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  • Dual Car Lineup for the 2017 BTCC Season

    AutoSport - Racing Cat Show 2017The AmDTuning / Cobra Sport team will expand to run two cars in the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season having been granted an additional TOCA BTCC Licence (TBL). The team moves into the 2017 season with a pair of Audi S3's, upgraded to run the latest RML control parts to improve performance and meet stringent championship regulations.

    With Ollie Jackson having been previously confirmed for a second year in the S3, the team are pleased to announce the signing of reigning Renault UK Clio Cup champion Ant Whorton-Eales to complete the line up and become the latest winner of the popular Clio Cup to make the move onto the highly competitive BTCC grid.

    Ant Whorton-Eales BTCC AmDTuningThe 2017 driver lineup was announced on the opening day of the 2017 Autosport International Racing Car Show held at the NEC Birmingham where the team featured prominently on the Official Dunlop BTCC stand. Representatives from Cobra Sport were in attendance along with the 2 drivers and team members from AmDTuning.

    Ant is a member of the BRDC’s Rising Star programme and since being crowned Clio Champion has displayed his talents earning tests with a number of BTCC teams last autumn. Ant will sample the Audi S3 for the first time when pre-season testing gets underway next month. Ant will compete for the Jack Sears Trophy as it will be his first year in the championship and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the previous Clio Cup champion Ash Sutton, who secured the trophy last year in his debut season.

    “It’s no secret that I wanted to move into the BTCC this season and we’ve spent a lot of time looking at the various options that were available,” Ant said. “Once we spoke to Shaun about his plans with the second Audi, the deal was a very easy one to do and it was all wrapped up within a day.

    AmDTuning Audi S3 at Autosport International 2017“I’m delighted to be able to confirm my place on the touring car grid, and I think that I’ve made a good choice in AmDTuning.com for my first season. The team has plenty of experience and there is a lot of potential in the Audi that I aim to benefit from.

    “As a rookie driver, the main target has to be the Jack Sears Trophy and it would be nice if we could be pushing towards the top ten in the championship by the end of the year.

    AmD Tuning team boss Shaun Hollamby revealed his delight at bringing the reigning Clio champion onboard, and said he felt confident that his driver line-up would impress during the year ahead.

    “From the moment we confirmed that we would have a second car on the grid, we’ve spoken to a number of drivers who were keen to join us for 2017, and we’re delighted to have been able to do a deal with Ant to fill the seat,” he said. “Even before winning the Clio title last year, he had shown his potential on track and we’re confident that he will be a strong addition to the grid this year.

    “Alongside Ollie Jackson, he gives us a strong partnership for our first full season as a two-car BTCC team and we go into 2017 with our focus firmly on fighting for regular points and on pushing towards the top ten."

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  • Available Now - BMW M235i Performance Exhausts

    BMW M235i F22 Cobra Sport Exhaust SystemBuilding on the success of previously released systems for the M135i, Cobra Sport are pleased to announce the launch of their exhaust systems for the BMW M235i (F22). Designed and manufactured to uncompromising standard, Cobra Sport have matched performance improvements with re-defined sound to offer an exciting package for M235i owners.

    The M235i features a 321bhp turbocharged straight-six engine generating a stunning 332lb-ft of torque. During the development phase we were keen to improve the overall exhaust tone creating a pitch perfect soundtrack. The Cobra Sport research and development team quickly made the decision to create the new performance exhaust systems for the BMW M235i with 3" (76.2mm) T304 stainless steel pipework. Through straightening and careful alignment of the pipework, Cobra Sport have created a system in true 3” diameter pipework with mandrel bends and no indentations as are found in the OE system. Independent power testing of the non resonated cat back system revealed impressive gains of +10bhp along with +16 lb-ft gain in torque. The outstanding power results are complemented by a significant weight advantage with the Cobra Sport system weighing only 16.32kg giving a 20% decrease from the OE system weight of 20.38kg.

    Cobra Sport Sales Manager Matt Thomas commented "We're very excited about the release of the system for the M235i having experienced high demand and very positive feedback for our M135i cat back systems and de-cat front pipes. The 3.0 litre engine has a fantastic reputation and the natural power gains found with the cat back system are testament to the hard work and expertise of our research and development team".

    The systems for the M235i are have been developed in cat back configuration with the option for either a resonated or louder non resonated centre section. These cat back systems can be matched with a choice of replacement front pipes in the form of either a sports cat or a large bore de-cat pipe to create the most dynamic sound track and performance increases. Matched with the de-cat option, the non resonated cat back system recorded a +20dB increase over standard at 96.2dB during the 4,000rpm static test. In car sound levels are kept to an increase of +8dB recording a maximum of 80dB under full load, matched with clever design and extensive testing the Cobra Sport team have managed to eliminate any chance of resonation within the cabin.

    Cobra Sport have improved the styling over the standard exhaust by finishing off the rear of the M235i with a more aggressive and balanced look. The systems feature dual 3.5" (88.9mm) inward rolled baffled highly polished stainless steel tailpipes, specifically designed for the M235i.

    View our full range of exhausts for the M235i on the product page here > BMW M235i Exhausts

     

  • AmDTuning.com re-signs Ollie Jackson for 2017 BTCC programme

    AmDTuning / Cobra Sport BTCC KnockhillThe AmDTuning.com team today confirmed thatit had re-signed driver Ollie Jackson to compete in the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

    Ollie rejoined the Cobra Sport sponsored West Thurrock based team this year - having earlier raced for the team back in 2012. Ollie enjoyed a solid campaign at the wheel of the Audi S3 Saloon this season and finished this season in great form picking up points finishes and running on the back of the top 10 in the final rounds of the championship along with picking up the prestigious Audi Driver International 'Motorsport Personality of the Year' awards.

    The new deal with Ollie marks the first time in its history that AmDTuning.com has entered into a second successive season with a driver, providing vital continuity ahead of a busy off-season that will see the Audi S3 undergo extensive work back at base. Having been one of a handful of cars to run older-specification control parts this year, the Audi will be fully updated to run new RML spec parts, with delivery of those parts expected in the coming weeks. The team will then embark on a pre-season testing programme to ensure it is ready to hit the ground running when the new season begins at Brands Hatch in early April.

    Ollie Jackson BTCC - Rockingham BTCC 2016“I really enjoyed this season with the team so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to get the deal done early to allow us to start working on 2017,” Ollie said. "I’m really excited about what next year could hold for us, and I have no doubt that this deal gives me the best chance I’ve ever had in the BTCC.

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby was also pleased to be able to confirm the new agreement with Ollie for 2017, with the team hopeful of one of its strongest seasons since joining the series back in 2010.

    “The continuity of sticking with Ollie is something we felt was key after a strong second half of the year, and it’s great to have the deal done,” he said. "Given the way this season ended at Brands Hatch, we are keen to make sure we hit the ground running when the 2017 campaign comes around and try to build on what we achieved together this year.

    "Making the move to the RML kit is something we knew we had to do for next season and those upgrades will soon be carried out before we start testing and the real work begins. Of course it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors, and we’re thankful that that ongoing support has allowed us to commit the resources required to upgrade the Audi and give us the best chance of success on track.

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  • SEMA Show 2016 - Las Vegas, USA

    SEMA Las Vegas ShowAs part of our ongoing expansion into new markets, we've just got back from our first ever trip to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, USA. It was great to meet up with so many of our existing and potential worldwide distributors over the course of the 3 days at the show and connect with so many inspirational figures and companies in the automotive industry.

    The world famous SEMA show is held yearly at the Las Vegas Convention Centre and opens only to those in the automotive industry and not the general public. The show has incredible participation each year with an attendance figure of over 60,000 suppliers and buyers flying in from all over the world.

    The vast array of vehicles and automotive parts on display covers all areas of the motor industry with display cars and components ranging from world famous race cars to demo cars showcasing the latest aftermarket performance developments.

    Our team spent their time at the show exploring the vast halls meeting new and existing contacts from many areas of the industry. Demand for Cobra Sport Exhausts in the USA has grown in recent years and we are pleased to now be in advanced talks with a number of major distributors.

  • VAG Tuner EXPO 2016 at Donington Park

    VAG Tuner Expo October 2016 LogoCobra Sport brought the 2016 events season to a close at the VAG Tuner EXPO show held indoors at the Donington Park Engine Room Conference Centre. Only in its second year, the show which is an extension of the VAG Tuner LIVE show held outdoors at Donington showcased performance products from all of the leading Audi / VAG tuners in the UK market.

    On the stand we had the stunning Cobra Sport sponsored AmDTuning Audi S3 BTCC car fresh from the completion on the 2016 championship at Brands Hatch earlier this month. Also on the stand was the Cobra Sport VW Golf R fitted with our resonated Cat Back exhaust system and soon to be released round tailpipe option. The event also allowed us to showcase another of our latest developments with the introduction of valved exhaust systems for the VW Golf R.

    The VAG Tuner EXPO closed our busy show and motorsport season. We've been at some incredible events this year and have spoken to so many people who are as passionate as we are about the Cobra Sport brand. Preparations for a packed 2017 show season are well underway and we are planning to expand our presence at the shows during the summer months along with our regular presence at British Touring Car events.

  • Ollie Jackson wins Audi Driver 'Motorsport Personality of the Year'

    Ollie Jackson Audi Motorsport Personality of the Year 2016Popular British Touring Car Driver Ollie Jackson picked up the prestigious Audi Driver 'Motorsport Personality of the Year' award at the annual Audi Driver International award ceremony.

    We enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Audi Driver awards dinner held in Swindon as guests of the AmD Tuning team in part to celebrate another successful year of our BTCC partnership.

    The awards were voted for by readers of the popular Audi Driver magazine and included a selection of drivers from many aspects of european motorsport. The awards ceremony followed a busy day for the AmD team at the Castle Combe circuit as part of the Audi Driver International show where Ollie gave guests and journalists passenger rides in the Cobra Sport sponsored Audi S3 BTCC car. The appearance of the Audi S3 in amongst the other high performance Audi and VW vehicles proved to be one of the highlights of the show drawing interest from many of the motorsport fans in attendance.

    AmDTuning.com chief Shaun Hollamby was delighted to see the team rewarded for its performances on track, which also reflected the continued popularity of the BTCC with race fans.

    "It’s fantastic to see Ollie end the year with this award, particularly when it is one that has been chosen by Audi enthusiasts," he said. "When you consider the calibre of some of the drivers he was up against in Audi’s World Endurance Championship and DTM programmes, it’s brilliant that his performances in our S3 have gone down so well.

    "Not only is it hugely rewarding for both Ollie and the whole AmDTuning.com team, it is also a reflection of the power than the BTCC has and it’s ongoing popularity with fans."

    Main image courtesy of Autometrix Publications

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