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Monthly Archives: March 2020

  • Available Now - Audi R8 5.2 V10 (Gen1) 2013-15 Performance Exhausts

    Following on from the success of the original 4.2 V8 Audi R8, in 2009 Audi launched the 5.2 V10 variant. The introduction of this new engine brought the Supercar’s performance credentials more in line with its competitors at the time such as the Ferrari F430 and Porsche 911 Turbo S.

    2013 saw the entire R8 range undergo an extensive facelift which involved some minor cosmetic enhancements and the introduction of the stunning S-Tronic Dual Clutch Gearbox.

    In standard form, the R8's exhaust has a satisfactory tone, generated by its high-revving Lamborghini-derived 5.2 V10. That being said, the factory exhaust is very restrictive, making for a somewhat muted and disappointing final article. Not what you would expect from a car with such a thoroughbred engine.

    Sheffield-based performance exhaust manufacturer, Cobra Sport, have developed a solution for this in the form of their recently launched Cat-Back exhaust system designed specifically for the first generation facelift V10 model. This new exhaust is precision TIG-welded from T304 stainless steel and is fitted with valves that integrate with the vehicle’s factory configurations. The valves open and close depending on the vehicle's drive mode, so it stays subdued at idle but unleashes the full fury of its thunderous V10 soundtrack when the vehicle is in sport mode.

    On the static sound test, Cobra Sport's system is 10db louder than stock at 4,000rpm in sports mode but only 2dB louder with valves shut in standard mode. With zero motorway drone, the new exhaust makes for a significant improvement without ruining the excellent everyday drivability that the R8 is famed for. A noticeable improvement in power distribution higher up the rev range was experienced during testing, thanks to the free-flowing performance exhaust setup. The Cobra Sport setup offers a 13kg (43%) weight saving over standard further enhancing the vehicle dynamics.

    Cobra Sport's system is designed to fit in conjunction with the R8's standard tailpipes, but optional Carbon Fibre tips in O/E style are available should that be to the owner's taste. These tips really finish off the rear end of the supercar, and look particularly superb on vehicle's fitted with Audi's optional Carbon Fibre Side Blade.

    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.

    View full product information on our product page - Audi R8 5.2 V10 Performance Exhausts

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Cobra Sport Statement (updated 17/04/2020)

    We May Have Closed Our Doors, But You Can Still Shop With Us Online

    As a result of COVID-19, we have made our workshop and delivery operations safer for our staff allowing us to continue manufacturing and fulfilling orders.

    We’ve worked hard over the recent weeks to put in place extra safety measures in our manufacturing facility to ensure staff who want to and are able to, can return to work and feel safe.

    Additional social distancing measures have been implemented within our workshop ensuring a minimum 2 metre spacing but in most cases, this is significantly more. Hand Sanitiser and handwashing stations are provided to ensure frequent washing of hands.

    We’re also limiting the number of staff present within the building at any one time to further enhance social distancing between employees.

    We have been working closely with local and regional business support organisations and have taken Government advice to ensure that we are following the latest guidance. By implementing the above strategies, we’re confident our staff can work safely and play a vital part in continuing the manufacturing economy.


    The health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is an absolute priority. Therefore, our premises will continue to be closed to members of the public and accessible only by staff until further notice.


    Our website remains active and will be accepting all trade and retail orders as usual. Orders placed on the website are being fulfilled as quickly as possible and our team will do everything they can to keep customers updated on order progress.


    Our sales and customer service teams are working remotely, customer services will continue as normal. In order to offer the best possible service, email is now our preferred method of contact – sales@cobrasport.com.

    Thank you for your ongoing support, we hope that you all stay safe and well and that we all recover from these most unusual of circumstances.

    With very best wishes,

    The Cobra Sport Team

  • BTCC - Jake Hill and Sam Osborne Impress at Season Launch

    MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square team made an impressive start to life in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship yesterday (17 March) with a front-running performance on track during the Season Launch official pre-season test at Silverstone.

    Having tested at a number of circuits during the winter with its Honda Civic Type Rs, the Silverstone event provided the only opportunity for the team to go head-to-head against its on-track rivals in an official test, with a full day of running available across two sessions.

    The morning session saw drivers Jake Hill and Sam Osborne busy on track as they worked to gain valuable knowledge of Silverstone’s International layout, which is due to host the penultimate meeting of the season later in the year.

    Hill would end the morning with the fastest time of the 29-car field, becoming the first driver to set a lap at an average speed in excess of 100mph, and ending up three-tenths of a second clear of the works BMW of Andrew Jordan. Osborne, meanwhile, lapped quickly and consistently in the sister Honda to end the morning’s running sitting in 20th place.

    Times would drop during the afternoon, with Hill once again running right at the sharp end of the grid as he quickly slotted his Honda into second place on the times behind the Toyota of Tom Ingram.

    The 26-year-old looked well set to complete a sweep of both sessions late in the day but a combination of traffic and a late red flag meant he had to settle for second on the combined times; his best lap being just 0.051s away from the fastest seen on track.

    Osborne’s continued improvement was reflected by the fact that his fastest lap in the afternoon would be six-tenths of a second quicker than he had managed during the morning and meant he ended the day little over a second off the pace – and ahead of a number of former race winners.

    The official BTCC website caught up with Hill following the completion of testing yesterday.

    “Today was really good,” said the Kent-born driver. “We had a really strong result this morning; we tried lots of things in the car, running through lots of different scenarios, and we definitely found one that worked.

    “The afternoon was more of the same, we ended up second just behind Tom [Ingram], so the feeling is really good. It was the first time the whole team has been together so it was nice to get everyone doing their job roles and working as a team.

    “I’ve done the circuit in road cars but this is the first time in a touring car around here and it was good. I really like the little circuit it’s nice. It gives something different compared to the national circuit. It’s a mega little circuit, I love it and the car is definitely dialled in.

    “Straight away I settled in and felt very comfortable in the Honda, it’s definitely as good as people say it is and it’s nice to be getting behind the wheel of one for once rather than watching them disappear into the distance. It’s definitely made me feel very confident about the year, hopefully we can get this championship underway and we can get fighting for wins.”

  • Strong BTCC Media Day test for Motorbase Performance

    All three Motorbase Performance British Touring Car Championship drivers were riding high after the first official test session of the season at Silverstone this week, with Rory Butcher setting a lap time good enough to put him in the top four.

    The team has introduced the fourth-generation Ford Focus for 2020 and has spent long man-hours in the workshop getting the new weapon ready for the track.

    Cobra Sport have been working closely with Motorbase over the winter to provide the complete performance exhaust setup for the new 2020 Mk4 Ford Focus ST British Touring Car. The new complete stainless steel exhaust system (including manifold) has been manufactured in Sheffield with performance top of the agenda and is designed to give the new car a competitive edge in the 2020 BTCC season.

    After some initial running at Brands Hatch last week, Butcher and his team-mates Ollie Jackson and Andy Neate took to the track in the BTCC’s official curtain-raiser on Tuesday. Butcher said that his 1m06.612s lap, which was set during second part of the four-hour test, had him licking his lips in preparation for the 2020 campaign.

    The BTCC organisers have taken steps to postpone the opening three meetings of the season as a result of the coronavirus and the first scheduled round will now be at Thruxton in Hampshire in the middle of May. The season had been due to begin at Donington Park on March 28-29.

    Butcher, the reigning BTCC Independents Trophy holder, said: “It is very hard to know what the other teams and drivers where up to: I suspect many of them were using the softer tyres and running without ballast to grab the headlines, but I know our pace was genuine, which fills me with optimism.

    “We have already got a fairly good base set-up and we are now at the point where we can chip away at refining it. We haven’t hit the bullseye yet and we are already fast, so I am pleased about that. All the changes we made were positive.

    “With the delay to the start of the season, it will give us more time to get out there and refine what we have underneath us, but we are started from a very strong point.”

    Team-mate Jackson was another who was revelling in the handling of the hatchback. He completed more than 110 laps over the four-hour test and ended the running in 13th position with a lap of 1m07.066s. He said that his programme was centred more on learning about the new car.

    “We are starting from a completely different place than with the older-spec Focus,” he said. “And we are already in a very good position. We were making changes to the set-up across the day, and I was finding chunks of lap time with each one. We were gaining tenths of a second, which is really encouraging and shows that there is even more to come yet.

    “What is a real testament to the team is that the Focus has run faultlessly, which has enabled me to concentrate on finding the maximum from it and we are gaining ground whenever we take to the track. I am certainly very optimistic about what is to come.”

    Andy Neate, who is returning to the category for the first time since 2016, racked up mileage in the team’s older-spec Ford Focus as his new version was being prepared and said he was delighted to be back in the cut-and-thrust of the BTCC paddocks. Although his running was hindered by a vibration on the car, he nevertheless recorded 80 laps around the 1.85-mile track.

    Neate said: “While it was frustrating that we were chasing a problem throughout the day, any seat time is useful and it allowed me to blow away a few cobwebs and get back into the swing of things.

    “We made some improvements to the vibration and I was all set for a quick run at the end of the day, but session was cut short and that thwarted us. With the delay to the start of the season, I think my new car will be ready in time for the season now when it does start, and it has already shown huge potential. I am excited about the year ahead.”

    Team boss David Bartrum said that the delayed lead-in to the 2020 British Touring Car Championship would give the Kent-based operation time to make further tweaks to its new car and be ready to hit the ground running when the campaign does eventually get going.

    “It is an odd feeling: I am a very happy team boss because of the way the new car performed and it really justified our decision to build it but there is a sad part in that the global situation is causing real headaches for people,” said Bartrum. “We have a number of suppliers, contractors and freelancers who work with us and we know these are very challenging times ahead for them. They are very much in our thoughts.

    “The delay to the start of the season will give us more time to refine the cars with further testing planned, and that will be vital for us. It is a credit to the boys in the workshop that the new cars have managed to hit the track without any problems and even the shakedowns we planned turned into full test sessions straight away because the cars were faultless.

    “We are already at the point where we are nailing down refinements to the set-up. With more running, we will only get stronger.”

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