport Group Cars & Coffee event will be held at JP Exhausts in Congleton on Saturday 7th September 2019.

  • Japfest 2019 at Silverstone

    Japfest 2016 LogoCobra Sport opened their busy 2019 show season by attending the ever popular Japfest show at the historic Silverstone race circuit. Japfest is europe's biggest Japanese tuning show and attracts all of the major Japanese car clubs and tuning companies. The show features a display of over 3500 Japanese cars from the many car clubs across the UK and Europe along with competitive drifting and high speed track action.

    Taking pride of place on the stand we had one of our 2019 Cobra Sport AmD Racing Honda Civic Type R (Fk2) British Touring Cars freshly repaired from the previous weekends rounds at Donington Park. The Civic Type R generated huge interest at the show and gave motorsport fans a chance to take a look at the title challenger up close and personal. The British Touring Car Championship is the pinnacle of British Motorsport

    To provide a pitch perfect soundtrack to the trade area of the show we proudly displayed one of only 150 Final Edition Subaru WRX / STI's in the UK which was fitted with a full Cobra Sport turbo back exhaust. The gleaming final edition Subaru offered visitors to the show a chance to hear the glorious Cobra Sport exhaust system in real life.

    Coming up next in the show calendar we have the Cobra Sport Group Cars and Coffee event on Saturday 11th May and then over to Donington Park on 13th/14th July for the Japfest and TRAX events.

  • Available Now - Mini Cooper S F56 (Pre-Facelift) Performance Exhausts

    The Mk3 MINI Cooper S F56 has really hit the spot with enthusiast drivers the world over. A lively chassis, matched to a punchy, turbocharged engine and squat good looks have made it a big seller. But there’s always room for a little improvement.

    Performance exhaust specialist Cobra Sport has developed a new cat-back system for the popular F56 (2014-18) models. Manufactured from high-quality T304 stainless steel and featuring mandrel-bent pipework for optimum gas flow, these expertly TIG-welded systems are the perfect addition to any cherished Cooper S.

    Many months of testing was carried out to ensure the system not only delivered the performance gains required (which can be unleashed with further tuning), but also to create a thrilling soundtrack – sporty and aggressive when you want it to be, with the crackle, pops and bangs amplified.

    The end result is an exhaust that truly complements the playful and sporty character of the Cooper S. With the non resonated cat back exhaust option fitted and the vehicle in sport mode, sound levels on the 4,000 rpm track test increased by 7% to register 86.4dB.

    Whereas competitor systems are mainly 2.75in bore, the Cobra Sport system is available as a 3in (76.2mm) cat-back set up, in either resonated or louder non-resonated format, the system features 3.5in (89.9mm) tailpipes, with ceramic coated black and carbon fibre tips available as an option.

    With over 25 years in the performance exhaust industry, each Cobra Sport exhaust system is designed, manufactured and tested in Sheffield, the heart of the UK steel industry. Cobra Sport utilise TIG-welding techniques to ensure a flawless finish and quality that you can rely on.

    At a glance...

    • TIG-welded from T304 stainless steel
    • 3in (76.2mm) diameter mandrel-bent pipework for optimum gas flow
    • Available with resonated and louder non-resonated centre section
    • Available with range of tailpipes including 3.5in (89.9mm) ceramic coated black (+£90) or carbon fibre tips (+£140)
    • Opens door to ECU remap and further tuning

     

    Fitments: MINI Cooper S (F56) 2014-18 (non-GPF)
    Price: (European Fitment) £745 non-resonated cat back, £845 resonated cat back

     

    View full further information & sound clips on our product page > Mini Cooper S F56 Performance Exhausts

     

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