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  • 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

  • Available now - Vauxhall Corsa E 1.0 Turbo Sport Exhausts

    Vauxhall Corsa E 1.0 Turbo Cobra Sport ExhaustCobra Sport are pleased to announce the launch of their latest edition to an extensive Vauxhall range with the completed development for the stylish and affordable Vauxhall Corsa E 1.0 Turbo. The Cobra Sport research and development team quickly made the decision to base the new performance exhaust systems on 2.5" (63.5mm) T304 stainless steel mandrel bent pipework. The system has been designed to run directly from the flange of the catalyst section running the full length of the vehicle finishing in a choice of tailpipe options. The new systems for the Corsa E 1.0 Turbo are based around a cat back configuration with the option for either a resonated cat back or louder Venom exhaust system. Sound testing revealed the two systems to have similar decibel reading for the external tests recording 96db and 97db on the static 4,000 rpm test. However, the resonated centre significantly reduced the interior cabin decibel reading recording 4.6db less at 79db than the Venom equivalent when cruising at motorway speeds. The outstanding improvements in sound quality are complemented by a significant weight advantage with the Cobra Sport system with increased bore size weighing only 11.86kg giving a 16% decrease from the OEM weight of 14.12kg. Cobra Sport Sales Manager Matt Thomas commented "We're very excited about the release of the system for the sporty 1 litre turbo edition of the Corsa E having had previously success with the Corsa E VXR and 1.4 Turbo edition. The pick of the systems for me is the resonated cat back exhaust which has been designed to improve the sound with an increase in volume whilst still having a perfectly balanced pitch and tone. The resonated section removes any drone from the vehicle interior at cruising speeds meaning you can have the best of both worlds with a dramatically improved exhaust sound whilst keeping this subtle enough for every day use of the vehicle". Cobra Sport have managed to improve the styling of the already sporty Corsa by finishing the exhaust systems with a choice of bold highly polished stainless steel tailpipe options including 3.5” and 4” inward rolled baffled tips, a 3.5” outward rolled tip and a statement 4.5” x 3.5” oval slash cut tailpipe which we anticipate to be the most popular choice. View our range of exhausts for the Corsa E 1.0 Turbo on our products page > Corsa E 1.0 Turbo

  • AmDTuning look to next season following strong display at BTCC Finale

    Ollie Jackson Racing Driver - BTCC AmDTuningHeading into the British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch confidence was high in the AmDTuning garage with the Cobra Sport sponsored Audi S3 having shown great pace and scoring points at the 2 previous rounds at Rockingham and Silverstone.

    It has been a season of high and lows for the AmDTuning team. We are very proud to have been part of the journey this season and have witnessed up close how far the team have progressed particularly in the last three rounds. The Audi BTCC car will be on our stand at the upcoming VAG Tuner EXPO at Donington on Sunday 23rd October if you want to see the car up close for one final time this year.

    The pace continued during the 2 practice rounds with driver Ollie Jackson setting laps quick enough for 4th and 11th position at the end of the free practice rounds. Moving into qualifying the order changed changed quickly on a drying track. Lap times quickened and pole position swapped hands a number of times towards the end of the session. Ollie was running in 10th on the grid moving into the final minutes of the session but unfortunately got caught behind a rival on a final quick lap meaning a slip down to 16th on the grid.

    The AmDTuning Audi finished the first race of the day in 18th position slipping down 2 places with Ollie struggling to get the necessary heat into the Dunlop tyres. A change in set up before race two improved this considerably allowing Ollie to battle up through the field towards a top ten position. During this progress, contact from the Toyota of Jake Hill affected the handling of the S3 leading to a slight drop in pace with Ollie slipping down to a points finish of 15th place by the end of the second race.

    Ollie Jackson - AmDTuning / Cobra Sport Audi S3 BTCC CarRunning the soft tyres in race three allowed the Audi to quickly make up places off the line. A finish in the top ten was firmly on the cards until a tag from behind by the Volkswagen of Aron Smith (for which Smith received a verbal warning after the race) put the S3 off the track and into the barriers. Extensive damage to the Audi meant another forced retirement and the chance of a best finished of the season scuppered.

    The weekend once again provided the competitiveness of the car with the Cobra Sport sponsored Audi S3 running in with the front runners and title contenders. The progress made with the car towards the end of the season has seen the team end on a high with driver Ollie Jackson firmly looking forward to next year in the BTCC.

    “It’s a case of what might have been in the final race, but it’s good that we have ended the year showing strong pace in the Audi again,” he said. “We struggled to get the tyres switched on in the first race but made some changes for race two that really improved things and it was good to get into the points, although we could have had more without the contact.

    Ollie Jackson - AmDTuning / Cobra Sport Audi S3 BTCC Car“In race three on the soft tyre, the car felt absolutely mega and I really think we were robbed of our best result of the year. Overall though, recent events have allowed us to show the potential of our package and I think it bodes well for the future.

    “I would love to stay with the team next season, and hopefully we can sit down and do a deal early so that we can get the RML components onto the car and then embark on a proper testing programme for 2017. We’ve shown that we can match the pace of the front pack, and we need to make sure we are ready to hit the ground running next year.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby was also pleased with the performance on track even with the misfortune of race three, and shared in Ollie’s desire to extend the partnership into 2017 as part of an expanded BTCC programme.

    Ollie Jackson - AmDTuning / Cobra Sport Audi S3 BTCC Car“The pace in the car has been really strong again this weekend and it’s a shame that we didn’t get the result in race three, but it happens,” he said. “Despite that, I feel we have ended the year on a high with the pace we have shown throughout race day and it has maintained the performance that we have seen in the Audi in the second half of the year.

    “After a tough start to the campaign, Ollie has driven really well this season and hopefully we can sit down and do a deal to continue our relationship into 2017. We’re also exploring the possibility of expanding to run a second Audi as we have the shell ready to build up, and have already spoken to some interested parties about what might be possible if we can secure the necessary licence.”

    Photographs courtesy of Marc Waller Photography

  • Performance Audi Magazine BTCC Feature (September 2016)

    Performance Audi Front Cover - September 2016The latest edition of Performance Audi magazine contains a 7 page feature showcasing our involvement in the British Touring Car Championship with the popular AmD Tuning race team. As proud sponsors of the stunning Audi S3 BTCC car and partner to the AmD team we are always happy to welcome guests on race days to experience the highly entertaining race series up close.

    Performance Audi photographer Adam Walker joined us for the day at the spectacular Rockingham Motor Speedway where we organised full media access for race day. At his first ever BTCC event, Adam particularly enjoyed the amount of interaction guests and spectators are able to experience on the day with approachable teams in the paddock and the chance to interact with the drivers, something you would not be able to experience in other forms of motorsport.

    The race weekend was one of the best of the year for Ollie Jackson scoring points in both races two and three on an exciting day of Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship racing at the spectator friendly Rockingham Motor Speedway.

    Check out the full article in the gallery below:

  • TRAX Show 2016 at Silverstone

    TRAX Logo 2016The TRAX show at Silverstone yesterday proved to be the highlight of the outdoor show season with an amazing attendance and a real buzz around the British Grand Prix venue. The turnout at the Fast Car sponsored event was fantastic and the amount people visiting us on the stand made the event a phenomenal success.

    The Cobra Sport events trailer was the busiest it had been at all of the shows we have attended this summer and the amount of enthusiasm from the public was infectious. It's always great to get the chance to speak to our customers face to face to discuss our current range of direct fit exhaust systems along with the exciting developments we have planned for 2017.

    On the stand at the TRAX show we had the Nissan 370Z fitted with a Cobra Sport centre and rear exhaust system along with the popular Ford Fiesta ST180 fitted with a non resonated 2.5" cat back exhaust system. Our clothing range again proved popular with our luxury hoodies becoming the sought after item in preparation for the imminent cooler autumn weather conditions.

    The next event on our busy show schedule is the indoor VAG Tuner EXPO at Donington on Sunday 23rd October.

     

  • AmDTuning collect further points at Silverstone

    AmDTuning Audi S3 Silverstone - BTCC 2016Silverstone hosted the penultimate round the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship last weekend with the championship still wide open and important points up for grabs. There are still 8 drivers in with a chance of taking the championship which led to a weekend of fantastic racing all the way down the field with the weather conditions during qualifying mixing up the grid nicely for the first BTCC race of the day. Support for Ollie Jackson and the Cobra Sport / AmDTuning.com race team was demonstrated by the ever growing display of official team wear and t-shirts worn in the packed Silverstone grandstands.

    The team headed it Silverstone on the back of a highly successful weekend at Rockingham where technical improvements to the car moved the Audi S3 up the field running firmly on the back of the leading pack in amongst the championship contenders.

    Race weekend started well with Ollie recording the 13th fastest time in free practice and entering the qualifying session in a positive mood. The program of testing and development of the S3 throughout the season continued at Silverstone. Unfortunately the changes applied before qualifying lead to handling issues during the session leading to Ollie recording a time only 1 second off pole but down in 24th place for race one showing the competitiveness of the 2016 BTCC line up.

    With the handling issues ironed out overnight, an aggressive start off the line saw Ollie battling his way forwards through the pack; dicing with the works Subarus and title-leading BMWs in a train of cars fighting for the points scoring positions.

    AmDTuning Garage - Silverstone 2016Having taken the flag in 16th, Ollie was then promoted to 14th position post-race when both MG drivers were excluded from the results due to a rear wing infringement. Scrutineering of all other cars on the grid was carried out during the afternoon by TOCA officials.

    Race two again showed the improved pace from the Audi S3 with Ollie Jackson running much higher up the grid keeping up with and attacking the leading group of cars. Having made his was up to and maintaining a position for a second points finish of the day, a forceful final lap move from championship contender Matt Neal desperate to collect all possible points moved Ollie down to P16 outside of the points places. Inspection of the car back in the garage showed one of the tyres to be heavily worn suggesting further the pace possible from the Audi once the setup has been further perfected to protect the tyres.

    Early contact from the Honda of Jeff Smith in race three which resulted in a post race verbal warning for Smith, ended Ollie’s hopes of more points in race three. A recovery and fightback up through the pack during the race showed the improved pace in the S3 enabling Ollie to take the chequered flag in P17.

    BTCC AmDTuning Audi S3 - Cobra Sport“It’s almost good to be disappointed that we only got one points finish from the weekend, as we certainly could have scored in all three,” he said. “A lot of it came down to qualifying where we were lower than we should have been, but we fought back well on Sunday and made the most of the strong race pace in the car.

    “Race one went well and it looked like we could add to the points in race two until the closing laps when we just missed out. In the final race, there were certainly points to be had before Jeff Smith tried to use me as a brake at the end of the straight and dropped me right down the order. The fact that I fought back to 17th with a damaged car, and was able to lap as quick as the front-runners, showed what might have been.

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby said he was pleased with the performance on track, although he shared in Ollie’s disappointment at the missed points.

    “The pace in the car has been good once again this weekend and we certainly could have taken more than a single points finish,” he said. “Ollie race day performance has been strong and it’s only because of the driving of others that we haven’t been able to score in all three races; particular in the final one where he was as quick as the guys at the front.

    “Having shown our improvement in the past two meetings, hopefully we can now continue to build on it and go to Brands Hatch in a few weeks and end the season on a high.”

    The BTCC season finale takes place around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit over the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of October.

    Top image courtesy of: Marc Waller Photography

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