International Press Release) Marking a historical
achievement in the evolution of automobile manufacturing in Thailand
and the advancement of lightweight composite material manufacturing,
Cobra International Co., Ltd. and Kevin Gallahan, today announced
the start of production of the Cobra Limited Edition, Arbitrage GT.
A lightweight component sports car made almost entirely of carbon
Co., Ltd, is the world's largest manufacturer of quality
and surfboards and also a manufacturer of composite components,
car and motorcycle parts to carbon fiber windmill blades,
propellers, and sporting
equipment. Cobra International Co., Ltd also produces a series
of carbon fiber
sailboats, powerboats and yachts.
Kevin Gallahan is a
Automobile Stylist from America and founder of the Arbitrage
Cobra joins forces with a Racing
Alan Mertens, lead
Engineer of the Arbitrage GT project, has been contracted to ensure
the car meets the demands of the sports car enthusiast. Alan Mertens,
born in the UK, began his career in British Aerospace and began
racing in Formula Ford in 1970. In 1976, Alan Merten’s left the
Aerospace industry to join March Engineering, at the time, one of
the world’s largest manufacturers of racing cars. Alan Mertens as
Chief Engineer for March, led a highly successful Indy Car design
and manufacturing team. In the 1990’s with his own Company, Galmer
Engineering, Alan Mertens provided a fully
operational research and development facility for an American Indy
Car team, Galles Kraco, which won the PPG Indy Car World
Championship title. In 1992 Galmer and Alan Mertens, designed and
built the G92. Among other races, the team won the prestigious USA
Indianapolis 500 with Al Unser Jr. and Danny Sullivan as drivers.
Alan Mertens was awarded the Society of Automobile Engineers
“Schwitzer Award” in recognition of “ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE IN
INNOVATION IN RACE CAR DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT” for his work on the
Indy 500 winning Galmer G92. With March Engineering and Galmer
Engineering, Alan Mertens has been responsible for 74 Indy Car wins,
including 6 at the USA Indianapolis 500.
Commitment to Quality
Cobra International is
committed to quality excellence for the Arbitrage GT. The car will
be built with the customer in mind; from comfort, to ease of
servicing, and safety. The carbon fiber monocoque chassis
construction is world-renowned in racing for the extreme protection
given to the persons inside the car. Carbon fiber is up to 10 times
stronger than steel and the monocoque encapsulates the occupants.
Whether you are a buyer of the complete Arbitrage GT, or the
unassembled component kit-car version, Cobra is determined to make
the experience of owning a Arbitrage GT an enjoyable one.
Personalized customer service throughout the manufacturing process
and a “build diary” for each of car produced, the 350 Limited
Edition, Arbitrage GT’s are destined to be a historical collector
Purity, Technology, and
Performance in One Package.
The Arbitrage GT will
have the ultimate in racing car design, tested by the most
sophisticated computer programs such as CFD, Computational Fluid
Dynamics, and will have endless weeks of road and track testing
before its release to the public. Not ignored will be the passenger
comfort and convenience options such as multimedia and navigation
systems, the latest in air-conditioning and heating technology,
quality imported leather, carbon ceramic brakes, and the latest in
digital instrumentation and engine management.
Cobra Teams Up With HPA
Motorsports from Canada.
HPA Motorsports Inc. of
Vancouver Canada, world-renowned experts in VW 6 cylinder tuning,
will be building high output motors for the Arbitrage GT. As the
leading authority on upgrading the 3.2L narrow angled VW/Audi
drivetrain, HPA provides the basis for unlimited performance
potential via optional naturally aspirated, single turbo, or dual
turbo charged configurations. HPA is a Industry leader in
performance and reliability, capturing the attention of media and
manufacturers alike. With vehicles tested in Motor Trend Magazine,
Car and Driver Magazine, and other distinguished publications, and
the induction into the Sony GT4 video game franchise, the notoriety
of HPA’s reputation adds yet another element of excitement to the
project. Their recent collaboration with Volkswagen for the R-GT
project cars that debuted at SEMA 2005, solidified their status as
the premier authority on V6 performance drivetrains, and instills
confidence of OEM quality. Best known for catapulting their 3500lb.
VW R32 Golf from 0-60 mph in only 3.2 seconds, HPA’s involvement
with this limited production vehicle will be sure to launch it into
Super Car notoriety.
The Cobra Limited Edition
Arbitrage GT, truly an “Arbitrage”.
Although the final price
has not yet been released, Kevin Gallahan will only comment, “what
the customer will receive for the money, compared to other
manufacturers outside of Thailand, especially those using advance
lightweight composite parts, will be without comparison.” He goes on
to add, “in many ways, the advancement of technology and
efficiencies in Thailand have surpassed those from the USA, Japan,
EU, and the UK.” Most importantly for Cobra International,
lightweight composite parts are the future of automobile
manufacturing as the world fuel situation drives the demand for more
Hybrid car production.