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  • Cobra Sport and Motorbase Performance racing ahead in the BTCC

    Leading performance exhaust specialists, Cobra Sport, join forces with another front-running BTCC team for 2019.

    Cobra Sport is proud to announce an exciting new technical partnership with Motorbase Performance for their 2019 BTCC campaign.

    Two Shredded Wheat-liveried Ford Focus RS’ driven by Ollie Jackson and Tom Chilton along with a ROKiT sponsored Focus RS driven by Nicolas Hamilton will compete in ten rounds of this hotly contested Championship – with all cars now running specially developed Cobra Sport race exhaust systems.

    With a proven track record at the highest levels of motorsport, Cobra Sport’s Motorsport Projects division was approached by Motorbase Performance to develop a bespoke exhaust system to meet the strict racing criteria.

    Developed at their Sheffield-based technical facility, with the assistance of sister company JP Exhausts, the brief was to produce a full system that would maximise performance of the Focus RS, while withstanding the rigours of a season of intense BTCC competition. The end result is a triumph of automotive engineering.

     

    Manufactured from ultra-resilient T304 stainless steel, the 3-inch mandrel-bent system has been precision TIG-welded to optimise gas flow and maximise strength. The profile of the exhaust’s side exit has been formed with additional strengthening to maintain ground clearance and withstand the rigours of the BTCC.

    With free-flowing silencers tuned to meet strict 115dB race-day limits, this bespoke competition system showcases Cobra Sport’s expert craftsmanship and industry-leading TIG-welding solutions. It incorporates the same high levels of quality and attention to detail that you’ll find on every single TIG-welded road-car application.

     

    Oly Collins Motorbase Performance Team Manager said: "We’re really pleased to announce our new technical partnership with Cobra Sport Exhausts. At Motorbase we’re very keen on loyal relationships with great technical partners. We have seen what Cobra Sport have been up to elsewhere in Motorsport and it’s a great time to join forces with them and start working together.”

    Cobra Sport have already tasted success at the top levels of British motorsport and also currently jointly run two Honda Civic Type Rs competing in the championship under the ‘Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing banner. Cobra Sport Exhausts look forward to building on this with Motorbase Performance in the 2019 BTCC.

    The first round of the 2019 Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on 06-07th April, with nine more races to follow.

  • Available Now - BMW M2 (F87) Performance Exhausts

    BMW M2 F87 Cobra Sport Performance ExhaustDelivering an even harder performance edge to BMW's brilliant F87 M2 is the new valved 3” (76.2mm) Cobra Sport performance exhaust.

    Both Cobra Sport's Technical and R&D teams were involved in the planning and preparation that went into the product testing and development of this new exhaust system to ensure the correct balance between sound, aesthetics and power improvements.

    The new Cobra Sport Exhausts for the M2 are based on 3” (76.2mm) diameter pipework for improved gas flow and to open up opportunities for performance tuning. The T304 stainless steel pipework is CNC mandrel bent and benefits from advanced manufacturing techniques and superior TIG welding procedures to produce a superlative finish.

    By including the exhaust valve, the new Cobra Sport performance exhaust systems offer the best of both worlds continuing to utilise the built in BMW drive modes. With the valve closed the gasses are directed through the entirety of the optimised rear silencer ensuring a subtle but sporty exhaust tone suitable for everyday driving.

    BMW M2 TIG Welded Cobra ExhaustIn sport mode the valve opens allowing gasses to flow through and exit both outlets of the silencer increasing flow rates and sound levels. The result in sport mode is a much deeper exhaust tone than standard which becomes highly aggressive when under full load with a trademark crackle on overrun, completely overhauling the driving experience.

    The design of the back box was tweaked a number of times to ensure there was no resonance or exhaust drone with each layout being extensively road tested to find the optimal design. During the same process the exhaust sound was optimised with the final system adding a subtle +4dB on the track test whilst completely overhauling the tone upgrading the car to a truly stunning sound track.

    Cobra Sport Sales Manager Matt Thomas commented, “The BMW M2 is a real enthusiasts car so we were keen to create a system which suits everyday and full track use. By incorporating the valve, we have been able to cater for both however having heard the exhaust in Sport+ mode that’s the mode we expect it to stay in permanently! Matched with the Cobra Sport Sports Catalyst or De-Cat downpipe to create a full turbo back exhaust upgrade, huge power increases are possible with a re-map at one of our tuning partners”.

    The Cobra Sport’s quad exit exhaust system benefits from a choice of twin slashcut and angled 88.9mm tailpipes finished in either original highly polished stainless steel or upgraded to our Carbon Fibre tailpipe option.

    View full BMW M2 Exhaust information on our product page > BMW M2 F87) Performance Exhausts

  • Available Now - Mini Cooper S F56 LCI Performance Exhausts

    Mini Cooper S F56 LCI Cobra ExhaustsCobra Sport have expanded on their range of Mini performance exhausts having completed development on the facelift Mini Cooper S F56 LCI.

    Keen to build on an existing first class reputation in the performance Mini tuning scene, Cobra Sport have launched a unique 3” (76.2mm) bore GPF-Back exhaust system for the new F56 LCI model matching an enhanced driving experience with a dynamically improved sound track.

    he Cobra Sport research and development team quickly made the decision to base the new performance exhaust systems on 3” (76.2mm) T304 stainless steel pipework. Initially available in GPF-Back exhaust configuration, full cat-back and de-cat/sports cat turbo back exhaust upgrades have been prepared in preparation for suitable GPF delete ECU remap software to become available at our tuning partners.

    Mini Cooper S F56 LCI GPF Back ExhaustDuring the 4,000 rpm static test the GPF back exhaust system increased sound levels to 91.6dB on the static 4,000rpm track test. The Cobra Sport systems also offer an impressive weight saving over the standard system weighing in at only 14.39kg.

    Cobra Sport Sales Manager Matt Thomas commented, “We’re very excited about the release of the first of our new exhaust systems for the F56 LCI Mini. The 2.0 litre engine has a fantastic reputation and our R&D team have been able to really enhance and deepen the exhaust tone whilst still keeping the GPF in place. We’ve worked closely with leading Mini tuning companies fulfilling their requirements for a quality TIG welded product offering a real alternative to the JCW upgrades which not only sounds great but substantially enhances the gas flow to open up the possibilities of large performance upgrades”.

    The F56 LCI has an aggressive stance on the road. Cobra Sport have managed to improve the looks, finishing off the rear of the Mini with a more aggressive and balanced look. A choice of highly polished stainless steel tailpipes are available including 3.5” (88.9mm) inward rolled baffled and inverted tips. For those looking to improve the styling further, Cobra Sport offer a Ceramic Coated Black exhaust tip and stunning Carbon Fibre branded tailpipes.

    View more information on our product page > Mini Cooper S F56 LCI Performance Exhausts

  • Available Now - BMW M4 (F82) Performance Exhausts

    BMW M4 Cobra Sport ExhaustsIn line with Cobra Sport’s objective to continually expand their range of TIG welded stainless steel performance exhausts, the latest vehicle to pass through the development programme is the stunning BMW M4 Coupé. Keen to make a step above and differentiate from the competition, Cobra Sport have used their extensive experience and use of new exhaust technology to create a product which truly stands out in the aftermarket performance market.

    The Cobra Sport research and development team quickly made the decision to base the new M4 exhaust systems on 3” (76.2mm) T304 grade stainless steel pipework. The larger diameter 3” pipework enhances the capabilities of the 3.0 litre twin turbo V6 engine and utilising advanced gas flow design,  allows for substantial performance improvements.

    The M4 development has been based around a valved cat back exhaust with the addition of a secondary de-cat (catalyst bypass) exhaust upgrade. The cat back exhaust includes a centre H-Pipe section, designed to mix and perfectly balance gas flow from both sides of the engine to increase power, improve flow efficiency and enhance the exhaust tone.

    Extensive road testing was undertaken in order to ensure there was no resonance or exhaust drone in the cabin throughout the rev range in all drive modes. The sound of the new Cobra Sport exhaust boast vastly improved tonal characteristics, with the new exhaust offering a deeper more aggressive sound when under full load.

    The Cobra Sport exhaust incorporates a pair of exhaust valves designed to utilise the existing valve motors , enabling continued use of the M4 drive modes to adjust the dynamic of the exhaust. In the comfort driving mode the valves remain shut forcing the gas flow through the flow optimised rear box, creating a finely tuned exhaust note for a sporty but unobtrusive sound track for everyday use. With the valves open in Sport and Sport+ mode, the gas flows through all 4 tips creating a highly aggressive sound track.

    Primary Cat Back Cobra Sport M4 ExhaustCobra Sport Sales Manager Matt Thomas commented, “Building on an existing first class reputation in the BMW tuning market, we’re excited to be adding the Cobra Sport sound and performance upgrade to the stunning M4. Power testing the secondary de-cat and cat back system revealed an impressive +21.25bhp and +9.2lb-ft of torque. The free flowing 3” pipework and optimised exhaust technology opens up huge potential for M4 owners looking to increase power whilst also obtaining a pitch perfect exhaust tone”.

    Cobra Sport have improved the styling of the BMW M4, creating a noticeably enhanced and balanced look to the rear of the M4 with a choice of quad 3.5” (88.9mm) inward rolled baffled or inverted highly polished stainless steel tailpipes. For those looking to take the style upgrade a stage further, upgraded ceramic coated matt black ‘Blackout’ tailpipes are available.

    Designed and manufactured to uncompromising standard, you can be assured of only the highest quality materials being used in the production of all Cobra Sports exhaust systems. The highest quality grade 304 stainless steel is used throughout the components and each exhaust being hand finished and individually TIG welded at our Sheffield based manufacturing facility The levels of quality achieved enables us to offer a lifetime guarantee on all exhaust systems which provides the ultimate piece of mind for the customer.

    View further information on our BMW M4 Product Pages >>

  • Cobra Sport announce technical partnership with XtremeRX for British Rallycross Championship

    Cobra Sport XtremeRX Pembrey - British RallycrossKeen to expand its involvement with prominent UK Motorsport championships, Cobra Sport Exhausts can today announce a new technical partnership with the the XtremeRX Motorsport team in the Toyo Tires Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship.

    Ahead of the new 2019 Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross season Super 1600 championship contender Yorkshireman Craig Lomax and his XtremeRX Team are delighted to announce a partnership with Sheffield based Cobra Sport, who specialise in performance exhaust systems. Cobra Sport have a 40-year pedigree in motorsport developing exhaust systems and are best known for their involvement in the British Touring Car Championship and other circuit motorsport. They welcomed the chance to ply their technical skill to help Lomax further develop his Citroen C2 Super 1600 Rallycross car for the forthcoming season.

    Craig Lomax, #24:

    "Having the skills of the guys at Cobra come onboard is just amazing. We spent most of last season down on power and struggled to nail down the reason. Cobra came in and quickly made the changes necessary with the help of our engine builder Steven Gault and they were able to produce the bespoke proven manifold and exhaust system we will be running this year. It feels like a different car and we expect to be pushing at the front in 2019"

    Nick Cockman, Marketing Executive at Cobra Sport:

    Citroen C2 British Rallycross Exhaust Manifold by Cobra Sport"When the opportunity came up to work with Craig and his XtremeRX Motorsport team in the British Rallycross Championship we were delighted to be able to apply our technical expertise and experience to the car. We are excited to be involved in Rallycross and with such an ambitious team as XtremeRX.

    "Working closely with the engine design team, we were able to optimise the exhaust manifold design to significantly improve and enhance the gas flows restoring and enhancing the engine power. The new stainless steel race manifold and exhaust has been built to withstand the demands of the British Rallycross Championship, the new Cobra Sport exhaust system will put the team on the front foot going into the 2019 Championship."

     

    TheToyo Tires Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship consists of eight events taking place across six weekends from March to October. Round one of the 2019 season takes place at Silverstone on the 24th March around a specially built Rallycross course on the Stowe circuit.

     

  • Cobra Sport Acquires Counterpart with NPIF Backing

    Pic: Shaun Flannery
    Pictured L-R Ken Cooper, British Business Bank, Rachel Abbott, Cobra Sport, Pete Sorsby, of Mercia.

    Cobra Sport Exhausts are delighted to announce that they have purchased the assets of a counterpart in Cheshire, supported by a six-figure loan from NPIF - Mercia Debt Finance.

    Cobra Sport has acquired the assets of JP Exhausts in a deal that has secured 16 jobs.

    The acquired business, which manufactures classic, race and prestige exhausts and manifolds, had been facing an uncertain future due to the retirement of the owner John Parker and the untimely death of his son Jim.

    The JP Exhausts name has been retained and manufacturing will continue in Cheshire at new premises in Congleton. The deal is expected to create five jobs in the near future and will allow Cobra Sport to expand into the motorsport market.

    Rachel Abbott, joint managing director of Cobra Sport, said: "We are really pleased to welcome aboard our colleagues from JP Exhausts. Both companies have their origins around 50 years ago and can draw on a wealth of experience in the industry. Joining forces allows us to expand the range of products we offer existing customers and puts us in a stronger position to move forward."

    NPIF - Mercia Debt Finance is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

    Peter Sorsby, investment manager at Mercia Fund Managers, said: "This deal has resulted in a successful outcome for both teams and it has been satisfying to be able to support it. Not only has it has secured the future of JP Exhausts and the jobs of its staff, but it will also allow Cobra Sport to move ahead with its growth plans and strengthen its presence in the motorsport market."

    Ken Cooper, managing director at British Business Bank, added: "It is good to see the Northern Powerhouse Fund being used to support two established and growing businesses in Cobra Sport and JP Exhausts. This new funding will allow the combined company to scale up its operations and address the attractive US market."

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