Monthly Archives: May 2007

Motor Trend Evaluates the Steeda Q-Series Mustangs at Sebring!

“….the Steeda Q335 just destroys a stock Mustang….”
“….street friendly and fierce on the race track….”
“….surprising amount of lateral of grip…”
“….truckloads of supercharged power….”

Those are just a few of the many enthusiastic comments that John Kiewicz, Senior Feature Editor of Motor Trend, had to say about the Steeda Q-Series of vehicles he evaluated while at the famed Sebring International Raceway recently.   Steve was able to test drive a wide assortment of Steeda vehicles, everything from our current Q-Series lineup including the Q335, Q400, and the awesome Q650, as well as some of our other historic Q-Series cars including the 1995 Steeda Cobra R that scored more race points than all other Mustangs combined!

You can actually ride with Steve as he drives our cars and provides -live- comments on all aspects of Steeda performance…..braking, handling, acceleration, and vehicle dynamics.  All uncensored, and to the point, these videos clearly let you experience the Steeda Autosports difference!

To access Motor Trend’s video library for this great performance videos, their uncensored praise of the entire Steeda Q lineup, and other action packed videos  of Steeda vehicles in action, go to:

Steeda Q-Series Road Tests: (Opens New Window)
http://www.motortrend.com/av/features/112_0705_q_cars_road_test_camp_steeda_feature

Steeda Q335: One Hot Lap at Sebring: (Opens New Window)
http://www.motortrend.com/av/features/112_0705_q335_one_lap_camp_steeda_feature

Historic Steeda Cobra R Evaluation: (Opens New Window)
http://www.motortrend.com/av/features/112_0705_cobra_r_cars_road_test_camp_steeda_feature

Camp Steeda / Sebring Overview: (Opens New Window)
http://www.motortrend.com/av/features/112_0705_camp_steeda_overview_feature

Steeda and Tom Ellis Score BIG at Daytona!

The Daytona International Raceway’s 2.95 mile road course was once again the setting for National Sports Car Club of America American Sedan racing on May 6th.  And once again, Tom Ellis driving his Steeda prepared and equipped Mustang captured another 1st place win!

Even with an additional 100 pound weight penalty imposed by SCCA (due to the previous class domination the Tom Ellis driven and Steeda prepared Mustang has done in previous races), the cars perfect balance and road gripping manners that the Steeda 5-Link 2 rear suspension system provided was more than enough to ensure a dominating victory.

After qualify in the pole position, Tom Ellis never looked back as he completely dominated the race from start to finish!   On his way to the checkered flag, even with the SCCA imposed added weight disadvantage, Tom set a new track record.   With a blistering time of 2:09.230 he even lapped the 2nd place competitor before the checkered flag was finally his!

Once again, automobile performance enthusiasts see why racing is so important to everyone at Steeda Autosports.   It is the proving ground where we test the latest performance products for you – our customer.  Steeda ‘s products are designed and engineered to be the very best possible, to offer uncompromising performance, and to exceed our your every expectation.

We congratulate Tom Elliis, on another outstanding success in his Steeda Mustang.

Steeda Salutes our Top Dealers and Distributors

Steeda Autosports salutes all of our dedicated dealers and distributors for their continued support and commitments they have made to the Ford performance marketplace and to our dedicated customers. Their continued contributions of outstanding ongoing customer support and service are the secret ingredients in a winning formula that makes up the winning team effort that consistently delivers the best possible sales and driving experience possible.

In addition, we want to express our sincere appreciation to the following top Ford Dealers and Independent Steeda Dealers who have all set sales and customer service standards that are role models for the aftermarket industry.  Their complete dedication to the customer, knowledge of performance vehicles and loyalty to Steeda Autosports is a benchmark in the industry.

We specifically salute the following top dealers:

Ford Dealers

Independent dealers

2007 Camp Steeda / SVT Open Track Event Fun

The annual Camp Steeda / SVT Owners Association (SVTOA) event at the historic Sebring International Raceway was once again a tremendous success.  This year’s attendance set yet another record as Ford performance enthusiasts from around the country were on hand for the event.   With access to the famous 3.7 mile full race circuit for a complete two day period, Ford and Steeda enthusiasts had time to test their vehicles, evaluate a variety of Steeda Q Series vehicles, and also see the latest performance product offerings from Steeda Autosports that are indeed – track tested and perfected!

The event began on Friday evening with a Steeda Autosports Press Conference where editors from Mustang Enthusiasts, Mustang Times, Muscle Mustang & Fast Fords, 5.0 Mustangs & Superfords, and Mustang Monthly saw an update on the Steeda Autosports expansion in Valdosta, Georgia and the debut of the newest Steeda Q Series vehicle – the Steeda GT500 (also see our separate News Announcement on this vehicle).

On Saturday, with perfect weather conditions forecasted for the entire weekend, participants had the options of driving their cars on the track, receiving personalized one-on-one instructions from Steeda and SVTOA instructors, or checking out other enthusiasts vehicles – in other words, a perfect weekend for true performance gearheads!

Nitto Tire had a series of their performance tires mounted on Steeda Ultra-lite wheels for enthusiasts to “test drive” around the racetrack.  Enthusiasts just had to pull their vehicle to the Nitto race truck support area where the “pit crew” swapped tires/wheels and set drivers on their way.   The results were unanimous — Nitto Tires and Steeda have the perfect wheel and tire combinations for the Ford performance enthusiast.  Our wheel and tire packages are truly tuned to maximize performance !

All weekend Motor Trend was on hand driving and documenting the performance attributes of Steeda Autosport Q-Series Vehicles, historic Steeda race cars, and the new Steeda prepared Ford Fusion.  John Kiewicz (Motor Trend Editor) was ecstatic when he came into the pits after some seat time in the Steeda Q335.   He was overheard saying enthusiastically that the Q335 was one of the best handling and performing vehicles he has EVER driven…perfect manners and UNBELIEVABLE road grip. To induce oversteer in a hard corner all he had to do was “blip” the throttle and the result was complete and predictable control.  There is no doubt that the famous Steeda G-Trac suspension tuned suspension system and our engine performance upgrades were working in harmony to deliver the best possible performance for the dollar !

At the Saturday evening Sports Banquet, sponsored by Mustang Enthusiast Magazine, a special guest of honor, Jamal Hameedi (Ford Motor Company’s SVT Chief Nameplate Engineer), was on hand to reassure everyone that SVT is alive and well and that they are currently working on future products for the performance enthusiast.  Jamal was also seen all weekend driving many Steeda vehicles both old and new and connecting with the SVT/Steeda enthusiasts.

Sunday was another full day at the track where more testing and vehicle evulations were completed before everyone pack up and called it a successful weekend.   Camp Steeda / SVTOA Open Track – Sebring is just one of the many SVTOA events scheduled this season.  We encourage you to check out www.svtoa.com and www.steeda.com for additional information on future events.

MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE STEEDA PHOTO GALLERY FOR GREAT EVENT PHOTOS!
CLICK HERE

And remember:  Speed Matters!

Steeda Introduces the Steeda GT500

Steeda Autosports President Dario Orlando chose the 2007 Camp Steeda / SVT Owners Association Open Track Event at the famed Sebring International Raceway for the world debut of the new Steeda GT500.  Steeda Autosports took the fine platform that Ford Motor Company’s SVT Team developed and performed that special Steeda magic to further transform the stallion into an all out performance vehicle – perfect for the discerning performance enthusiast who wants only the very best in engineering and performance.

Not wanting to rest on their laurels, the Steeda Engineering Team took the GT500 to the “Ultimate Level” by using their sophisticated CAD/CAM engineering modeling intelligence, rapid design, and in-house manufacturing capabilities to deliver a completed vehicle worthy of the name: The Steeda GT500.   With powerful engine upgrades and the most extensive suspension upgrades available, the Steeda GT500 is the most finely tuned and best performing GT500 on the planet !   Included with this upgrade is the all new and patented Steeda Coilover Suspension System, derived from over one year of research and development, that greatly enhances aggressive performance driving without detracting from ride quality.

Performance modifications made to the vehicle include:

Engne:

Exhaust:

Brakes:

  • Steeda 13” Rear Brake upgrade Kit – Product Link
  • Steeda 14” Slotted Front Rotors and upgraded pads – Product Link

Drivetrain:

Suspension:

At an upgrade price of $13,995, the Steeda GT500 – simply the best performing and most exclusive GT500 available.  Contact your local Steeda authorized dealer, call Steeda directly at 954-960-0774, or visit www.steeda.com for more information.

And remember:  Speed Matters!

Another Steeda Autosports Lap Record and Win at Mid-Ohio!

The Burnett Racing Team came loaded for bear at the Ohio/Indy NASA season opener at Mid-Ohio on April 21 2007. With a total of four Steeda Autosports prepared Mustangs entered in two highly competitive classes, there were high hopes in the Steeda camp for yet another victory.   With the race track as the ultimate proving ground for performance parts, the Steeda Mustangs once again proved their superiority by dominating the series and setting a new record!

Two time Ohio/Indy regional champion Robin Burnett was 2nd on Saturday and 1st  on Sunday AND he also set a new Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course American Iron (AI) lap record with a blistering time of 1:36.458 in his 2005 Steeda Autosports prepared Mustang.

Steeda’s new hot shoe and last years CMC (Camaro Mustang Challenge) “Nationals” poll  sitter Aaron Bambach had a great weekend with his new Steeda mount. In his first weekend in the SteedaMustang, Aaron drove his new ride to a 3rd and 2nd place finish, behind team leader and race winner Robin Burnett.

Rookie Bruce Byerly took the Burnett Racing Steeda CMC Mustang to a very respectable pair of 2nd place finishes in his debut at Mid-Ohio.

Other notable Steeda American Iron Series pilots Greg Walker and Jeff Feit were 5th & 6th respectively on Saturday and move up one position each on Sunday to 4th & 5th place in the AI class.

Let there be no doubt – when it comes to production based racing, Steeda Autosports’ commitment to outperform the competition is real and our results prove it.  On the track, dragstrip, or on the street – Steeda is #1 !

FACT:  Steeda equipped Mustangs have won more production car based races and championships, and set more track records, than all of our competitors combined! And remember:  Speed Matters!