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  • Cobra Sport Unleash the Potential of the Mercedes-AMG A 45

    Mercedes-AMG A45 Cobra Sport ExhaustThe latest vehicle to pass through the Cobra Sport exhaust development process is the stunning Mercedes-AMG A 45. Concentrating on the restrictive front end, Cobra Sport have created a high flow de-cat downpipe in 3.5” (88.9mm) pipework for optimum gas flow.

    Power testing with the Cobra Sport downpipe fitted revealed a +5bhp increase in power over standard, the downpipe has however been designed for fitment in conjunction with an engine remap. With the software applied, the development car returned a huge increase in power and torque completely changing the power dynamics of the car. Max power increased by a +60bhp to 425bhp. Torque increased by a colossal +137 lb-ft up to a staggering 504 lb-ft at 3160rpm, the power increases create a dramatic change in driver experience after the remap was applied.

    Cobra Sport De-Cat Downpipe Mercedes-AMG A 45Both Cobra Sport’s Technical and R&D teams were involved in the planning and preparation that went into designing the new downpipe. Cobra Sport have been able to reduce the weight of the part by 54% with the downpipe weighing in at just 3.45kg. Manufactured from aircraft grade 304 Stainless Steel, advanced manufacturing techniques and superior TIG welding procedures produce a superlative finish.

    Matt Thomas, Sales Manager at Cobra Sport says “The upgraded sporty tone created by the Cobra Sport downpipe matched with an ultra aggressive gear change sound put the already impressive AMG A 45 on a whole new level. The incredible power increases obtained from the stage 2 re-map speak for themselves, all made possible by the exhaust technology in the Cobra Sport downpipe.”

    Find out more information on our product page > Mercedes-AMG A 45 Cobra Exhaust

  • AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts show pace at Thruxton

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts SSFT at ThruxtonThe AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team maintained its encouraging start to the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Thruxton, despite seeing a run of points scoring finishes brought to an end. The West Thurrock-based team went into the third meeting of the year looking to add to its tally after drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales both brought home top 15 finishes last time out at Donington Park.

    The close nature of the field was reflected in the qualifying times, with Ollie posting a best time just 1.2secs away from pole but that left down in 25th place on the grid for race one.

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhaust Thruxton BTCC Grid 2017A strong and consistent run when the lights went out would see him work his forwards to 18th place by the finish, and he then climbed up to 15th in the early stages of race two before an accident at Church forced officials to bring out the red flags.

    Just six laps of the restarted race would be possible before an another incident saw the red flags fly again, with Ollie finishing just shy of the points in 16th spot.

    It would be a similar story in race three, with Ollie running on the fringes of the points throughout before taking the flag in 17th place; his battled-scarred Audi showing afterwards how frenetic battle had been on track.

    "It’s disappointing that we didn’t manage to score any points this weekend, but it was unbelievably tight on track,” he said. “Thruxton is a bit of a bogey circuit for me, but we were right in amongst it and with a bit more luck, we could easily have come away from the weekend with a decent result to our name and been celebrating more points on the board."

    Team-mate Ant made an impressive start to the weekend when he broke into the top 20 in qualifying; setting the second fastest time of all through the final sector of the lap en-route to 19th place on the grid.

    The Lichfield racer wouldn’t be able to build on that in the opening race however when he was forced wide onto the grass at Noble early on, which resulted in him being forced to pit to allow the team to remove debris from the front of the car.

    Rejoining just ahead of the leaders, Ant showed the pace in the Audi by staying ahead for much of the race but would ultimately end up a lap down in 30th place.

    The shortened second race would see Ant take the chequered flag in 24th place but battling a mystery electrical problem that the team would then work hard to resolve in time for race three.

    Ant Whorton-Eales Ollie Jackson AmDTuning Autographs Thruxton BTCC 2017Unfortunately for the reigning Clio Cup UK champion, time proved to be against the team and he was forced to take a watching brief and sit out the final race of the weekend.

    “It’s been an up and down weekend and obviously it’s disappointing to have picked up the electrical problem that forced us to miss race three,” he said. “We thought we’d managed to find the issue after race two but sadly it wasn’t the case and it prevented us from trying to push forwards towards the top 20.

    “It’s a shame that we couldn’t show what we were capable of in terms of the end results, as the pace in the car was clear to see from qualifying and then in the way I was able to run with the leaders without a problem in race one – particularly when you consider it was my first time here in a BTCC car.

    “These things happen though, and we’ll come out fighting to score more points next time out.”

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhaust Pit Garage - Thruxton BTCC 2017Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted it was unfortunate for the team not to add to its points tally, but insisted there were still positives to take away from the weekend.

    “We hoped to maintain our run of points this weekend but sadly it wasn’t to be,” he said. “Ant’s performance in qualifying was encouraging and put him in a good position for race day, and it was unfortunate that we couldn’t build on that in race one.

    “Had he not been forced off track then we could easily have scored in that race, and it’s a shame that the electrical gremlins then affected his car in race two and prevented him starting race three. I have to thank the team, and also the guys from Swindon Engines, for their efforts ahead of race three, but time was just against us.

    “The fact that Ollie came so close to points in all three races showed we had a strong race car, but it’s the field is so close this season that it isn’t easy to fight through the pack. A few tenths of a second in qualifying would have put him right up with Ant on the grid and I’m sure he’d have been able to then add to his tally.

    “Having seen the pace of the car again in race trim, it’s clear to see what we need to work on our one lap pace so that both drivers can try and qualify higher up the grid when we get to Oulton Park and challenge for more points.”

    BTCC Thruxton 2017 Audi S3 Cobra Exhausts

    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography & Car Scene UK

  • Available Now - Toyota GT86 / Subaru BRZ 4-1 De-Cat Manifold

    Cobra Sport Toyota GT86 Manifold FittedCobra Sport have worked hard to secure a first class reputation amongst GT86 owners and tuners both in the UK and worldwide. Building upon this success, Cobra Sport are pleased to announce the launch of their latest development for the GT86, consisting of a unequal length 4-1 de-cat manifold.

    The de-cat manifold has been designed with optimised lightweight pipe lengths and angles. This precision engineering improves gas flow efficiency by removing the catalyst at the most important part of the system for overall performance improvements. This improvement in flow dramatically reduces the effects of torque dip experienced by many GT86 owners and is optimized for further maximum power increases through engine tuning.

     

    The Cobra Sport manifold removes the restrictive first catalyst. During testing, the GT86 passed the MOT emissions test with the Cobra Sport manifold fitted as long as either the standard cat or Cobra Sport high flow catalyst is in place. The Cobra Sport GT86 manifold produces a deeper more aggressive exhaust tone. The acoustics of the de-cat manifold have been finely tuned to complement the tone of the extended Cobra Sport range for the GT86 offering the ultimate upgrade in terms of possible power increase and pitch perfect exhaust tone.

     

    Find out more on our product pages > Cobra Sport GT86 Exhaust Systems | Cobra Sport Subaru BRZ Exhaust Systems

    The new manifold forms part of the extensive Cobra Sport exhaust range for the Toyota GT86:

     GT86 / BRZ Exhaust Components;  Bore Size
     4-1 De-Cat Manifold Header  1.65”/42mm – 2.25”/57mm
     Overpipe  2.5”/63.5mm
     De-Cat Pipe  2.5”/63.5mm
     High Flow Catalyst  2.5”/63.5mm
     Cat Back Exhaust – Resonated  2.5”/63.5mm
     Cat Back Exhaust – Non Resonated  2.5”/63.5mm
  • Japfest 2017 At Silverstone

    Japfest 2016 LogoCobra Sport moved into the 2017 show season with a hugely successful weekend at Japfest, europe’s largest Japanese tuning show. Silverstone is the perfect venue for the show with the space to accommodate the expanse of car clubs and tuning companies in attendance. The show features a display of over 3500 Japanese cars from the many car clubs from across the UK and Europe along with competitive drifting and high speed track action.

    Cobra Sport at Japfest 2017On the bustling Cobra Sport stand were the Honda Civic Type R (FK2) and Mazda MX5 RF (ND) display cars. The Civic Type R brought in the crowds during the hourly sound demonstrations with the non resonated cat back exhaust system providing a pitch perfect soundtrack to the trade area of the show. The Cobra Sport 3” non resonated cat back exhaust system has been a hit with FK2 owners looking for an exhaust upgrade. We also had our 4" Civic Type R De-Cat on display stands which generated many enquiries from FK2 owner looking for further sound improvements and power upgrade possibilities.

    The Japfest show was also the first public display of our the newly developed performance exhaust systems for the Mazda MX5 (ND). The new systems are due to be released in June and will be available in a choice of configurations including a dual and centre exit option to completely change the appearance of the MX5. The dual exit system displayed at the show proved to be triumph with MX5 owners who commented on the transformation of the aesthetics of the car and the way the new system perfectly balanced the existing design features. The Cobra Sport exhaust fitted to the car at the show was the non resonated dual exit exhaust system with second de-cat option.

    Now in its second year, the Cobra Sport clothing range again proved to be popular with enthusiasts, many Cobra Sport hoodies and caps could be seen around the show. All of our merchandise is available to purchase online and at all of our events this summer > Cobra Sport Clothing

  • Fabrication and Welding Apprentice of the Year Nomination

    Tommy Grocock & Steve Firth at the AMRC Awards EveningCobra Sport apprentice Tommy Grocock has been nominated for the prestigious ARMC 'Fabrication and Welding Apprentice of the Year Award' sponsored by Sheffield International Venues. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of apprentices currently training at the AMRC Training Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sheffield.

    Sponsored by Boeing, the Apprentice of the Year award is based upon nominations by apprentice employers along with course trainers based at the AMRC. The awards are judged by a panel consisting of award sponsors and Training Centre staff .

    Competing against 700 current AMRC apprentices, Tommy made the final shortlist of 4 in the Fabrication and Welding category thanks to his work ethic, continuous development of manufacturing skills and exceptional contribution to the course and here at Cobra Sport Exhausts.

    Steve Firth, Production Manager at Cobra Sport paid tribute to nominees and commented on the success of the awards evening.

    “It was a fantastic evening and it was a pleasure to be in the company of such a bunch of dedicated and talented young people. Whilst there had to be individual category winners, they were all winners simply for being nominees for the awards. Witnessing such a high calibre of Apprentice gives you confidence to say that the future of British manufacturing is in good hands”.

    During the judging process, Tommy explained his role at Cobra Sport Exhaust to the panel along with his aspirations for the future.

    "My day-to-day activities are working within a manufacturing cell, building and fabricating stainless steel performance exhaust systems to specification using the TIG welding process.

    "Some of my highlights at the Training Centre are meeting new people, forming new friendships and learning new skills in a modern facility, which will allow me to achieve my aspirational goals in becoming a fully competent welder fabricator.

    "My career aspirations are to complete my apprenticeship at Training Centre and become the best that I can be as a time served welder fabricator. Challenging myself with complex fabrications and becoming a valuable asset to my employer."

  • AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts show potential in British GT opener

    The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team showed glimpses of its potential as the new British GT Championship campaign burst into life at Oulton Park.

    The Easter Weekend event marked the start of a new era for the West Thurrock-based outfit, with the Cheshire circuit playing host to the team’s first race with its all new Mercedes-AMG GT3.

    The weekend started well in the opening practice session with Ryan Ratcliffe posting the fifth quickest time in damp conditions, although the team was prevented from running through its planned programme by an accident involving two GT4 cars that led to the session being halted just before the halfway stage.

    It meant team-mate Lee Mowle had to wait until the second session to get his turn behind the wheel, with the two drivers lapping within half a second of each other en-route to the eighth best time.

    With two one hour races during the opening meeting of the season, each driver took to the track for their own qualifying session, with Lee out first to determine the starting position for race one.

    However, Lee was unable to show his true pace when contact at the final corner after the Aston Martin of Derek Johnston turned in on him damaged both the suspension and steering on the car.

    Having not yet had time to post a timed lap before the clash, Lee was left ninth on the grid for race one, with Ryan forced to soldier on with the damaged car for his qualifying session en-route to the tenth best time for race two.

    With repairs carried out for Monday’s opening race, Lee took his place behind the wheel for the first stint and produced a strong start to immediately fight his way to sixth before getting ahead of the Ginetta of Harry Gottsacker with an impressive move on lap eight.

    Sadly his charge up the order would end on lap ten when he went off into the barriers on the run to Shell Oils. Although he was able to rejoin, the incident would drop the damaged car well down the order, with Lee starting a recovery drive that Ryan would then continue during his stint to bring the car to the flag in tenth spot.

    Repairs to the car were completed just minutes before the start of race two, with both drivers lapping quickly and consistently to reward the team with a seventh place finish in a race that was halted early after an accident at Hilltop; one that Lee was fortunate to avoid being caught up in.

    Following the fight against the clock to repair the car, AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts picked up the PMW Expo Team of the Weekend Award, whilst Lee and Ryan end the weekend eighth in the championship standings.

    Quotes:

    Lee Mowle:

    “Oulton Park is a circuit where it isn’t easy to overtake in a GT3 car, so the incident in qualifying really put us on the back foot. It was a real shame as we hadn’t had chance to put a banker lap in, and based on practice, I think we could easily have ended up in the top four on the grid for race one, and Ryan would also have had us higher up the grid for race two.

    “In the opening race, the car felt absolutely mega and a world away from the BMW we raced last year. It was hard work making my way through the field, but we got up to P5 and then I just carried a little too much speed into Island Bend and got slightly wide onto the wet part of the circuit.

    “Once I then hit the grass, I was a passenger and it seemed an age until we hit the barriers. It was a big hit and did a lot of bodywork damage, so it was a case from there of us just bringing the car to the finish.

    “Although the results aren’t what we hoped for, there’s no doubt that we had could have come away from the weekend with a podium. The car handled superbly and provided loads of confidence behind the wheel; things just conspired against us. While it’s a case of what might have been from Oulton Park, the two hour race at Rockingham should suit us and we’re looking forward to a strong weekend there.”

    Shaun Hollamby – team boss:

    “There are a lot of positives to take away from the weekend, even considering that the end results weren’t what we hoped for. Both Lee and Ryan showed solid pace behind the wheel and I think that there was clearly the potential to run higher up the field in the races had it not been for the incident in qualifying.

    “That was always going to make it tough for race day but we showed what the Mercedes can do in the early stages of race one before Lee was caught out by the damp conditions. From there, we showed our battling qualities to not only get a finish from the race, but to get the car repaired and back out for race two.

    “The longer race at Rockingham next time out is one that should suit the Mercedes, and we’re confident that Lee and Ryan will be firmly in the mix for a strong result.”

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