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   Focus Challenge 2003

The Steeda Focus Challenge 2003 Was Held On April 5th at Steeda Autosports.It was a hit with Ford Focus enthusiasts throughout Florida. Steeda Autosports opened their doors to Focus enthusiasts with the President of Steeda, Dario Orlando personally giving tours of the Steeda campus.

Challenge attendants got exclusive tours of Steeda’s operations center, shipping center and manufacturing centers. Many of the attendants were impressed with Steeda’s massive manufacturing center and it’s capabilities. The main attraction for the Focus Challenge was the dyno competition, and the first entrant on the dyno, Oliver Pacheco set the bar very high with a turbocharged 219 horsepower and 236 lb/ft of torque. Steeda engineer, Dan Carlson demonstrated how to install the brand new Steeda Tri-Ax/F for the SVT Focus on one lucky customer’s car. Jose Leon, watched as the Tri-Ax/F designer himself installed his new shifter. Many of the attendants also watched as Scott Boda, the assistant director of Manufacturing, installed a throttle body on Steeda customer, Shane Pilpel’s 2002 ZX3.

In Between Dyno runs Steeda placed the Ford Division project vehicle amicably named “Project Shadow” on the Dyno for some live vehicle testing. The vehicle’s name “Project Shadow” comes from its very popular liquid grey metallic color. Participants watched as “Project Shadow” was placed on the dyno for a baseline run, then Steeda Technicians Sam Cory and Chad Coy, installed a Diablo sport computer chip. Participants witnessed first-hand the development and testing that Steeda puts into all of it’s product. Signifying the end of the event and the start of the cruise to Moroso Motorsports Park was the Car Show Awards. Winning Best of Show, for his hot looking ZX3 was Robert Quinn, who received a $50 Steeda Gift Certificate. Winning Best Paint/ Vinyl Graphics was TJ Fogleman with his lime green with purple flames ZX3. TJ’s Focus was definitely an eye-catcher and he received a case of Royal Purple motor oil.

Winning the Category of furthest driven was Eugene Warlop who drove 300+ miles from Deland, Florida. Eugene also received a case of Royal Purple motor oil. Then the prize everyone anticipated, the brand new Steeda Focus Wheels, was raffled off to Focus Challenge registrants. After two names failed to claim their prize, a loyal Steeda customer’s name was drawn. Jose Malave became the First owner of a set Steeda Focus Wheels. Our other door prize winners include, Todd Manganello, Mark Lee and Jose Leon. Once the prizes were given away, everyone posed for a picture in front of Steeda’s new Warehouse and Manufacturing facility before they made the 50-mile cruise to Moroso Motorsports Park for the Inaugural BFGoodrich Sport Compact Nationals.

Thanks to Ford Motor Company, Ford Division, Jack Daly of J.D. Companies, Royal Purple, Focus Central, and EBC Brakes for making the Steeda Focus Challenge 2003 a very successful event.

Click here for the 2003 Photo Gallery!

Next Event: July 31st, 2004