Ryo Miyaki - Robnell Cobra
The Robnell is an Australian Cobra
manufacturer. It's the first Robnell to be created with
left-hand drive. It's also the first Export Spec Robnell. I
believe it's also the only Robnell in the United States.
This particular Robnell was also flown into the United
States within the belly of a 747.
When I was looking for a cobra, I ran
across the Robnell. The primary reason I have a Robnell is
because it's probably one of the safer cobras on the road.
From a safety point of view, it does pass the Australian DOT
requirements. It has side impact beams. The body is made of
Kevlar, lending it allot of strength. The suspension is very
modern in design with sway bars front and rear. The ride is
particularly nice. My particular Robnell is installed with a
Bosch Anti-lock brake system made specifically for Robnell.
Traction control is also available if you go the Motec fuel
injection route. I personally wanted a carburated motor to
simplify on the electronics for my first cobra. When I was
discussing rollbars with my wife, we decided on a full-width
rollbar. It's hard to explain to your significant other that
one head is more important than the other. A third brake
light was also standard equipment. It could have been
deleted, but when dealing with such a small car and my
history of being rear ended, I figure it couldn't hurt. On
the side pipes, stainless heat shields were added that run
the full length of the cobra. It's funny what's come into
your head when you have children. The interior is
traditional except for the door handle, glove box, placement
of the emergency brake, head rests, seats on rails, and
ashtray. I'm kidding about the ashtray.
Allot of Cobra purists would take
exceptions to some of my additions. If I was 10 years
younger, it would be as close to the original as it can be,
but with time your priority changes. I consider myself very
lucky to have a Cobra, and family that understands my