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  • PERFORMANCE BMW - F87 M2 COBRA SPORT PERFORMANCE EXHAUST SYSTEM (JUNE 2019)

    The June 2019 Edition of Performance BMW features a write up, in its 'Products' section, of Cobra Sport's Valved Cat-Back performance exhaust system for the BMW M2 F87 Coupe. The Bavarian tuning enthusiast's magazine loved the system's ability to enhance the tone of the straight-six engine whilst at the same time eliminating any unwanted drone that can often be generated when swapping to an aftermarket exhaust.

    "Cobra Sport has developed a brand new exhaust system which not only opens the door to significant performance gains (once the ECU has been remapped), but also releases the full vocal force of the M2's slightly muted straight-six. Cobra Sport's engineers spent many hours perfecting the valved M2 system, so that it produces an aggressive soundtrack, with a crackle on the overrun, but without any unwanted drone, the holy grail of any performance exhaust. Manufactured from high-grade T304 stainless steel, the free-flowing 3" (76.2mm), mandrel-bent system is available as a valved cat-back unit, with dual twin-exit tailpipes, or as a full system with either a sports cat or de-cat front pipe. Two highly polished tailpipe designs are available, as well as a new carbon fibre upgrade option, and every Cobra Sport system is TIG-welded to ensure a flawless, high-quality finish. 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."

    Performance BMW is available monthly from many major retail outlets.

    Be sure to take a look at all of the performance exhaust products we offer for the BMW M2 by clicking here - BMW M2 Performance Exhausts by Cobra Sport

  • Lomax Extends Championship Lead in Wales, with Double Honours!

    Craig Lomax and his XtremeRX team headed to the first of two double headers in this campaign at the home of Welsh motorsport, Pembrey.

    The compact circuit is a layout that suits the Cobra Exhaust backed driver with its tight and technical lines. Round 3 that was held on the Saturday was run in the clockwise direction. Because of the Sunny weather dust was a major factor and Lomax’s experience came to the fore. He justifiably earnt himself a front row start for the final after sitting in second place at the intermediate stage after solid performances. Despite a wild move off the line by another driver from further back on the grid he kept his line and brought the car home in second on the track and first in class.

    The XtremeRX team only had body work to prepare for the next day and round 4. This time racing was run in the opposite, and arguably faster direction. Lomax picked up where he left off on the previous day and got straight down to business. The weather, however was on the turn. But despite this the plucky Yorkshireman fought off tough competition to reproduce his front row spot for the final. The sun finally gave way to rain just before the finals started making track conditions very slippery. After a great start and a well-timed joker on the first lap he made space so that he could start to record faster and faster laps taking the flag in third place on track and yet again first in class.

    Lomax now sits in a commanding first place in the 2019 Super 1600 championship with his nearest challenger 35 points adrift.

    The championship now has another short break and then heads back to historic Lydden Hill on 26th August for round 5. Track action gets underway at 09:00

    Craig Lomax, #24:

    ‘We came to Wales with high hopes for the car as we had some new upgrades. The car performed perfectly and it was great for the team to bring her home first in class twice! To have such a commanding lead at this stage of the year is awesome. I can’t wait for the next round at Lydden’.

  • Cobra Sport AmD Racing battles hard for Croft points

    The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team battled back from a tough qualifying session to score more solid points from the latest rounds of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season.

    The team headed for North Yorkshire in confident mood after Rory Butcher and Sam Tordoff both took to the podium at Thruxton in the previous round, with hopes high of more success on track.

    Despite showing well in practice with additional ballast on his car, Rory was left with work to do on race day after a heavy accident in qualifying before he’d been able to set a timed lap.

    Fine work from the team to repair his damaged Honda Civic Type R allowed the Fife racer to start the opening race from 29th place, and he fought hard on track despite being on the less favourable hard tyre to work his way up to 18th place.

    Battling towards the top ten in race two, Rory was well placed to get into a position to potentially benefit from the reverse grid draw before contact from the Subaru of Senna Proctor forced him wide at the hairpin.

    The end result was a 14th place finish, but a storming drive in a wet final race saw Rory fight hard with the rapid BMWs of Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan to eventually cross the line in seventh.

    It leaves the Scot sixth in the championship standings at the end of the weekend and second in the Independents’ Trophy.

    Team-mate Sam was also left with work to do on race day after a number of red flags and traffic prevented him from setting a representative time.

    From 26th on the grid, Sam showed the pace in the Honda to race forwards into the points before contact from Proctor at the hairpin dropped him back down the pack; with a further trip across the grass leading to a pit stop that saw him cross the line 23rd.

    Fighting back to 15th place in race two, Sam would end the weekend with 13th in race three to secure two points finishes, although the Leeds racer was left to wonder what might have been.

    Sam ends the weekend 17th in the overall standings and seventh in the Independents’ Trophy.

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

    “Croft was always going to be a case of damage limitation and that definitely proved to be the case!

    “Qualifying was hampered by multiple red flags and the rain and it didn’t go our way, with the accident for Rory and Sam being delayed in getting out for his final chance to set a lap-time.

    “The real highlight for me from the weekend was the way in which the whole team worked hard in challenging conditions, and also the way that Rory took on the BMWs of Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington in race three.

    “To see both drivers score points rewarded the team for their hard work and we’re looking forward to Oulton Park where we’re confident that the Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Hondas will shine!”

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

    “I have to say a huge thank you to the team for getting the car fixed for race day after what happened in qualifying as it was a big hit.

    “To be honest, I hoped we could have taken more from race day but the tyre selections worked against us and when we got rid of the weight after race one, there wasn’t really anyone on the hard tyre in race two. Getting punted off the road also didn’t help….

    “Had the final race been dry then I think we could have really pushed up the order because most of the grid would have been on the hard tyre, but we still did well on the wets and to make up seven spots and fight with Turkington and Jordan shows how competitive we are.

    “It’s nice to pushing guys like that as a circuit where the BMW is so strong and hopefully at Oulton Park we’ll have a bit more luck.”

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

    “When you don’t qualify well, it can be hard to come back from it and sadly that proved to be the case for us this weekend.

    “Despite that, I think we were on for a decent result in race one before I got forced off, which undid all of the good work that we had done to that point.

    “It meant race two was another recovery drive and then we missed out on the one bit of luck we could have had in race three when everyone else was going to run the hard tyre and it rained.

    “It’s been difficult again for me this weekend and hopefully my luck will turn at Oulton Park.”

  • Victory for Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher at Croft

    Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher enjoyed its most successful weekend of the season so far during rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, securing a commanding race 3 win, double podium and top ten result at Croft (June 15/16).  

    The fourth meeting of the year gave the Motorbase-run squad much cause for celebration. After a season-best qualifying result for Tom Chilton and Ollie Jackson, Chilton went on to claim his third podium of the year, second overall win and third independent win on the North Yorkshire circuit.

    Saturday’s disjointed qualifying session saw no less than five red flags deployed during the 30 minute period. With numerous on-track incidents halting proceedings, Chilton pushed his #3 Focus RS to the limit to secure a second-row start with P3 on his first flying lap in the dying minutes. Just a lap later, stablemate Ollie Jackson took the P8 spot – recording the squad’s highest-placed position of the season, and his personal best-ever qualifying result.

    Sunday’s opening race called for a defensive masterclass from Chilton as he held off a full-race length challenge from the domineering BMW’s. A strong start from the Reigate-racer saw him hold onto third from the fast-starting WSR machines. Shielding his podium position for the entire 18-lap challenge, the 34-year-old remained steadfast under unrelenting pressure to bring the Focus home in P3, claiming his 3rd rostrum visit of the year and 55th BTCC-career podium.

    Jackson’s strong start to the weekend looked set to deliver a top 5 finish for the #48 Focus. An outstanding start saw the Motorbase-man running as high as 6th in the opening laps. Running wide as the pack raced through the complex on lap 5, however, Jackson clipped the curb sending his Ford into the marker, sustaining damage to the front-left wing. A daring effort saw him hold on for another 3 laps as the bodywork rubbed on the tyre before it finally gave way as the field was running under the safety car, pitching him into the barriers and ending his race.

    Carrying 42kg of ballast into race 2, Chilton battled hard to stay in the points-scoring zone as he came under increasing pressure from the lighter, charging pack. Dropping down the order in the opening laps, he eventually took the flag in 9th collecting another much-welcome haul of points for the championship challenge.

    Lining up at the back of the grid, Jackson made steady progress through the field. Seeking to make amends for his earlier error, the 35-year-old showed true grit to push forward an impressive 8 grid spots on the narrow circuit and crossed the line in P20.

    Starting from pole by virtue of the reversed-grid draw, Chilton led a commanding lights-to-flag charge off the line in race 3. Choosing to stick with the Dunlop Blu-Response on the greasy, drying track, he expertly piloted the #3 Focus to the overall and Independent race win and rarely looked challenged for the race lead.

    Jackson’s fight-back from a tricky start to his race day also continued. Making a strong start off the line, the Midlands-based driver had charged into the points by the end of the first tour. Scything his way to 11th by the mid-way point, he looked set to challenge for a top ten finish. Despite lapping faster than Cammish’s 10th-placed Honda, the gap was just out of reach with the remaining laps available, eventually claiming P11 as the flag dropped, securing his highest-placed finish of the season.

    The weekend’s results have helped to move the squad up to third in the Independent Teams standings, with Tom Chilton sitting third in the Indy Drivers’ points. Both driver and team also remain 7th in the overall standings ahead of the next meeting at Oulton Park.

    Team Manager Oly Collins;
    “That was a brilliant end to a pretty tough weekend. A fantastic team effort from all involved, the crew have worked flat-out all day. Tom was mega all weekend and drove a very clever race 3 on the drying circuit.

    “Unfortunately Ollie’s weekend was hampered by a small mistake in race one which had a disastrous result for him. Up to that point, he was on fire and proving his pace with his best qualifying to date and was looking on for a great race one finish. Sadly, it didn’t quite go to plan. Tom’s results keep him in the mix for the championship which is the aim at the end of the day.”

    #3 Tom Chilton;
    “It was a perfect weekend for and the team. We’ve managed not just a double podium, but we got the win as well. And we get to keep this one! We took three top ten’s for my car, and Ollie nearly got a top ten which was great starting from 20th. I’m very happy for him.

    “I’m really pleased with our qualifying results this weekend. I feel like we’ve finally found our ideal set-up for the wet and dry. We had a bad weekend at Thruxton. Because we did it made us re-analyse where we were and it’s moved us forward.

    “We’re in it to win it. Everyone in the team is working hard to put all of our knowledge together and make this old girl go faster this year and we’ve done a great job. I’m really looking forward to going to Oulton Park next. I’ll be looking for more of the same.”

    #48 Ollie Jackson;

    “Salvaged I think is the word I’d use to describe this weekend! Qualifying was a high-point. P8 is my best-ever BTCC result and I think we’ve cracked it with the car now. The pace is definitely there.

    “I think we’ve got our heads around what we need and what our set-up tweaks are. The changes that we’ve made paid off in qualifying, and to be fair it was looking good in race 1 until I made a mistake. That kind of spoilt the weekend really. We certainly had top 5 pace, and it was a real shame that we didn’t get to capitalise on that.

    “Thankfully we made our way through the pack in race 3 and picked up some nice points for the championship.”

  • PERFORMANCE VW - COBRA SPORT CARBON FIBRE TAILPIPES (JULY 2019)

    The July 2019 edition of Performance VW magazine features a showcase of the Carbon Fibre tailpipe options that we now offer for most VAG platform applications.

    "If you've got one of Cobra Sport's lovely systems on your Mk6 GT TDI, GTD, GTI, R, Mk7 GTI or 'Rocco R, you can now get some carbon fibre action going on with some of their new carbon tailpipes. Manufactured from top quality carbon fibre, they feature a stainless steel inner sleeve which acts as a thermal barrier and have a smart matt finish. They can also be ordered with any new system for any of the aforementioned models."

    Performance VW is available monthly from many major retail outlets.

    Be sure to take a look at our full Volkswagen product range and see if Carbon Fibre tailpipes are available for your car - VW Performance Exhaust Systems by Cobra Sport

  • PERFORMANCE BMW- COBRASPORT BMW 435D EXHAUST CONVERSION (JULY 2019)

    The July 2019 edition of Performance BMW featured Cobra Sport's Quad Exit Rear Exhaust for the BMW 435d in its 'New Products' section.

    The BMW 435D performance exhaust is made in 3"/76.2mm pipework and fits from the centre section backwards replacing the standard rear section with dual exit tailpipes. This cosmetic performance exhaust upgrade is focused on improving the styling of the 435D. The exhaust has been designed to offer a subtle improvement in sound but stay at very similar sound levels to the original exhaust.

    "The 435d Coupe and Gran Coupe are both exceptional and exceptionally powerful machines but, for whatever reason. the F3x generation of cars has to make do with just a pair of twin pipes where the E9x 35d family got dual pipes like the 35i models. As a result, the rear end lacks drama but Cobra Sport is here to make that right with its new M4-inspired quad-exit conversion. Manufactured from high-quality T304 stainless steel, this cosmetic centre and rear exhaust upgrade features 3" (76.2mm) mandrel-bent pipework with aggressive slash-cut quad tailpipes or 440i-style 3" dual-exit tailpipes. Designed as a direct replacement for the OEM system, it fits both Coupe and Gran Coupe M Sport models, once the mandatory aftermarket rear valance has been fitted. Like all Cobra Sport exhausts, this system utilises TIG-welding techniques to achieve an excellent fit and finish."

    Performance BMW magazine is available monthly from many major retail outlets.

    Be sure to take a look at some of the other performance exhaust products that we offer for the BMW 435D and other 4-Series models by clicking here - BMW 4-Series Performance Exhausts by Cobra Sport

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