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  • 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

     

  • Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing maintains strong start

    The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team maintained its strong start to the new Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season after showing front-running pace across the weekend at Donington Park.

    The team headed to the East Midlands circuit on a high after a breakthrough victory at Brands Hatch earlier in the month, with drivers Sam Tordoff and Rory Butcher confident about fighting at the sharp end of the field.

    Leeds racer Sam had endured a weekend to forget at Brands Hatch on his first outing in the team’s Honda Civic Type R, but looked well set to get his championship challenge underway after qualifying in a solid fifth place.

    Running fourth in the early stages of the race, Sam battled his way up into the podium places after an early safety car period, but damage sustained in a clash with Josh Cook would then lead to him suffering a spin going into the final chicane.

    Dropping down outside the points, Sam nursed the car to the finish to take 13th place and then went into race two focused on pushing back into the top ten.

    Up into ninth within three laps of the start, Sam’s race was going to plan early on but a hit from behind going into the Craner Curves on lap seven resulted in a high speed spin across the grass that dropped him down towards the rear of the field. From there, Sam drove well to recover to 14th, although it was very much a case of what might have been.

    Running the hard compound tyre in race three, Sam’s weekend ended with a 15th place finish.

    Fife ace Rory was keen to build on his Brands Hatch victory but was left on the back foot in qualifying when he was unable to get a clear lap in the changeable conditions and was left down in 19th place on the grid.

    The Scot fought his way forwards to eleventh in the opening race of the weekend and then set what would prove the be the fastest race lap of the weekend in race two with a storming run through to fifth.

    Sixth on the grid for race three thanks to the reverse grid draw, Rory produced a battling drive on the less favourable hard tyre to secure fourth place and heads away from the weekend sitting just six points off the championship lead.

    As at Brands Hatch, Rory also secured Jack Sears Trophy honours for the weekend.

    Rory Butcher, #6 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:
    “Qualifying was so disappointing as we didn’t get a decent lap in the conditions and it made race day tough. But I tried to make progress in each race and it worked. We got the fastest lap on the medium tyre and had the quickest car on the hard tyre in race three, which is really good.

    “Before race three I thought it would be nice to try and get my tally for the day up to 30 points and that’s what we did. That is the goal for each race meeting and I’m always looking at the bigger picture and the season as a whole.

    “The car was strong in the Thruxton test we did recently and whilst a little bit of ballast will hit us going there, we’ll be in the mix. It isn’t about fighting for pole, it’s about challenging for the points on race day that will be key later in the year.”

    Sam Tordoff, #600 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:
    “Unfortunately this weekend has been yet another disaster for me. We had another strong qualifying performance to take P5 on Saturday, and I thought our luck had finally turned. However, the contact in race one eventually broke the car and spat me off, and it set the tone for race two. We were coming through nicely and then got turfed off again, which ruined my race.

    “Being on the hard tyre in race three, we tried a few radical things thinking ahead to Thruxton. It seemed like a good time to experiment given that the rest of the day hadn’t gone to plan but sadly it didn’t work out, although we did set the fastest lap on the hard tyre.

    “We just have to keep trying and keep plugging away because our time will come.”

    Shaun Hollamby, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
    “It’s been a bit of a mixed bag again this weekend. Rory has done a great job and has driven really well and it means he is right up there in the points after two rounds – and there on merit because he’s picked up some strong results and been right on the pace.

    “Sam has been unfortunate with contact in two of the races and it means that he hasn’t picked up the results that he deserves once again this weekend.

    “Clearly we have a fast race car and we can go to Thruxton feeling positive that both drivers will be able to push for the podium.”

    Photos by LAP - Laborne Action Photography

  • Lomax shows speed and is rewarded with Silverware in British Rallycross!

    Craig Lomax and his XtremeRX team headed to spiritual home of Rallycross, Lydden Hill in Kent for the annual Easter Monday meeting.

    Looking to build on his strong start at round 1. The plucky Yorkshireman drove his Cobra Sport backed C2 to a solid forth position at the intermediate stage still looking like he had more to give. But a second-row grid start gave him an opportunity for a clean and quick start. However, he was deemed to have jumped the start and was presented with the task of having to complete two joker laps. The first of which he took on the first lap and was jostled while doing so losing him valuable seconds on the race leaders. He opted to take his second joker on his third lap. It was only the first and second placed drivers that produced quicker joker times!

    Despite the penalty he finished 5th on track and collected third spot for the super 1600 class.

    The championship now has a short break and then heads to Pembrey in South Wales on 22nd and 23rd June for rounds 3 and 4. Track action gets underway at 09:00

    Craig Lomax, #24:

    ‘We are still getting used to the upgrades but we still have so much more to give. But 2 podium finishes in class for 2 rounds is such a great start. Thanks to all my sponsors and special thanks to the team who without them there’s no way I couldn’t get the car to the grid!’

  • Home Track Success for Motorbase Performance

    Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher kicked off the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season in sensational style at its home circuit, taking victory in the final contest of the opening weekend at Brands Hatch (April 6/7).

    Tom Chilton secured his 15th BTCC career win during an action-packed closing race on the Kent circuit, adding to his earlier 3rd-placed podium and top-nine finish for the Motorbase-run squad during the 2019 curtain-raiser.

    Unfortunately, Chilton was later judged to have performed an illegal overtake on Matt Neal, resulting in a 5-second time penalty, dropping him back to 2nd place.

    Lewis Hamilton at Brands Hatch to support brother Nicholas Hamilton in the Motorbase Performance Focus RS

    Tricky racing conditions for the opening round of the season threw-up a conundrum for the grid. With an almost 50/50 split of teams opting to run on either slicks or wets on the damp track, both Chilton and team-mate Ollie Jackson took a risk on the medium compound starting from P13 and P27 on the grid.

    Banking on the drying track favouring slicks as the laps unfolded, the decision paid off. After initially dropping down the order in the opening laps, Chilton delivered a flawless drive in the #3 Focus RS. Making his way into the top 10 by lap 9, the Reigate-racer then went on a thrilling charge through the field to claim P3 at the flag for his first visit to the podium.

    Starting from the back of the grid, an inspired drive from Ollie Jackson saw the 34-year-old on a mission. Having made up an incredible 10 places by the mid-way point of the race, Jackson was running in P7 and looking set for a strong top-five finish before disaster struck. Losing power on lap 17 of the 24 lap contest, the Surrey-man was forced into the pits with an electrical issue, recording a DNF.

    Race 2 proved to be more of a scrappy affair for the Motorbase-duo. With both cars running on the soft-option tyre, Chilton also carried 39kg of success ballast on-board the #3 Focus. A strong start for the Gallagher-backed driver that saw him make a move on Jake Hill as the race leaders charged into Paddock Hill bend was rewarded with a P2 position. Regrettably, it was a short-lived result. After coming under relentless pressure from the charging pack, Chilton defended hard against the lighter opposition but dropped down the order to eventually cross the line in 9th.

    Jackson’s revival looked set to pay-off in race two. Starting from P28, another outstanding drive saw him scythe his way up into P16, inching the #48 Focus ever closer to a points-scoring finish as the race entered its final stages. Heavy contact on the closing laps, however, saw him grapple with the stricken car, and he did well to bring the RS home in P18.

    Starting from P3 by virtue of the reversed grid draw, Chilton’s ballast was dropped to 6kg for the final race of the day. Beaten off the line by the fast-starting rear wheel drive cars, Chilton dropped back to P6 at the first corner. A heroic battle back from the 34-year-old, however, saw him reclaim third by the end of the first lap.

    Chasing down lead pair of Neal and Jelley, Chilton made his move on the BMW on lap 8 to take second place before besting three-times BTCC-champion Neal as the two raced through Clearways on the following tour. With a clear run ahead of him, Chilton took a commanding race win in the #3 Focus RS, and his second visit to the podium.

    Regrettably, Chilton’s move was deemed as an illegal overtake by officials following the final race, and Chilton was handed a 5-second penalty, with the amended race result recorded as a P2 finish for the Motorbase driver.

    Jackson’s weekend woes sadly continued. After showing promising pace once more, heavy contact in the mid-pack saw the #48 Focus RS forced into the pits with race-ending damage, recording his 2nd DNF of the day.

    Having bagged a strong haul of points over the weekend, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher left it home circuit sitting in 2nd place in the overall and Independent Teams standings, with Tom Chilton also 2nd in the overall’ and Independent Drivers’ championship points.

    Quotes:

    Team Manager Oly Collins:
    “A great weekend for Tom, and for Ollie it was a case of what should have been. After a tough qualifying session, Sunday’s results were an ideal way to start the season.

    “Ollie was looking good for a top 6 in race one but was cruelly taken out of contention with an electrical fault which ruined the rest of the day. For Tom, two podiums one of which was the top step on track was exactly the start to our championship attack that we were hoping for. We now head to Donington Park looking for the same consistency he showed last year.”

    #3 Tom Chilton:
    “We’ve had lots of ups and downs this weekend! Saturday was a pretty awful day if I’m honest. Considering all of the work and testing we’ve done in the pre-season it didn’t go in our favour in qualifying. But actually 13th wasn’t the end of the world after all, and we’re coming away from this weekend with two podiums, three top ten finishes and currently 2nd in the championship.

    “The decision after race 3 was a fair cop! I pushed to pass Matt Neal, and they’ve pushed me back with a 5-second penalty which meant I ended up finishing 2nd overall. Obviously, I’m gutted that I lost the win, but in hindsight, I should have backed off to let him back through. I genuinely hadn’t realised that I had done it until I watched the on-board back. I’m holding my hands up.

    “Even so, it’s been a great start to our season. It’s all to play for heading to Donington Park. We’re in a great position and we’ll keep working hard and pushing forward.”

    #48 Ollie Jackson:
    “The depressing thing about the weekend is that we’ve shown that we have the pace in the car. We’ve been in the mix all day, I moved forward repeatedly and we’ve just had no luck at all.

    “In the first race, we had a problem with one of the ECUs on the car. We’d managed to come up from the back of the grid to 7th before that. It doesn’t get better than that really. Race 3’s DNF was a result of contact on track, it was a very physical race.

    “The positives we can take away from the weekend are that Tom has proven the car is a race winner. We’ve clearly shown that the pace is in the car, we just need my luck to come together. I had a great time with the team. Off track, it’s been absolutely as I hoped it would be. In that respect, the weekend has met all of my expectations.”

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