Machined in our UK factory from solid billet high grade aluminium. Designed and engineered to meet the most demanding conditions worldwide.

Before being able to purchase you will need to configure your Cobra
Your Cobra
  • Cobra Cobra £1,507.00
£1,808.40 inc VAT
£1,507.00 ex VAT
Your Cobra
£1,507.00 Ex VAT

Build Lead Time: 5 to 6 weeks


Std Drum XL Drum
OX Competition Motor (12v) OX Competition Motor (24v)
Albright Motor Solenoid DC88-1012PL(12v) Albright Motor Solenoid DC88-1017PL  (24v) Albright Ultimate motor solenoid DC182P  (12v) Albright Ultimate Motor Solenoid DC182P (24v)
Not Required Pneumatic Toggle Switch Solenoid Valve (12v)

the cobra winch


speeds and power

The Cobra is the ultimate choice when it comes to the best competition single motor electric winch for your vehicle. The RED Winch engineers have designed and developed this high performance single motor electric winch for the 4x4 competition and motorsport markets.
It has been designed with the competition in mind and has many features ideally suited to high performance motorsport events.

RED winches has been supplying Mil Spec winches to the MOD, commercial sectors, motorsport, 4x4 and challenge events for many years and has built an excellent reputation for quality and reliability through our highly engineered innovative products.

All products at RED winches have been through an extensive design and testing program before going on sale (engineered to meet J706 standards). 

The winch body is CNC machined from high grade heat treated aerospace aluminium from solid billets. We only use the best machine tools and machining processes to ensure stress in the material is kept to a minimum and strength to its maximum. With its air free spool and air brake system the Cobra offers control and reliability previously unavailable on a winch to the off-road and motorsport sectors.

Note: Please select from the options / configuration how you would like your winch to be built.


When you order your Cobra it will come with the following:

Cobra winch with anodised RED CNC machined body and air brake system
Solenoid for brake operation built onto the winch during assembly
High efficiency copper busbar assemblies for the motor power connections
Albright heavy duty Ultimate solenoids x 1

OX Motor x 1 (12v or 24v)
Hard Anodised Aluminium fairlead
Plasma Lock
Mounting Bolts
User Manual

As with all our winches, the Cobra winch does not come with a rope, this has to be purchased separately.


Spring pressure applies a steel disc to the brake material when the winch is not in use.
This applies the brake at the motor drive and stops the winch from spooling out.

The brakes work in a way that they only come off or release when a voltage is applied to the motor solenoid signal terminals. When a signal is sent to the winch to operate either forward or reverse that same signal is used to energise the air solenoid that feeds the brake system.

An air solenoids is fitted in-between the motors at the top of the winch. This is fed by an air supply from your truck or remote compressor. Min 5bar (70 PSI) required.

When you winch in or out you energise the signal terminals on the motor Albright solenoids this also energises the air brake solenoid valve. This then allows air to go into a specially designed chamber inside the air brake unit that releases the brake disc instantly.

When you remove your winching finger from the controls the air solenoid dumps the air and the springs apply the brake disc onto the brake pads. We can vary the number of springs in the brake to suit the weight of the vehicle if necessary but so far this has not be needed. More springs equals larger braking force but more abrupt stopping which can cause snatching which we do not recommend for the sake of your rope life.

One nice feature is when you are lowering out you can switch your isolator off to the winch (no power to the motors) and just flick the winch out button on your dash. This still activates the air solenoid and releases the brake and your vehicle only pulls out rope off the drum for the amount of drop your vehicle needs or moves. This means compared to normal winching you do not get overrun or excess rope coming off the drum and out the back of your truck causing snatching and jerking as the vehicle takes up the slack rope that has been spooled out.
We would expect a set of brake pads to last at least a 2 seasons if not 3 seasons due to the material they are made from. This air brake design has been submitted for full patent and is patent pending.


Line pulling power with electrics is in a world of its own as you probably know…and depends heavily on the quality of your electrical setup as described in the electrical section.
As a guide, for the standard Cobra winch you will need this as your electrical setup:

• Twin alternators, one for the vehicle and one for the winching batteries of 200A Min
• Two batteries supplying the winch with enough power, and one battery for the vehicle electrics
• At least 70mm² high quality electrical cable, ideally one 70mm² cable per motor
• Clean electrical joints and if in areas prone to water joints should have conductive grease applied


The drive train and planetary gearbox has been specifically designed for strength, power and ease of service. All gears are manufactured from 655-M13 nickel chromium molybdenum steel and case hardened to give maximum strength (1100 N/mm²) and excellent durability. Straight cut gears provide strength where its most needed.

The end cover is sealed via an O-ring and groove, ensuring a watertight seal. Once the cover is removed access to all gears is possible and only takes 5mins to service / inspect all gears and re-assemble. The gearbox runs in grease not oil making it much easier to service in the field.


(1) Check winch as per the safety instructions
(2) Check winch is situated correctly for the task at hand
(3) Check rope is on drum securely and is not tangled
(4) Check power connection to winch
(5) Ensure Compressor is on and the winch has air pressure to it
(6) Winch is now ready to operate



The winch can release and winch in rope very fast, this is much faster than a normal single motor winch, so please operate with caution when first using the winch.
The compressor supplying the winch will run and vibrate whenever it needs to top-up the air in the system, the winch uses very little air to operate but this compressor could start when the winch is not being operated if the air pressure in the system drops.


The Cobra can give you speeds of 32m/min (104ft/min) for the standard 12v model.

You can also overvolt the winch motor (24v onto 12v Motors), its a very common practice in competition use. We ask you consider this option with caution, as the motor is working much harder than normal and needs to be looked after more than if it was being used in normal operation. The winch must not be operated for long periods (5secs or more) when not under load.

So no load line retrieval you would use short bursts when winching in.
But, many people do overvolt and it works very well for them, it gives the winch incredible power and speed.

As standard, the winch is capable of pulling a minimum of 4,000kg with 12v and the standard gearset.
Under load the speed will drop like all electric winches do, if overvolting the speed and pulling power will remain much higher for longer but please read our notes about overvolting before considering to do it.

It is a compact package, and the Cobra winch can easily get you out of trouble quickly and with minimum effort time and time again. 



A piston in the end of the drive shaft moves a large clutch plate in and out.
This clutch plate locates over 4 drive pins that are mounted into the drum
The clutch plate moves in and out on a splined shaft that is greased.


The electrical power of this winch can be supplied by either our top end ultimate winch motor, the OX motor. The motor is supplied normally as 12v but 24v versions can be selected in the configurator if required.

This copper busbar assembly we use supplies an excellent quality connection to the motors.
Don’t be fooled by thinner copper bars, our extensive testing has shown thinner doesn’t support the demand the motors require from the electrical supply.

The high power Albright solenoid packs are used to switch direction of the motors and to also provide a feed to the air solenoid for the brake system.

Power, speed and stamina of the winch is very much variable due to how your vehicle is setup and the quality of the components used in your electrical system and alternator supplying the winch.
It also depends on the scale of electrical losses or inefficiencies in your wiring system.

The control voltage selection on the motor solenoid / Albright is for the voltage that will be used / applied to the 3 spade terminals on the Albright motor solenoid.
The Albright power terminals on top can transmit 12v & 24v through them as standard.

We test with x2 Odyssey PC1750 batteries, 12V supply and power and negative connections made with 70mm² cable.


Standard Drum:
The Std drum can hold 30m of 11mm plasma or synthetic rope.
The Std drum can hold 25m of 12mm plasma or synthetic rope.

XL Drum:
The XL drum can hold 48m of 11mm plasma or synthetic rope.
The XL drum can hold 36m of 12mm plasma or synthetic rope.

These figures are the maximum amount of rope when precision wound. We always recommend using 15% less rope to allow for line crossing and bunching.

The drive onto the drum is mechanically provided by a solid steel hardened clutch plate. This is a very tough hardened plate that engages via spring pressure and disengages using an air supply (Air Freespool). The clutch plate is driven from the gearbox by a solid steel central shaft. The drive system has been built for strength and durability. When not engaged the ‘free-spool’ of the Cobra drum is only between two roller bearings so it extremely free moving allowing the co-driver to run freely with the rope.

The winch is supplied with a “Plasma Lock” to hold the synthetic rope onto the drum. It’s a proven method and very reliable. It is a nice simple solution to ensure you always have the minimum amount of line wraps on your winch drum. Its robust, cheap and easy to keep spares just in case…..


Winch: 39kg (Without Rope)
Shipping Weight: 43kg (with no rope or accessories)


The Cobra has been designed with both competition use and servicing in mind. A mounting block is provided to interface between the winch and the mounting frame. This reduces the risk of stripping the threads in the winch casing. The free-spool assembly is held in place with machine screws for ease of service. The brake assembly is held on with x4 socket head bolts, allowing full access to the brake pads for service. Brake pads can be changed in 15 minutes.



We are confident to stand behind our products in competition use. All RED Winches are backed with a 2-year mechanical warranty. This covers all mechanical parts.
Wearing parts, bearings, brake pads etc are excluded, as are electrical components, motors and solenoid packs





Machined in our UK factory from solid billet high grade aluminium.

Designed and engineered to meet the most demanding conditions worldwide.


SAFETY - important

This winch is part of a range of winches produced by RED Winches Ltd that are designed for high speed and high power. This winch will pull rope onto its drum quickly and with power. If operated without care and attention this winch could easily damage fingers, hands and in some cases eyesight.

The winch is powered by DC voltage, in most cases 12v, but also 24v systems can be used to power the winch. The current draw on this DC voltage can be high so care and attention must be taken when operating the winch that the electrical power to the motors is not exposed to the operator.
The winch should only be operated by a person who has been authorised to do so or has been trained and responsible to operate it safely.



Ensure all fasteners and connections are adequately connected or secured before using the winch
Maintain the equipment in good condition (use an authorised servicing agent if required)
Replace or repair damaged parts.
Use genuine parts only. Unauthorised parts may be dangerous and will invalidate any warranty.
Use a qualified person to lubricate if required and maintain the equipment.
Before use, ensure all parts are clean and free of contamination / dirt.
DO NOT use solvent cleaners to clean this winch

Use the equipment in a suitable work or operational area, keep winching controls clean and tidy and free from contaminating materials, and ensure that there is adequate lighting while setting and operating the winch.

Keep the winch and winch rope clean for best and safest performance.
The maximum line load is 4000kg.
DO NOT exceed this rated capacity.

When operating remove any ill-fitting clothing. Remove ties, watches, rings and other loose jewellery, and contain long hair.
Maintain correct balance and footing, do not over reach. Ensure the floor / ground is not slippery and wear appropriate footwear.
Before using the winch check that there are no overhead or surrounding obstructions.
The speed during operation must be kept steady and constant.

DO NOT generate sudden movements or shock loads.
DO NOT use the winch for a task it is not designed to perform.
DO NOT use the equipment if damaged.
DO NOT exceed the rated capacity of the equipment.
DO NOT use the equipment when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or intoxicating medication.
DO NOT allow untrained persons to use the equipment unsupervised
DO NOT attempt to transport a load outside JLR designated safe load / unload areas.
DO NOT make any modifications to the equipment

DO NOT operate the winch and handle the synthetic rope without approved
winching gloves and appropriate PSE