Monthly Archives: September 2008

Steeda Cold Air Kits – Simply The Best Available

The theory behind performance Cold Air Intakes is to let your engine breathe better by allowing for a less restrictive flow of cooler air into your engine – thereby improving your engine’s overall performance level. But what most people do not realize is that while fundamentality most Cold Air Intakes may all look somewhat alike, in practicality there are HUGE DIFFERENCES in their actual on-car performance capabilities at different engine speeds. Rest assured that all Steeda Cold Air Intakes are extensively engineered with the latest computer simulation systems, and then exhaustively tested in real world high performance conditions on the dyno, street, racetrack, and dragstrip to be the best you can buy for your Ford performance vehicle.

The engineering team at Steeda has taken the guesswork and “black magic” out of the various systems that are available today. As a validation of our superiority, our Cold Air Intakes were tested by Ford Motor Company and were found to be far superior to any other Cold Air Intake available in the marketplace – so much so that they were chosen by Ford Racing to be standard equipment on the Shelby GT and GT-H program. No other Ford performance company can make this claim!

The Steeda Difference

Factors you should consider before you buy a Cold Air Intake system include:

Airflow

An increase in total airflow is a must for performance gains. After all, your engine is in simplest terms – an air pump fueled by gasoline. Key to performance is the fact that you need a low restrictive air filter that allows for the free flow of air but at the same time it must protect your engine from harmful contaminates. At Steeda, our proprietary air filter element walks the fine line between performance and protection to consistently deliver the increased volume of air your performance engine needs under all power conditions – from idle to full power, and yet maintains full protection, ensuring that only a clean air charge enters your engine. The Steeda Lifetime Filter can easily be cleaned and re-oiled, making maintenance a snap even for the novice.

Turbulence

This is perhaps one of the MAJOR differences in Cold Air Intakes as it is most often overlooked by other manufacturers – it is what separates Steeda from all other systems you can buy. With an increased airflow thru the inlet tube, any bend, restriction, rough surface, or change in the inlet tube diameter will create a change in air flow turbulence. No matter where this turbulence change occurs, it will affect the flow of incoming air that crosses your mass air meter and will send incorrect sensor signals to your engines engine control module – resulting in an incorrect air/fuel mixture being delivered into your engine. Oftentimes, an inept engineer or a shortcut in design will be made that will not take this into account by only focusing on airflow. At Steeda, using proprietary measuring and flow testing techniques, we evaluate the impact on turbulence throughout the entire inlet tube to ensure that the airflow into your engine is as smooth as possible thereby avoiding any potential wrongful mass air readings and undue flow restrictions.

Air Box Location

Many manufactures concentrate on placing the inlet tube/air filter into the fender area of the car in an effort to avoid the heated air in the engine compartment thinking that is the principal issue at hand. While their intentions may be good, it is a practice that is shortsighted at best. At Steeda, we extensively evaluated ALL potential alternatives when we design our cold air intakes and their placement in a vehicle. Using the latest digital thermo sensors combined with our digital airflow and turbulence monitors, we have determined that placing the inlet in the fender area does not result in an overall improvement in engine performance – instead it actually robs you of your engines full horsepower potential. Placement of the inlet in the fender most often always causes additional bends and restrictions – extremely harmful to effective airflow. So harmful in fact that the purported benefit for placing the inlet tube inside the fender is wiped out by increased restrictions and turbulence. We design our intake and stainless steel heat shield to capture the coolest intake charge possible without compromises or penalties so that you get the maximum amount of power. Additionally, we employ our unique Cool Tube Technology to minimize potentially absorbed heat gain from the engine.

Air Filter

At Steeda we use only the best air filter media element available today. We have tested all brands and makes and have engineered a media element that is simply without equal. Sure, ours may cost slightly more, but when you cut through all of the hype – there is no better media element available – PERIOD.

The Steeda air filter element is a special state-of-the-art synthetic nano-fiber material specially constructed so that it that traps the smallest contamination particles that ordinary air filters simply cannot capture. Our filters are so good, that they capture particles that are smaller than 0.5 microns – far better than other competitive filters. There is a reason why Ford Motor Company chose Steeda air filters over all other filters for their Shelby GT program. Our filters are constructed using the finest materials available in the market today and with maximum airflow and maximum protection, you are guaranteed that the Steeda air-element is the best you can buy – PERIOD. All Steeda air filters are are 100% washable and reusable and come with a standard lifetime warranty – your guarantee of quality.

Calibration

Our Cold Air Intakes for 2005-2009 Mustang are so effective at unlocking the hidden power potential of your engine, that you are required to have the calibration of your engine modified so that you are assured to have the proper air/fuel mixture. For the Mustang GTs that are compatible with our Adaptive Performance calibration, you will realize a performance gain of up to 45 horsepower to the rear wheels using our cold air intake and charge motion delete plates with improved drivability at all speeds. Typical of the power potential Steeda intake components provide.

What should you do now?
Call us at 954-960-0774 and talk to one of our Steeda Sales Professionals. Our staff of highly trained and well qualified professionals can talk to you about your specific application and needs and can spec out a Cold Air Intake and a performance tune that will exceed your expectations and deliver to you the most for your hard earned performance dollar.

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Dario Orlando’s Vehicles of Choice

Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports is a diehard supporter of Ford Motor Company and an avid performance enthusiast. This is not only exemplified in the performance business he founded over 20 years ago – but also in the vehicles he personally drives. In particular, there are three special vehicles he favors to drive depending if he is commuting to work, driving for pleasure, or racing at speed around the track. These same three vehicles are available today for those lucky enough to purchase them at select Ford dealers nationwide.

Commuting to Work

For driving to work everyday, Dario’s choice is the hot 2008 Steeda Fusion that was initially shown at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Best described as an all American Grand Touring sedan, it has been modified by the Steeda Team to be further refined, faster, and better balanced so that it delivers more excitement and automotive pleasure than anything else in it’s class – and at a price that most everyone can afford.

Providing four door access and comfortable seating, the Steeda Fusion is a practical family sedan that has been modified to appeal to the die-hard performance enthusiast that demands and needs more than just a typical family sedan. With outstanding fuel economy and shocking performance, the Steeda Fusion is the perfect ride to end that oftentimes-boring commute to work!

To start off, the Steeda engineers have enhanced the Fusion with suspension modifications, including Steeda Sport Springs, that improve the ride and handling but not at the expense of ride quality and comfort. Steeda has designed a proprietary strut tower brace that assists in the elimination of body flex during periods of aggressive cornering.

Dario favors the Nitto Invo performance tires which offer superior wet and dry traction while maintaining a very quiet and smooth ride.

The Steeda Fusion engine performance is dramatically improved with the addition of the Steeda designed and engineered cold air system and Borla free flowing exhaust system. The result is improved performance with a pleasing, yet purposeful sound.

Dario’s Steeda Fusion exterior design elements are not driven merely by visual cues. There is serious substance to back up this style. The aerodynamic styling and graphics, inspired by the Autobahn cruiser is evident in the automobile’s road hugging stance that not only looks good, but also reduces aerodynamic drag.

The interior has a style all it own. Dario added Steeda accents to energize the instrument panel, and custom leather seats that add increased lateral support and comfort for himself and his lucky passengers. With bold styling, spirited performance and it’s well appointed interior, Dario’s Steeda Fusion is an example of a compelling midsize performance sedan for today’s market.

Driving for Pleasure

When Dario wants to seriously kick things up a bit and increase his driving excitement even more, there is nothing turning the key and starting his supercharged 2008 Steeda Q500 to get his adrenalin really pumping! With over 500 horsepower the Steeda Q500 delivers excitement that should be illegal from the moment he gets behind the wheel!

To showcase Dario’s testing and evaluation involvement with all of Steeda’s performance products, he used his personal Q500 (shown here) for the testing and final evaluation of the Steeda Adaptive Performance Calibration. Delivering a healthy dose of supercharged power (over 500+ horsepower and 490+ ft. lbs. of torque), Dario’s 4.6L supercharged pony provides pure power when he needs it with complete control from idle up to it’s 6500 rpm redline.

Having all of this power at Dario’s command requires a suspension system to plant it to the asphalt, and his Steeda Q500 does that with the Steeda proprietary track tested and race proven suspension system. It doesn’t matter if Dario is blasting down the quarter mile in 12.2 seconds at over 113 mph, or if he is testing it’s road-holding ability on the skidpad at over 1.2gs using street Nitto tires, Dario’s Steeda Q500 is an outstanding road car performance engineered for the most demanding performance enthusiasts who likes to live in the fast lane!

Do not be surprised if you see him driving this car on the street that there just might be some newly engineered performance parts lurking underneath the sheetmetal – because Dario is constantly evaluating all of the new parts and accessories personally that the Steeda Skunkworks Team creates before they are offered for sale. It is just another example of the hands-on evauluation that goes into every part Steeda offers.

Racing around the Track

When it is time to go racing against the competition and test the new Steeda hardcore performance parts, there is only one choice for Dario – The Steeda Q650R. Combining Steeda’s proven power it’s exclusive Adaptive Performance Calibration delivers with the world-class underpinnings and suspension systems that Steeda is renown for in the Performance Industry today, the result is the ultimate performance Mustang.

“The Steeda Q650R incorporates our unmatched history of engineering technology accomplishments and racing knowledge we have learned into what is without a doubt, the ultimate performance Mustang available today,” says Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports. “This car is a hint at what’s to come in the future from Steeda for both on and off the racetrack excitement and is my personal choice for racing around the track in competitive events.”

The exterior of the vibrant red colored Q650R is fitted with Steeda’s aerodynamic Race Wing that stands tall at a full-race height and gets into the airstream and creates significant down-force to enhance handling and traction. On the front is Steeda’s fully functional competition front fascia that is designed for improved high speed stability as well as improved cooling of the engine and brakes under harsh race conditions it will be operated under.

Under the hood, the lightweight 4.6L aluminum engine is equipped with the Steeda/Whipple supercharger system and tuning is handled by Steeda’s industry unique Adaptive Performance Calibration – the end result….650 horsepower of heart pounding excitement with “live” – automatic computerized tuning as it is raced.

The Steeda Q650R is equipped with a Tremec TKO600 transmission and a Steeda Remote Tri-Ax Shifter which is designed specificly to work with the S197 body style.

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 – 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.

Dario outfitted Forgeline 18×9.5 (front) and 18×11 (rear) wheels and shod them naturally with the best track tires you can buy……Nitto’s famed NT01 high performance tires (275/35-18 in the front and massive 315/30-18 in the rear). These tires are mandatory for a high performance vehicle like this racer and provide the grip our suspension enhancements demand.

Rest assured that with Dario behind the wheel, Steeda’s products are being evaluated in real world conditions no matter if they are your daily ride to work or your race car on the track.

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Pre-Registration Now Open for 9th Annual Steeda Stampede

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2008
Location: Steeda Autosports WHQ, Pompano Beach, Florida
Time: Starting at 8:00 am
Event: The 9th Annual Steeda Stampede

Registration OpenREMINDER – The Steeda Autosports 9th annual Steeda Stampede is set for October 18th and is guaranteed to be bigger and better with more cars, enthusiasts, and exciting news and track time for everyone!

The festivities will begin on Saturday morning at Steeda’s Pompano Beach World Headquarters. Activities will include campus tours and tech seminars conducted by Steeda President, Dario Orlando and the speed gurus at Steeda Autosports. Talk to them about your vehicle, potential performance upgrades, and any technical problems you may have. And get honest advice and feedback. See for yourself how the world’s largest Ford performance parts manufacturer transforms raw materials into a variety of precision performance parts that are uniquely Steeda.

A highlight this year’s event will be a special vehicle reveal where, for the first time, we will showcase a new performance vehicle we have been working very closely with Ford Motor Company. It’s official public debut will be at the 2008 SEMA Show a few weeks later in the Ford Motor Company display, but those attending will see it here – first!

Later in the afternoon, the Stampede will shift gears as all performance vehicles will head to the all new Moroso Motorsports Park. With a complete makeover, Moroso Motorsports Park will provide two really great days where enthusiasts will be able to test their cars on the ¼ Mile Dragstrip.

Attend the Steeda Stampede – and see for yourself the Steeda Difference!

Click Here to Pre-Register

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