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  • Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing secure first BTCC victory

    The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team was able to celebrate a breakthrough victory after a dramatic opening to the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season at Brands Hatch.

    The team headed into the season opener with high hopes of success on track after a solid pre-season testing programme with the Honda Civic Type Rs it is campaigning for the first time this year.

    Fife racer Rory Butcher would enjoy a strong start to his season having qualified eleventh on the grid for the opening race of the year in a tricky session held in damp conditions on Saturday afternoon.

    Early morning rain on race day led to a gamble on tyres for the opening 24 lap encounter of the year, with Rory electing to go with wet tyres on his Honda – as was the case for most of the drivers ahead.

    Whilst that proved to be the wrong call as the anticipated heavier rain didn’t arrive, Rory fought hard to secure a top ten finish as the third best driver on wet tyres.

    An eighth place finish followed in race two on the less favourable soft tyre, with the reverse grid draw putting the Scotsman fourth on the grid for the final race of the weekend.

    Whilst he slipped back to fifth early on, Rory fought back ahead of Tom Ingram’s Toyota into fourth place and then took advantage of a battle between Stephen Jelley and Matt Neal to pass both drivers in one go exiting Graham Hill Bend on lap 16.

    Lapping quicker than leader Tom Chilton ahead, Rory set about trying to chase down his rival before eventually crossing the line in second place for his maiden podium finish. However, a post-session penalty for an on-track incident for Chilton then promoted Rory into first place – meaning a first victory for both driver and team.

    Rory also secured Jack Sears Trophy honours for the weekend thanks to his combined results across the three races.

    Leeds-based team-mate Sam Tordoff however endured a challenging start to his season as a result of an unidentified issue with his car that would hamper his challenge on race day.

    Despite an off in qualifying that resulted in him losing his quickest time, Sam had qualified ninth on the grid for race one only for his race to come to an end on lap two when on-track content damaged the rear suspension on his car.

    At the back of the field for race two as a result, Sam fought his way forwards to 19th place at the finish and then just missed out on the points with 16th in race three as he was unable to build on the pace shown throughout pre-season testing.

    Rory Butcher, #6 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type, said:
    “It isn’t the way that you want to win a race, but you need a bit of luck in the BTCC sometimes and I’ll certainly take it. I’m so pleased to be the person who gives the AmD team its first win, and it’s an amazing feeling to be able to call myself a BTCC race winner.

    “I’m delighted with the weekend as a whole as we battled back from qualifying. I stayed calm and tried to progress in each race, and I knew that we could take advantage of it we had the chance to be near the front.

    “I can’t thank the team enough and we showed strong pace in each race in different conditions. The only mistake was not to roll the dice on the tyres in race one, but it’s a nice feeling to have some silverware and I’m buzzing about the way things have gone.”

    Sam Tordoff, #600 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type, said:
    “It’s hard to know what to say about the weekend to be honest. We had such high hopes of a strong performance but there has been a fundamental issue on my car that we just haven’t been able to resolve.

    “We have to just put Brands Hatch behind us, and my season will start when we get to Donington Park in a few weeks time.”

    Shaun Hollamby, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal:
    “This really has been a weekend of mixed emotions for us as a team. We came here with such high hopes of a strong performance for both drivers and the fact we were disappointed with our best ever qualifying performance shows how our expectations have been raised this year.

    “On one hand, I’m delighted for Rory with the results he had gained on track as he has done a great job and has shown why we rate him so highly as both a driver and a person. He’s been on the pace throughout race day and for him to take our first win is brilliant.

    “On the other, it’s so disappointing for Sam as he has been quick throughout testing and then when it mattered today, he has been unable to show it through no fault of his own. His car will be stripped down when we get back to base to get to the bottom of the issues there have been today, as the results are certainly down to something with the car rather than anything he has done behind the wheel.

    “When we get to Donington Park, we’ll look forward to both cars running towards the sharp end.”

  • Available Now - Vauxhall Corsa E VXR Venom Exhaust

    Vauxhall Corsa E VXR Venom ExhaustCobra Sport have expanded on their range of performance exhausts for the Corsa E VXR by creating a Venom exhaust system which features simplified rear pipework for the ultimate improvements in both sound and performance.

    The OE system has been replaced with mandrel bent 3”/76.2mm bore T304 stainless steel pipework. The exhaust is manufactured in Sheffield utilising superior TIG welding techniques with beautifully bent pipework in place of the usual rear box to smooth gas flow, improve sound and maximise possible performance gains.

    The simplified pipework of the Venom system which removes the usual rear box has been designed to create an unrivalled deep sporty sound which will set the Corsa E VXR ahead of the crowd. Sound testing of the finished Venom cat back exhaust system recorded an impressive 89.8dB (+11dB) on the sound meter during the 4000rpm circuit test with a sound track which becomes highly aggressive under load.

    As with the other Corsa E VXR exhaust systems in the Cobra Sport performance exhaust range, the Venom system is finished with a pair of 4” (101.6mm) tailpipes in a polished stainless steel or black ceramic coated finish which have been designed to subtly fit within the Corsa VXR’s rear diffuser. The exhaust system is manufactured with 3”/76.2mm pipework which splits to two 2.5”/63.5mm arms at the rear. The intricate pipework bends and resonated centre section of the Venom exhaust system maintain the necessary back pressure within the system.

    Matt Thomas, Sales Manager at Cobra Sport offers his verdict on the Corsa E VXR exhaust “Our new Venom exhaust is the ultimate upgrade for those looking for a quality of sound which beats any other system currently on the market. Following the success of our Venom exhausts for other vehicles in our range, we knew that the Venom exhaust design would be a great match for the 1.6 turbocharged engine. The inclusion of the resonated section removes any cabin drone making this a highly desirable and practical performance exhaust upgrade”.

    As always Cobra Sport are willing to back up their promises on quality, with a lifetime guarantee for customers who purchase the exhaust upgrade. Usual refinements include, hand finishing using advanced TIG welding techniques and all Grade 304 stainless pipework, with precision jig manufacturing to ensure a perfect fit.

    Find out more on our product pages > Vauxhall Corsa E VXR Performance Exhausts

  • Lomax gets 2019 British Rallycross season off to a Strong Start at Silverstone

    Craig Lomax and his XtremeRX team headed to the season opener at Silverstone looking to get the 2019 campaign off to a good start.

    The sun shone down on the Northampton circuit for the entire day, stark contrast to the artic conditions of a year ago. The Cobra Sport Exhaust backed driver recorded second fastest in class during free practice and went on to notch up a top three finish in Q1. However, in Q2 Lomax was forced to pull up after contact with another car during a racing incident caused damage to the steering.

    The Liqui Moly backed driver then secured a solid fifth place while ensuring he kept out of trouble during the mele at turn one in Q3. This earned him a second-row grid spot for the first final of the year. After a great start Lomax found himself firmly in the leading pack in fifth spot at turn one, a position he held onto for the duration of the race in what is shaping up to be a fiercely competitive Supernational field for 2019.

    The championship now moves to Lomax’s favourite circuit, Lydden Hill for its traditional Easter Monday fixture. Action gets underway at 09:00am.

    Craig Lomax, #24:

    ‘It was the first time we had driven the car with all the upgrades we made over the winter and it feels so good. It makes you wonder where we could have been if we hadn’t had the knock in Q2.

    I must say the work that Cobra Exhausts and Steven (Gault) have done takes Sabrina to a whole new level. We have a lot more to give this year’

  • Tordoff tops the time sheets on official BTCC test day

    Sam Tordoff - 2019 Kwik Fit BTCC Honda CivicCobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing drivers Rory Butcher and Sam Tordoff kicked off the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship campaign in fine style yesterday, with Sam topping the time sheets and setting a new lap record on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit layout during the official season launch test day (March 27).

    Joining the 30-car BTCC line-up for the first time this year, Butcher and Tordoff set early benchmarks in the morning session with Sam leading the field and Rory only 0.146 seconds behind in P5 in the two Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type Rs.

    With lap times quickening in the afternoon session, Sam was the only driver to dip below the 48 second mark during his 170 laps, setting a new lap record of 47.927s on the 1.2mile Indy configuration.

    “I’m really happy with how today went. It’s been a great day. We knew this car was good. We’ve been fast in testing all year, but it’s nice to come here in front of everyone else and assess where we really are on the grid.

    “It’s the first time that I’ve been fastest in both the morning and afternoon sessions. It’s a good omen to start the season off. I’m very confident ahead of next week’s opening round. We have a good indication of where were going to be for the first race, and it’s very promising.

    Looking ahead to next weekend’s opening rounds, Tordoff concluded; “I couldn’t have asked for anymore. Big thanks to the Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance team. They’ve worked really hard this winter and we’re going to arrive with very different expectations of what’s possible.”

    The 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season gets underway on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on April 6/7, with live race day coverage on ITV4, ITV4HD, and live online streaming via the itvHub.

  • Available Now - BMW 435D (F32 & F36) Quad Exit Exhaust

    Cobra Sport have added a quad exit performance exhaust to their ever popular range of style upgrades for the BMW 435D, with the launch of a BMW M4 style quad exit exhaust system.

    For those seeking to achieve a more aggressive and sporty look similar to that of the M4 to the rear of their 435D, Cobra Sport now offer a quad tip fully TIG welded stainless steel cosmetic exhaust upgrade which makes a bold statement.

    This exhaust system has been designed to fit F32 Coupe and F36 Gran Coupe 435D models with the M-Sport bodykit with the addition of a quad exit M4 style lower rear panel (available separately). Once fitted, the new Cobra Sport 435D exhaust system and replacement body panel look entirely at home on the car giving a look which should have been created directly from the factory. The new Cobra Sport exhaust is ideal for those looking for a sportier more aggressive look to the high powered diesel models.

    Matt Thomas, Cobra Sport’s Sales Manager says “We’ve seen a growing trend of people wanting to achieve the look of the more recognisable M4 quad exit exhaust on the more economical diesel 435D. Our quad exit exhaust conversion allows them to achieve the look with this fantastic cosmetic upgrade”.

    The new quad exit Cobra Sport exhaust for the 435D is finished with a pair of specially designed twin 3” (76.2mm) highly polished T304 stainless steel slash cut tailpipes which further enhance the appearance the car and take inspiration from the styling of the popular BMW M4.

    As always Cobra Sport are willing to back up their promises on quality, with a lifetime guarantee for customers who purchase the exhaust upgrade. Usual refinements include hand finished advanced  TIG welding techniques, Grade 304 stainless steel pipework, formed expertly on CNC Mandrel bending machines and precision jig manufacturing to ensure a perfect first time direct fit.

    Find out more on our product pages > BMW 435D Quad Exit Performance Exhaust

  • Available Now - VAG Group Resonator Delete Exhausts

    The Mk7 / 7.5 VW Golf GTI, Mk7 Golf R and Audi S3 (8V) have all been back into the Cobra Sport development facility recently for a new product release which has been frequently requested by VW and Audi vehicle owners.

    Designed and manufactured to uncompromising standard, Cobra Sport has re-defined the sound of the O/E exhaust systems through a resonator delete exhaust section. This simple upgrade significantly improves the sound and amplification of gear change characteristics.

    The resonator delete pipe is manufactured with CNC mandrel bent T304 stainless steel pipework with a bore size of 2.75” (69.9mm). The new part removes the central silencer/resonator found in the O/E system allowing for smoother gas flow rates for improved power delivery and a noticeably enhanced exhaust tone. The new Cobra Sport Exhaust significantly improves the sound of the car, increasing in volume but more importantly producing a deeper better quality sporty sound.

    Cobra Sport Sales Director Matt Thomas commented, “Our new resonator delete pipes are an excellent introduction to performance exhaust improvements. We find many customers start with a basic resonator delete upgrade but soon take this further, fitting a Cobra Sport cat back or full turbo back exhaust upgrade. The exhaust tone with the delete pipe fitted is noticeably louder, deeper and more aggressive giving the desirable performance exhaust characteristics of a sport exhaust upgrade, with crackles and pops significantly enhanced. We have a before and after video on our website which demonstrates the substantial tonal improvements with the new part fitted”.

    As always Cobra Sport are willing to back up their promises on quality, with a lifetime guarantee for customers who purchase the exhaust upgrade. Usual refinements include hand finished advanced  TIG welding techniques, Grade 304 stainless steel pipework, formed expertly on CNC Mandrel bending machines and precision jig manufacturing to ensure a perfect first time direct fit.

    Full Application List:

    VW Golf Mk7 GTI including Clubsport and Clubsport S

    VW Golf Mk7.5 GTI

    VW Golf R Mk7

    Seat Leon Cupra 280 / 290 / 300

    Audi S3 (8V)

    This part will also shortly be available for the Mk7.5 Golf R, Skoda Octavia VRS and Audi TT (Mk3).

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