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  • Ford Fair 2018 at Silverstone

    Ford Fair LogoThe Cobra Team attended the massive Ford Fair show yesterday held at the Silverstone Circuit. The bright and hot day was filled with fast and exotic Fords for everyone to see which as expected attracted a lot of Ford car enthusiasts from all over the United Kingdom and Europe. Silverstone Circuit is the perfect venue for the show due to its size, it's well organised layout and of course the incredible racetrack offering track time to those brave enough to take on the Silverstone National Circuit.

    During the event we had three beautiful Fords on our stand showing off their head turning exhaust pitch for the public to witness and enjoy. All three cars where definitely crowd pleasers but, the car which took the spotlight was the Bright Blue Ford Focus RS Mk3 with the combination of its turbo enhanced 2.3 Litre engine and our Venom Cat-Back Exhaust with adjustable valve, it drew a lot of attention and could be heard from a distance during the live sound demonstrations.

    A slightly more subtle car but definitely not shy was the Ford Focus ST with a 2.0 Litre Turbo engine fitted with our De-Cat Non Resonated Turbo Back Exhaust. Although not as loud as its RS edition counterpart, the Cobra exhaust produces a pitch perfect tone under load whilst remain discrete when the rev counter is low.

    Lastly the smallest car of the group but not the quietest was the 1.6 Turbo Ford Fiesta ST 180 in a unique but stunning molten orange. The gorgeous tone and rumble coming from the Fiesta was courtesy of the Cobra Sport De-Cat Non Resonated Turbo Back exhaust; making fierce crackle and bangs that screamed for the attention it deserves.

  • Available Now - Subaru WRX STI 2014> Performance Exhausts

    Cobra Sport performance exhausts enhance the sound, looks and quality of your vehicle giving you the ultimate driving experience. Our sports exhausts range is fully guaranteed to give you assurance of the Cobra Sport manufacturing quality.

    We were keen to complete our exhaust range for the Subaru Impreza having built up an unrivalled reputation for manufacturing quality and performance with Subaru tuners within the UK and Worldwide. When the FE400 final edition model was announced we quickly sourced a vehicle to develop a group of exhaust systems to complete our expansive Subaru exhaust range which are now available in a number of configurations to cover all buyer needs and requirements.

     

    Improving and unleashing the trademark Subaru boxer engine sounds was high on the priority list during development along with improving the gas flows. The decision was made to base our development for the final Subaru WRX STI on large bore 3"/76.2mm pipework (a significant increase over standard) for increased gas flow opening up the opportunities for power gains for our worldwide tuning partners.

    Weight saving was also high on the priority list and we were able to save 4kg (15%) on the overall system weight for the non resonated turbo back exhaust with sports cat even with the much larger bore size of the Cobra Sport exhaust.

    The new Cobra Sport performance exhaust systems for the Subaru WRX STI offer the best of both worlds producing a deeper exhaust tone than standard which becomes highly aggressive and communicative when under full load completely overhauling the driving experience.

    Cobra Sport’s Sales Manager, Matt Thomas, explains "It's sad to see a final edition Subaru WRX STI having spent so many years developing and tuning these stunning vehicles. We're confident that we have done the WRX proud with our final product release for the Impreza range giving the car the trademark Cobra Sport sound upgrade to make the most of the unique raw sound of the boxer engine. The resonated turbo back exhaust with sports cat proved to be a popular upgrade during testing recording 97.1dB on the static 4,000 which is +16dB over the smaller bore standard exhaust system".

    View the full range on our products page here > Cobra Sport Subaru WRX STI Performance Exhausts

     

  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts secures Diamond Double points at Snetterton

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team was able to bring home a well-earned points finish in the special Diamond Double race as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season resumed at Snetterton.

    The team headed for the Norfolk circuit keen to challenge for points on the back of a solid test earlier in the month, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt both confident about their chances.

    Tamworth-based Ollie qualified in a solid 22nd place on the grid for the opening race of the weekend with a best time just 1.2secs away from pole, whilst he would then secure 19th on the grid for the extended Diamond Double race in a second qualifying session held later on Saturday afternoon.

    Wet weather arrived for Sunday morning and the opening race would end in disappointment for Ollie when he was caught up in an incident at the start that forced him to retire and left his Audi S3 at the back of the grid for race two.

    In changeable conditions, Ollie would again see his race ended early when he got caught out on the damp circuit and made contact with the Honda of Matt Neal, with the team being left to repair the damage to his car in time for the extended final race, which awarded double points.

    Fighting his way forwards into the points by the fifth lap, Ollie continued to make progress up the order and found himself in tenth place in the closing laps.

    Contact at the final corner would ultimately see him miss out on a well deserved top ten in a drag race to the line, with his Audi eventually classified in eleventh spot after rival Senna Proctor was penalised for the last lap contact.

    Northampton-based team-mate Sam qualified in 29th place on the grid for the opening race of the weekend, which saw him cross the line in 22nd spot in the challenging wet conditions.

    A 20th place finish followed in the second race of the weekend before the extended Diamond Double race saw Sam produce by far his best drive of the season.

    Showing quick and consistent pace from the moment the lights went out, Sam fought his way forwards into the points scoring positions for the first time before taking the flag in 18th spot – just missing out on opening his BTCC account.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:
    “It’s been a really mixed weekend and races one and two are probably best forgotten. There was nothing I could do in the first race with the incident off the line and then in race two, I hold my hands up that I got caught out by the conditions and apologised to Matt for the contact.

    “The team did a mega job to get the car out for the final race and even though we didn’t have time to get the set-up right for the conditions, the car felt great. We showed really good pace from the start and it’s a shame that we missed out on a top ten finish because of contact on the final lap.

    “Overall, it’s been a tough day for us but to come away from the Diamond Double race with such a strong showing is good consolation at the end of it.”

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:
    “I’m happy that I’ve ended the weekend with a strong showing in the Diamond Double race but at the same time, I’m gutted to come so close to the points and then miss out. One small mistake cost me a load of places but I have to just live and learn from it.

    “After a difficult race one, we showed good pace as race two went on and throughout the final race we were consistently strong which is a big positive for me. The longer race really suited me and hopefully I can build on my performance in that one in the races that are to come.”

    Shaun Hollamby, AmD with Cobra Exhausts team principal, said:
    “It’s been a tough day for the Audis but it was great to see both Ollie and Sam put on such a strong showing in the final race of the weekend. Ollie was unfortunate in the first two races but the way he fought back in race three was really good and he should have been able to celebrate a top ten finish.

    “For Sam, the final race was also really good and the longer race really suited him. His lap times were consistent throughout and it was unfortunate that he wasn’t able to break into the points because his performance certainly deserved some.”

     

  • VAG Tuner Live 2018 at Donington Park

    VAGTunerLive_LogoCobra Sport attended the popular VAG Tuner Live Car Show at Donington Park on the 8th of July.  VAG Tuner Live has built a reputation as the UK's top performance event for VAG vehicles, displaying over 1000 high performance cars filling out every corner of the Donington paddock making it a fantastic day out for anyone to enjoy.

    On the Cobra Sport stand were a trio of high performance Audi & VW vehicles all fitted with Cobra Exhausts. We had a beautiful VW Golf R MK7 fitted with our non resonated cat back performance exhaust alongside a unique R400 bodykit. Also on the stand we had a stunning grey VW Golf GTi MK7  fitted with our hugely popular non resonated cat back exhaust and finished with smart Ceramic Black tailpipes. Lastly the eye catching white Audi S3 on the stand turned some heads, especially with the de-cat turbo back Cobra Sport making a fierce noise during the sound demonstrations.

    Alongside the cars on the stand we proudly displayed one of the two current mathcing AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 BTCC cars in our pit garage area. The Audi competes in the British Touring Car Championship at the highest level of UK motorsport and was by far the fastest car on track. Racing driver Ollie Jackson provided thrilling BTCC passenger rides to our competition winners and VIP's in an experience unrivalled at the show. The VAG Tuner show is unique with open pit track sessions throughout the day allowing visitors to the show to take a close look at the motorsport engineering close up in the pits but also see the BTCC car in action on the undulating Donington Park national circuit.

    Cobra Sport Sales Executive Nathaniel Shaw commented, “It has been great to be part of the Cobra Team on an eventful and action-packed day at VAG Tuner 2018. The show has been a great success and it was great to be able to speak to so many prospective and current Cobra Sport exhaust owners”.

  • Available Now - BMW 320D (F30 & F31) 2011-2015

    BMW 320D F30 & F31 Dual Exit Cobra Sport ExhaustCobra Sport has added the BMW 320D to their ever popular range of dual exit exhaust conversions with the launch of a BMW 340i style dual exit exhaust system.

    Designed to fit the 2011-2015 Saloon and Tourer models with the N47N Engine, this exhaust system fits neatly with the M-Sport rear bumper and the 340i M-Sport dual exit lower rear panel (available separately). Once fitted, the new Cobra Sport 320D exhaust system and replacement body panels look entirely at home on the car.

    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 340i’s dual exit exhaust on the more economical diesel model, our dual exit exhaust conversion allows them to achieve the look with this fantastic cosmetic upgrade”.

    BMW 320D Dual Exit Exhaust by Cobra SportThis exhaust will only fit with the M-Sport rear bumper and 340i M-Sport lower rear panel which is available from your local BMW dealer (Part No. - B51.12.8.054.501).

    The new dual exit exhaust for the 320D is finished with a choice of round 3.5” (88.9mm) highly polished T304 stainless steel tailpipes which further enhance the appearance the car and perfectly match the styling of the popular BMW M-Sport models.

    Find our more on our product listings > BMW 320D Dual Exit Exhaust Conversions

  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts adds more points at Croft

    BTCC Croft 2018 Audi S3 AmD Cobra SportThe AmD with Cobra Exhausts picked up more points as the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season reached the half way stage at Croft.

    The team made the trip to North Yorkshire seeking to build on a strong weekend at Oulton Park, with the Audi S3 having been right on the pace in the corresponding meeting twelve months ago.

    Having shown good pace through free practice, Tamworth-racer Ollie Jackson led the team’s challenge in qualifying with the 16th best time, which left him well placed to push for points in the opening race of the weekend.

    Moving up to 14th spot on the opening lap and avoiding a clash ahead at turn one, Ollie ran inside the top 15 throughout to add two points to his championship tally.

    More points looked possible after a strong start to race two saw Ollie running just outside the top ten, but he was then forced to pit when debris thrown up by a car ahead blocked the air intake on the front of the car.

    Whilst he was able to rejoin, he was well down the order and could only finish 25th, with the final race of the weekend seeing him restricted to 22nd on the slower hard compound tyre.

    Team-mate Sam Smelt was racing at Croft for the first time, with the Northampton-based driver qualifying in 32nd spot – his preparations for the session being hampered by a fuel pump issue that cost him valuable time in practice. 

    The rookie would pick up a 25th place finish in the opening race of the weekend and then went one better in race two as he battled with the rear of the midfield pack.

     His weekend would draw to a close with a 26th place finish in race three as he achieved his aim of three finishes to gain further vital knowledge to carry into the second half of the year.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “We showed some really good pace this weekend and I certainly think we deserved better. The car was mega in qualifying and if it hadn’t been for a fuel surge costing us a few tenths or a second, we might have actually broken into the top ten.

    “We were able to learn a few lessons with the set-up on Sunday, but really the day was spoiled with the bad luck of flying debris landing over the air intake, which forced me to pit and cost us a good finish in race two.

    “Without that, we could easily have been walking away from Croft and going into the summer break with a couple of top tens instead of a couple of points. Still, we’re now establishing ourselves as a team that is capable of consistently threatening the top ten, so I think we can look forward to a strong second half of the year.” 

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “We had a couple of issues in practice which cost me vital time on track to learn the circuit considering I have never been to Croft before. It made it tough going into qualifying and it was all about trying to make progress from there in the races. 

    “It was difficult to try and come through the field but in race three, the car was the best it has been and we made a good step forwards; I was just out of position to make the most of the pace we had. But considering the amount of laps I’ve done around Croft, it was a positive weekend.

    “I’m really looking forward now to going to Snetterton after the summer break as it is the circuit where I have done the most lasts in the car and I’m hoping to push towards the points.” 

    Shaun Hollamby, AmD with Cobra Exhausts team principal, said:

    “It’s been a good weekend for both Ollie and Sam. We knew coming here that the car should be strong and Ollie showed that with the way in which he drove in the qualifying and the opening race. It was just unfortunate with what happened in race two as it robbed him of the chance to more points. 

    “Sam also did a good job considering it was his first time at the circuit and he improved his performance throughout the weekend to be in a position where he was showing genuine pace in the final race.

    “So far this season we have made good progress with the Audi and I think we can be confident about the second half of the year.”

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