Steeda and Rehagen Racing Team Up to Win

For the 2014 NASA Race Season, Steeda drivers Robin Burnett and Anders Sjoblom have teamed up Rehagan Racing in an all out effort to win the East Coast American Iron NASA Championships at Road Atlanta. The partnership of Steeda and Rehagen Racing is a natural because it puts together the two top racing organizations and leverages the strengths of each – the end result is a winning formula for success.

So far this season, the race partnership has had tremendous success that started with the season opening race at the famed Mid Ohio race-course in April. When the checkered flag dropped, the duo took the top two podium honors in both races of the weekend with Robin Burnett in his Grabber Blue Steeda taking both wins and Anders Sjoblom shadowing his every move by finishing a very close second in each race and also setting the fastest lap time of the entire weekend.

Robin Burnett Steeda Mustang

The next test was the long haul down to Atlanta for the NASA Southeast “June Jam” where the Steeda/Rehagen Racing Mustangs of Sjoblom and Burnett once again locked out the front row in qualifying by having the two fastest qualifying times against all other competitors. When the green flag dropped, Anders Sjoblom led the race from flag-to-flag with Robin Burnett in close hot pursuit. At the checkered flag, it was another repeat victory for the team with Anders proudly on top of the podium!

Anders Sjoblom Steeda Mustang

There was more on track action at a local “3 Ball Racing” charity event at Waterford Hill Raceway in Metro Detroit. At this charity event to benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Robin was able to take charity donors for some “spirited” rides around the track showing off his Steeda /Rehagen Racing Mustang and his superior car control skills – and very effectively raising additional funds for a well deserving charity.

The Steeda/Rehagen Team has one more event in Atlanta prior to the Championship runoffs in late August – you can surely bet that the team will be ready to continue their winning ways!

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4th of July Message from Steeda Autosports

Oftentimes we may forget the real meaning of the 4th of July Holiday, hence it is very important that at this time we focus on the American spirit and the people that defend it, because it is what separates us from the rest of the world. As President Ronald Reagan once stated: “…putting people first has always been America’s secret weapon. It’s the way we’ve kept the spirit of our revolution alive—a spirit that drives us to dream and dare, and take great risks for a greater good. It’s the spirit of Fulton, the Wright brothers and Lindbergh, and of all our astronauts. It’s the spirit of Joe Louis, Babe Ruth, and a million others who may have been born poor, but who would not be denied their day in the Sun”.

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Special thanks should be provided this and every day to the defenders of our liberty – the men and women of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and other public servants, as they make great sacrifices to ensure that our freedom and liberties are protected from compromise and are never taken away from us. We are all indebted to them for their countless sacrifices and endless dedication they provide.

There is so much to celebrate this holiday weekend – so together let’s reflect, be thankful, and enjoy some quality relaxing time with our loved ones and most importantly – have some fun!

Steeda supports and employs American workers and Veterans.

All the Best,
From The Entire Steeda Staff

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Steeda Takes 1st Place at SCCA Enduro Championship Race

The SCCA race action at the Homestead-Miami Speedway this past weekend was hot, with blistering near 100 degree conditions on the track and over 120 degree conditions in the race car, and the race results were even hotter when the #20 Steeda prepared Mustang not only captured both pole positions but also finished in first place beating all other cars including various built Porsche, BMW, Corvette race cars and purpose built race cars.

Using approximately half of the famed Homestead-Miami oval and all of the infield road course, the circuit was a challenging one that incorporated high speed areas where speeds exceeded 150 mph and slower hairpin turns where you were forced to slow to a crawl to negotiate a 180° tight hairpin turns. In order to win at this circuit, a properly prepared car needed to be able to have the power and stability for high speeds, and also the cornering ability to stay tight in the turns and out-handle everyone else. Suffice to say – the Steeda G-Trac suspension system was up to the task as it was able to overcome all challenges and perform as it was designed and engineered to do.

Steeda Q650R Mustang

For the first race SARRC race, our President and CEO Dario Orlando took our #20 Steeda Q650R and qualified for the pole position and when it came to the race, he never looked back as he was able to finish in first place – an indication of even greater accomplishments that were to be forthcoming later that day (more on that later). During this initial race, a challenging Corvette lacked the braking required for a hairpin turn – crashed into the rear of our car and went careening off course. The suspension system of the #20 Steeda maintained its composure and remained on line – even when it was subjected to the crash forces from the Corvette that could have unbalanced the car and also sent it out of control…further testament to the road hugging attributes of the Steeda suspension system.

Steeda’s Glen Vitale and Q650R

The next race was a 1.5 hour-long endurance race that would be sure to challenge the most seasoned drivers, cars, and crews. This race required mandatory pit stop and driver changes and when you factor in the blistering heat, it was going to be a real dual at the track. With 35 cars entered, our Vice President Glen Vitale was able to qualify on the pole position with the fastest time overall. When the green flag dropped, Dario was able to pilot the Q650R expertly and was able to hold off many challenges as the Q650R performed as intended. At the 45 minute mark, Dario pitted and our own Glen took the wheel piloting the Q650R. With Glen’s driving attitude of “drive it like I stole it” – he further increased the lead that Dario provided him and when the checkered flag dropped, the Steeda Q650R lapped the ENTIRE field in route to a commanding victory in this most challenging endurance race.

Steeda VP, Glen Vitale and Steeda CEO, Dario Orlando

It should be noted that for both races, our Steeda Q650R was equipped with Nitto DOT tires… yes… we used a street tire on our car to further test and subsequently prove the capabilities of the Nitto brand verses the full competition only tires that the other competitors were running. The Nitto tires showed their superiority of design and construction by lasting for the entire race and by providing the superior corning and wear attributes that the Nitto brand is most famous for.

Steeda Q450 Mustang Pace Car at Homestead

Our #20 Steeda Q650R serves as a rolling test-bed for many of the suspension items we engineer, develop and sell. Unlike most other companies, we have a guiding philosophy that mandates we test under the most severe conditions the various performance parts we develop with the realization that putting them into actual race conditions that it will either prove the functionality and durability of the part, or it will destroy it. That way our customers are guaranteed that a Steeda performance part is the best it can possibly be and that it will be sure to live up to the rigors that they may subject their cars to without fail. We call it “Race Tested Confidence”.

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Memorial Day Message From Steeda President, Dario Orlando

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is much more than a welcome break from work, a time for outdoor barbecues or a day at the beach – it is the time for us to take stock of the present, reflect on the past, and renew our commitment to the future of our great country.

Today, as in the past, there are problems in this country that must be solved and challenges that must be met – nevertheless, it is the time for all Americans to come together and pay tribute to all of our Service Men and Women who have fought and died in defense of our country and for our freedom. It is a day to for all to take time and reflect on the service and sacrifice of these heroes, and to honor those American families for whom Memorial Day is another day of longing for their loved ones.

On behalf of everyone at Steeda Autosports, we proudly salute all of our fallen heroes and sincerely thank them and their families for the freedom we all enjoy today. Additionally, we honor those brave Americans that today serve in our Armed Forces as they make continued sacrifices as they protect the American freedom and liberty that we so preciously enjoy and cherish.

God Bless the USA
Dario Orlando, President Steeda Autosports, Inc

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Steeda Celebrates Mustang 50th at Charlotte

This past week marked the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang and there were plenty of celebrations around the country to celebrate this once in a lifetime event for the original Pony Car. From New York, Las Vegas, Charlotte, and in many other small towns across America, the faithful all paid homage to Americas original pony car – The Ford Mustang. Steeda Autosports was to be a presenting sponsor of the 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Charlotte Motor Speedway where approximately 4000 Mustangs and over 100,000 people converged together to make it one huge Mustang Birthday Celebration to remember forever.

Mustang 50th Anniversary

In the corporate display area, we showcased the following four Steeda Mustangs in our display – all of which have made a significant contribution to the rich history of Mustangs and Steeda over the years:

1993 Steeda Cobra R

Steeda Autosports was actively involved in the 1993 Cobra R development program by incorporating the knowledge we had acquired in our racing program to the SVT engineers. One of our contributions to the car was assisting SVT with the design of the vehicles braking system – ensuring that the completed design would have the stamina and capabilities to stand up to the rigors of road racing. Ford ended up building only 107 of the1993 Cobra “R” models – each of them in Vibrant Red and they were available for sale only to licensed race-drivers. At Sebring International Raceway in 1993, our Steeda Cobra R was the very first Cobra R to have success on a racetrack by finishing first in its inaugural race – a huge feat at the time for a new model incorporating new technologies for its time.

1995 Steeda Cobra R

In the wake of the 1993 Cobra R’s success, SVT engineers embarked on a mission to developed a more powerful and more competitive R-model based on the 1995 Cobra. Once again SVT engineers collaborated with Steeda Autosports on the development of this model as we provided key racing insights and engineering assistance to bring the car to reality. One of our top priorities was the need for a more powerful engine and more fuel capacity. In response, SVT incorporated an SVT modified version of Ford’s 5.8 liter Windsor V8, re-engineered to produce 300 horsepower. To provide for longer time on the track racing, we collaborated on the inclusion of a 22-gallon racing fuel cell that increased the cars time on the track and less time in the pits refilling. Weight-savings was targeted, so there was no back seat, radio, power windows/seats or air-conditioning-not even fog lights, which were omitted to provide ducts for getting cool air onto the front disk brakes. Heavy-duty progressive-rate springs, thicker stabilizer bars and a front strut tower brace helped improve handling. Only 250 vehicles were built, available only in white with Saddle Cloth interior, each with a unique center-tiered fiberglass hood tall enough to clear the engine and induction system. As with the 1993 Cobra R, only owners of a valid racing license were able to obtain one of these cars. Our Steeda 1995 Cobra R was the first Mustang to win a pole position in professional IMSA GS Class competition – a major feat and endorsement of our engineering successes. It’s success didn’t end there, as it set a new track record at Daytona in the inaugural IMSA Endurance race. In 1996 at the Texas Motor Speedway, the Steeda Cobra R won it’s first IMSA race for a Mustang in over a decade by lapping the 65 car field twice during the grueling 6-hour endurance race. Success continued in with first place finishes at both Mosport Park and Daytona – proving that the Steeda Cobra R program was a huge success.

2010 Steeda StreetFighter

Destined to reign supreme in the Pony Wars, this 690HP muscle machine is proof positive that Steeda Autosports builds the best performing Mustangs available anywhere. An ideal Mustang – a formidable weekend warrior on the racetrack or drag-strip that can also be comfortably driven daily. Outfitted with the most extensive standard suspension upgrades ever included on a Steeda production vehicles – including our Watt’s Link Suspension system – this performance Mustang can easily pull 1.2gs. With a broad range of brutal power on demand, it turns 0-60 times under 4 seconds and quarter mile times comfortably in the 10 second range. There is simply no other serialized Mustang available today that offers the performance, styling, and performance attitude of this dedicated StreetFighter.

2014 Steeda Q450 Enforcer

Showcasing our current line of performance-bred parts for the ford Mustang, this Q-Series Steeda Mustang is the flagship of our serialized vehicle program and is specially designed for hardcore, power-hungry performance enthusiasts who want the most Mustang muscle for their money. This performance stallion provides plenty of pure pony power to humble the competition every time you turn the ignition key and hit the throttle. Power means nothing without control, so the Q450 precision-engineered suspension and chassis modifications keep the driver in command and deliver an unbeatable level of performance. With strategic modifications all tuned to maximize performance and provide optimum handling, the Q450 is a no-holds-barred approach that delivers pure hardcore driving excitement.

During show hours in the paddock area there were multiple Steeda representatives on hand to supporting on track activities – including our “Ace in the Hole” Master Mechanic Steve Chichisola, Regional and National American Iron Champion Driver Robin Burnett, Camaro-Mustang Challenge Champion James Ray, and the NASA – SE Champion Jim Edwards. Each of these great racing enthusiasts shared racing knowledge and experiences and were on hand to provide some lucky show attendees a first hand look at their race cars as well as a ride-of-their life. Following is a profile of just two of the Steeda cars that were blistering around the track:

Steeda Q650R

Built by our renown “Skunk Works Team” at Steeda Autosports, the Q650R serves as a rolling test bed for continuing refinement and development of our track tested and race proven performance parts and accessories. On the outside, the Q650R is outfitted on the outside with key Steeda’s aerodynamic parts (e.g. Steeda Race Wing, Steeda Competition Front Fascia). Under the hood, the Ford modular engine is boosted with the Steeda/Vortech supercharger system and the race tuning is handled by our unique Steeda Performance Calibration – the end result… over 650 horsepower of heart pounding excitement. Inside the Steeda Tri-Ax Remote Racing provides an extremely short throw with precise action needed for the race track. Under the car is where some really advanced Steeda suspension technology is deployed. From the advanced adjustable full coil over suspension system, our proprietary Watt’s Linkage, to our D Spec Shocks and bump steer kit, the entire catalog of Steeda’s superior suspension parts as well as Nitto’s famed NT01 high performance tires – and some extra experimental suspension enhancements as well – have been integrated into this car so as to make it the BEST HANDLING car we have ever driven on a race track. The end result: An ultra high performance – muscular race car that provides instant acceleration, superior handling, and great fear into the minds of our competitors.

Steeda Q450R

Driven by Regional and National American Iron Champion Robin Burnett, this 2010 Steeda Q450R regularly competes in the American Iron Series that provides a highly competitive forum for Mustangs, Camaros, and Firebirds to race against each other. The power of the modified Ford Modular engine is delivered through a Tremex 3650 5 speed transmission and complemented by a precision tuned Steeda suspension system that helps deliver all that added power to the wheels while keeping the driver in total control – perfect for weekend warrior racing at tracks around America.

Overall, everyone completely enjoyed their time at the 50th Anniversary Celebration. The outstanding camaraderie, great cars, and on fast on-track experiences all made it a truly exciting manner to celebrate Mustangs first 50 years. Congratulations to Ford Motor Company and Team Mustang for providing enthusiasts an outstanding pony car for the past 50 years!

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Steeda Salutes Mustang’s 50th Anniversary

Congratulations to the Ford Motor Company on its 50 years of outstanding success of building the one and only real American pony car – the Ford Mustang. The memories and excitement that Ford Motor Company has provided us with the Mustang over the years are what true automotive dreams are made of.

2014 Steeda Mustang

2014 Steeda Q Series Mustang

Steeda Autosports is proud to be an official sponsor of the Mustang 50th Anniversary Event at Charlotte and we salute Ford Motor Company’s Design, Engineering, Production, and Sales and Marketing Teams for their ongoing commitment to Americas favorite pony car. The commitments that Ford Motor Company has provided over the past 50 years are a reflection of the dedication and resolve that they have at making the Mustang a perennial favorite American pony car – one that is perfect for cruising the open road, racing on a track, or blasting down the ¼ mile, the Mustang is a true one of a kind!

Additionally we want to also thank all of the Mustang owners and Mustang enthusiasts that have purchased and supported the Mustang brand and made it what it is today. It is because of these Mustang loyalists that Steeda Autosports exists today and for that we are indeed forever grateful.

Happy Birthday Mustang from your friends at Steeda Autosports!

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Steeda Suspensions Deliver the “Need for Speed”

Recently DreamWorks Pictures’ hit movie “Need for Speed” had it’s debut in theaters world-wide and the overriding star of the movie is a specially constructed and modified 2014 Mustang GT500 wide-body coupe. The movie is filled with action packed stunts and fast-paced driving as the starring Mustang holds its own against a variety of supercars from around the world. Steeda Autosports was actively involved with the preparation of the movie, supplying all of the various upgraded suspension components that turned the stock Mustang into an asphalt-carving performance machine.

Need For Speed Mustang

When you need a car to hold up to the rigors of abuse and harsh performance driving that is demanded by a thrilling action packed Hollywood movie, you can count on Steeda Autosports to provide the level of performance and reliability that can take the most severe punishment possible… on the street, track, and even in a Hollywood movie! The Steeda components on the “Need for Speed” Mustang are identical to the parts we manufacture and sell today – and you can get them at www.steeda.com.

Steeda suspension parts used on the Need for Speed Mustang included:

  • Steeda Coil Over Assembly
  • Steeda Panhard Bar
  • Steeda Upper Control Arm
  • Steeda Upper Control Arm Mount
  • Steeda Billet Aluminum Control Arms
  • Steeda Adjustable Front and Rear Sway Bar Assemblies
  • Steeda Control Arm Relocation Brackets
  • Steeda Rear Axle Relocation Brackets

For the lovers of speed, Need for Speed is loaded with both crashes and car chases. Best summarized as a high-octane epic, this exciting and often funny movie more than delivers enough intense car chase entertainment to keep gearheads estatic. With its car chases, crashes, wild jumps and gas-guzzling sense of adventure, the film is a throwback to car classics such as Bullitt and Vanishing Point. But it’s all delivered in a very smooth and very modern style

It is a story that chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey – one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

Need For Speed Mustang

So make some time, and make sure you go to the theater and watch Need for Speed – it is a thrilling movie that definitely delivers Mustang excitement. And if your Mustang has that “need for speed” – visit www.steeda.com for all your performance part needs.

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Steeda Developing 2015 Mustang Parts

Steeda Autosports – the largest independent manufacturer of performance parts for Ford vehicles is actively involved in the ongoing development of performance parts and accessories for the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. For this all-new platform, we are developing comprehensive suspension system enhancements, chassis stiffening components, and engine upgrade components (tunes and cold air intakes) that will further enhance the overall vehicle ‘s performance without compromising the vehicle dynamics. All of our development work is being done under strict ISO 9001:2008 Globally Certified Processes – ensuring that purchasers of our parts get the highest quality level possible with the maximum amount of performance gain.

2015 Mustang Parts

Our plan is to have a complete array of parts available when the 2015 Mustang is available for initial sale – so that way those lucky individuals that get the first cars will not have to wait for a 2015 Mustang Cold Air Intake or a 2015 Mustang Performance Tune. If your desire is for handling enhancements, no need to worry because we will have your back covered with a complete array of 2015 Mustang Suspension upgrades including 2015 Mustang Lowering Springs, 2015 Mustang Chassis Stiffening components, 2015 Mustang Bumpsteer Kits, and much more. For those that are more inclined to track or drag race their car, rest assured that we will have the most complete product offerings to beef up the 2015 Mustang independent rear suspension (IRS) so that no matter how much power your 5.0 makes, nothing will break.

For 2015 Mustang wheels we are working on a complete line of fitments that will allow you to run wider Nitto tires for improved traction and grip. Want a 2015 Mustang exhaust kit with reduced back pressure and enhanced sound, we will have that too! From 2015 Mustang Brakes, 2015 Mustang Shifters, to 2015 Mustang Power Packs, you can count on Steeda to be YOUR source for all 2015 Mustang Performance Parts.

Steeda’s Tom Ellis Undefeated in SCCA American Sedan in 2014

SCCA Club Racers officially rang in the New Year with checkered flags in January at the SCCA Sebring Super Tour at Sebring International Raceway, Round One of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour, and Steeda Autosports once again was leading the pack when our sponsored driver Tom Ellis took the checkered flag first in the fiercely competitive American Sedan class.

You have heard us before proclaim that the exceptionally challenging Sebring International Raceway is brutal on both cars and drivers – as only the most fit and best prepared cars survive the pounding that this course delivers. At this season opener, our own Tom Ellis commandingly not only won his races on both Saturday and Sunday, but he also scored overall Group 6 victory – a amazing feat in his Steeda Autosports prepared Mustang!

Two weeks later, Tom Ellis showed that the victories at Sebring were not anomalies when at the Palm Beach International Raceway he once again finished on the top podium position by beating all competitors and winning both races commandingly. Everyone at Steeda Autosports congratulates Tom on his highly successful start to the 2014 SCCA American Sedan race series!

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Steeda’s John Urist Sets New Class Record

The 2014 Nitto NMRA Spring Break Shootout in Bradenton Florida this past weekend was the official kickoff of the 2014 drag racing series, and it was obvious that the NMRA racers most certainly did their homework during the off season and the competition was tighter than ever at this most challenging race series where there were some exciting passes and incredible competition down at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

John Urist

In the Street Outlaw class, Steeda and Nitto Tire sponsored driver John Urist led the field with his red 1993 Fox body Mustang by putting down a stellar 7.042 at 200 miles per hour and then went on to better that number with the quickest pass in class history – a 7.032 en route to the final round where he blasted his nearest competitor with a 7.10 run to once again take top honors. With a total of 8 National Championships under his belt already, John is once again off to a great start in the highly competitive NMRA Street Outlaw series. The entire Steeda Team congratulates John and his team for a job well done and we wish him continued success!

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