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First Annual Stampede North – Saturday, February 13th

Mark your calendars… the first annual Steeda Stampede of Valdosta is slated to occur on Saturday, February 13, 2010 and .  We have really great plans that promise to provide an exceptional day for all Mustang and Ford Performance enthusiasts that will include drag racing, and plenty of muscle car camaraderie.  As part of the “Pony Wars 2010” event that will be occurring at the South Georgia Motorsports Park, this event will feature “Arm Drop” heads up racing and thousands of dollars in cash money and prizes to be awarded.

The event will begin at our Steeda Valdosta facility where there will be a breakfast get-together and tours of our new Valdosta facility, and then an official Steeda Stampede up to the track for a full day of racing down the quarter mile. Racing will include grudge match racing, then like the hot TV show “Pinks All Out”, we will be racing Arm Drop Style to see who is the quickest down the asphalt.  With 3 different classes, a “Quick 16” match race for the 16 quickest cars on the property, and even special Powder Puff runs, there is guaranteed to be exciting racing all day long.

Please Note: Only street legal cars will be allowed to race (license tags, registration and insurance required).

Register at www.showandgofast.com for the drag racing at the South Georgia Motorsports park and also at steeda.com for the specific Steeda Stampede events.

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End of Year Message From Dario Orlando

As we approach the end of 2009 and wait for the dawn of a New Year, I am compelled to reflect on the past year and reiterate our commitment to our customers. Our mission at Steeda Autosports is really quite simple.

Everyone at Steeda strives to continually exceed our customers’ expectations by providing only the highest quality performance products for their Ford vehicles – without taking shortcuts that undermine integrity, ethics or pride. In these most difficult economic times, while many other companies continue to source their products off-shore in pursuit of lower cost and lower quality alternatives with apparent indifference to the long term consequences thereof, I am exceptionally proud of the fact that Steeda is seeking to head the comeback of the American manufacturing infrastructure in our industry. Thank you for your recognition and support of our efforts.

We truly understand the Ford performance marketplace and country we serve and firmly believe that through creativity, productivity and innovation Steeda Autosports will continue to develop and offer the finest performance parts and accessories available anywhere – all while fully supporting the American economy and the American worker.

Our commitment is long-term as evidenced by our having long been recognized by the discerning performance enthusiast as THE SUPPLIER of automotive accessories of unparalleled quality. Rest assured that we are fully committed and poised to continue to deliver products that are designed, built, and manufactured here in the USA that are uncompromised in any manner. Manufacturing is what helped build this country, and we are doing our part to ensure that we maintain our position of support in every manner possible in 2010.

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Dario Orlando
President, Steeda Autosports

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2010 Steeda Q650 – Streetfighter Edition

The Los Angeles Auto Show was the forum for the world debut of an all-new ultimate street performance vehicle: The 2010 Steeda Q650 Streetfighter Edition. Destined to reign supreme in the Pony Wars – this high performance muscle machine is part of our continuous evolution of Steeda Autosports building the best performing Mustangs available anywhere. Conceived as the ideal Mustang that can be comfortably driven daily, it has all the necessary equipment to be a weekend warrior on the racetrack/drag-strip without worry.

Equipped with the most extensive amount of standard suspension upgrades we have ever included on one of our production vehicles – including our Watt’s Link Suspension system – this performance Mustang can easily pull 1.2gs, and with it’s broad range of brutal power it has on demand, it can rip off 0-60 times that are less than 4 seconds with quarter mile times comfortably in the 11 second range. There is simply no other serialized Mustang available today that offers the performance, styling, and performance attitude that this Mustang has.

“The Steeda Q650 Streetfighter achieves its massive power output from the Ford Racing/Whipple Supercharger assembly. We selected the Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger application because it provides its power reliably over a broad rpm range on 93 octane fuel and is fully 50 state emission legal”, commented Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports. “Delivering smooth power throughout the power curve is what this power package provides and it is a perfect power source for the Steeda Q650 Streetfighter Edition. When mated with our unique performance pulley system and our other engine performance enhancements, this package really delivers the mail!

Jamie Allison, Ford Racing Performance Group Manager adds: “Dario Orlando and the entire team at Steeda Autosports have been a longtime and valued partner of Ford Racing and have many aftermarket offerings to choose from. We are excited and proud that they chose the FR 690HP supercharger to power their new Q650 Streetfighter Edition”.

In addition to the supercharger assembly, the Q650’s powertrain also is equipped with:

  • Steeda custom engine calibration
  • Steeda 11-13 psi belt drive kit
  • Steeda Tri-Ax® Shifter
  • Speed of Sound A-Pillar gauge cluster with Aeroforce gauges

Engine power is just part of the success story about the Q650 Streetfighter. While the exterior shares the same aerodynamic body modifications of the Q350 with the unique Steeda front fascia with openings for front brake duct cooling, the facia also incorporates unique vented openings for additional cooling. Additional exterior enhancements include:

  • Steeda rear spoiler tuned for maximum down force with the least amount of aerodynamic drag
  • Steeda rear facia that exhausts air from under the vehicle with extreme aero efficiency and minimal aerodynamic drag
  • Unique Steeda vented hood that exhausts the hot power robbing engine heat out and over the hood into the vehicle’s slipstream with amazing efficiency.

“The real beauty of this performance monster lies underneath the vehicle. That is where we deployed every performance handling trick we have in our arsenal” commented Steve Chichisola, Master Mechanic/Technician at Steeda Autosports. “We have integrated the knowledgebase we acquired over the last 21 continuous years of building high performance Mustangs – more than any other Mustang aftermarket modifier – all into one fully cohesive package where ALL the parts are perfectly tuned to work in harmony towards delivering maximum suspension performance.” The suspension modifications include:

  • Steeda/Tokico D-Spec shocks and struts
  • Steeda Upper Strut Mount Kit
  • Steeda Adjustable 3rd-Link Trailing Arm Kit
  • Steeda Lower Trailing Arm relocation brackets
  • Steeda Billet Lower Trailing Arms
  • Steeda X5 Ball Joint Kit
  • Steeda Bumpsteer Kit
  • Steeda Rear Swaybar
  • Steeda Rear Swaybar billet endlinks
  • Steeda Adjustable Front Swaybar
  • Steeda Watts Linkage kit
  • Steeda 3-point Frame Rail & Torque Box Brace Kit

The interior is yet another area where this vehicle speaks performance. Inside you will find it’s interior very sleek, athletic, and totally ready for aggressive driving. From the illuminated Steeda doors sills that greet you when you open the door, the interior includes the following performance related amenities:

  • A thick, Alcantara leather wrapped steering wheel assures a firm and secure grip during performance maneuvers
  • Body hugging, adjustable, leather covered, carbon fiber backed Steeda Sport Seats
  • Safecraft Safety Equipment 6-Point Safety Harness
  • Safecraft fire extinguisher system
  • Four-point, leather wrapped DOM steel roll bar with cross bracing
  • Steeda floor mats

To plant the power to the pavement and also to ensure secure stopping power during the most aggressive conditions, the Q650 Streetfighter includes:

  • HRE Monoblock P40 wheels (20” x 9.5” front, 20” x 11” rear) with a brushed finish
  • Nitto NT05 High Performance tires (275/35 front, 315/35 rear)
  • Steeda/Baer 6-Piston High Performance Brake Package (six piston front –and- six piston rear brakes) with 15” crossed drilled and slotted rotors

The Steeda Q650 Streetfighter Edition will be available in the 1st quarter of 2010 from select Steeda Autosports authorized dealers. Look for additional updates in the near future regarding pricing and availability of this limited edition performance vehicle.

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Steeda / Ford Racing 2011 Fiesta – Sport Edition

There’s nothing like a solid performance team to get results. Steeda Autosports and Ford Racing partnered up to transform a 2011 Ford Fiesta into a serious handling and performance sedan. Over the past eight months, operating under a shroud of secrecy, the Steeda Team has been actively working with Ford Racing to develop a comprehensive performance package for the Ford Fiesta that will provide the compact sedan enthusiast a series of performance upgrades that will instill the level of performance they have come to expect from the leader of Ford performance – Steeda Autosports. With track inspired ride and handling, the Steeda / Ford Racing Fiesta will provide for many performance surprises, both on and off the track.

Using a base 2011 Ford Fiesta with the 1.6L TiVCT I4 engine and a 5-speed manual transmission as a starting point, we developed a Steeda cold air intake to provide the engine a healthy dose of fresh air for combustion. Controlling the engine/transmission, we developed a short throw shifter that allows you to assume complete and confident control without worry of missing a shift.

The real magic is under the car – that is where the Steeda Engineers worked transform its handling to a new their magic to level of performance for the model. The parts that were designed, engineered, manufactured, and tested that will be available for sale include:

  • Adjustable front coil-over springs (38mm range)
  • Rear spring adjusters (38mm range)
  • Re-tuned dampers and spring rates
  • Anti-roll bars for increased stiffness
  • Front strut tower brace for increased chassis rigidity

To bring this sport sedan to a sure stop, the Steeda/Brembo Teams co-developed a prototype four-wheel prototype disk brake application that replaces the stock front disks and rear drum brakes for sure stopping under adverse street or track conditions. With four-wheel disk brakes, this sedan not only has the right performance look, but also most importantly has the right calibrated stopping power that will not let you down when you need it most.

Other notable options on this vehicle include:

  • Borla performance cat-back exhaust system
  • Ford Custom Accessories upper rear hatch spoiler
  • Custom blacked out headlamps and front fascia LED bezels
  • Lettering Inc. custom graphic designed by Ford Corporate Design

The 2011 Ford Fiesta by Steeda Autosports and Ford Racing – jointly developed to provide the compact sport sedan enthusiast the performance parts they demand. Look for the Steeda / Ford Racing parts when the Ford Fiesta is available for sale in the summer of 2010.

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Steeda Sponsors 2010 NMRA Real Street Class

Steeda Autosports has entered into an agreement with NMRA to sponsor for the 2010 Racing Season the Real Street Drag Racing Class. NMRA, is the #1 all-Ford motorsport drag racing series in the country features seven events around the U.S. and is the #1 all-Ford motorsport drag racing event. The NMRA has the most racers, fans and sponsors as well as the largest all-cash contingency program in Ford racing with over $3,500,000 awarded annually.

This Real Street drag racing class is predominantly for small block single power adder 1979 and newer Ford Fox chassis bodied and Ford powered vehicles. Real Street entries are limited to 302, 4.6L 2-valve and 3-valve Modular engine types. Vehicles racing in this series are allowed superchargers or nitrous for power adders as well as a variety of suspension and other performance upgrades (To check out specific class rules log on to www.nmradigital.com/rules for specific information).

The official name of the class will be the Steeda Real Street presented by 5.0 Mustang Magazine.

Every NMRA event is featured in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords magazine, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, Mustang Monthly, Modified Mustang & Fords and Race Pages, the NMRA’s own in-house publication. All NMRA events are aired on national television on Inside Drag Racing, and on the web on nmratv.com.

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2010 Steeda Q350: Beyond Expectation – Beyond Compare

The annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas has always been the host of many initial unveilings of concept, pre-production, and production vehicles and 2009 was no exception.  We chose this show to reveal the new 2010 Steeda Q350 Mustang for the very first time to the worldwide media attendees that attend this show to see the latest in design and performance products.

Suffice to say – the red candy metallic Steeda Q350 stole the show when Pat Schiavoni, Ford Motor Company’s Executive Director of Design proudly awarded the Steeda Q350 with the coveted Ford Motor Company “Outstanding Design Achievement Award” acknowledging the design achievements that set the Steeda Q-Series apart from all others.  Designed in secret over a 10-month period of time with a critical eye not only for a beautiful design, but also most importantly for all out performance, the new Steeda Q-Series provides a new level of functional performance with unique styling from front to back.

On the exterior, the Steeda Q-Series sported our new front facia that has been designed, engineered, and wind tunnel tested to provide appropriate downforce at speed, and additionally to provide functional front brake cooling and for those that track/race their vehicles optional front oil coolers for the engine and power steering to ensure that those components always operate within the key performance temperature range.  At the rear a new Steeda deck mounted wing has been fine-tuned so as to provide significant downforce without robbing top end speed and a rear fascia air diffuser ensures that air exiting from underneath the vehicles flows smoothly the rejoin the vehicles slipstream without causing undue speed robbing turbulence.

On the interior, the Steeda Q350 was equipped with a bevy of racing-bred performance and luxury upgrades including an alcantara covered sport steering wheel that ensures you have a firm grip in the most demanding conditions, and our unique Steeda Sport Seat option upholstered in Steeda premium leather and molded with enhanced side and seat bolsters to support you through the most challenging turns at high speed.  On the doorsills, backlit Steeda personalized doorsill plates provide for the unique identification that you are driving a Mustang unlike any other.

From a performance perspective, the Steeda Q350 has been engineered to blow the doors off the competition – you would expect nothing less from Steeda Autosports.  In the engine compartment the naturally aspirated 4.6L V8 uses the all new Steeda Cold Air Intake with our “cool tube” technology that has been designed and engineered to maximize a cool incoming air flow into the Steeda tuned engine.  But the powertrain enhancements do not end there.  Also included are the following proprietary Steeda powertrain enhancements:

  • Steeda stainless steel cat-back exhaust
  • Steeda charge motion plate delete kit
  • Steeda under drive pulley kit
  • Steeda 90mm mass air meter
  • Steeda tri-ax short throw shifter
  • Steeda custom shift knob

The Q350 chassis also underwent a major transformation in the suspension department so as to greatly enhance it performance road manners and ensure it’s road gripping performance every Steeda vehicle is noted for.  Performance modifications include:

  • Steeda performance sport springs
  • Steeda sway bars (front and rear)
  • Steeda aluminum lower control arms
  • Steeda upper third member link
  • Steeda bump steer kit
  • Steeda double bar strut tower brace
  • Steeda g-trac bar
  • Steeda brakes with slotted rotors
    • 315.5x30mm – front
    • 300x19mm – rear

In the wheel and tire department, the Steeda Q350 was shod with Steeda low-pressure, cast and lightweight Spyder wheels (20×9.5 front & 20×11 rear) and then equipped with the best performance street tire in the market today, the famed Nitto NT05 high performance tire series (275/35/20 front & 315/35/20 rear).

The Steeda Q350 will be available for sale in the First Quarter of 2010 at select Steeda Ford Dealers nationwide. Visit Steeda.com for additional information and announcements concerning pricing and availability.

Performance Enthusiasts Note:  The Steeda Q-Series magic does not end with the Q350.  Look for the official reveal of the Supercharged Steeda Q-Series at the Los Angeles Auto Show in early December 2009 when the all new and exciting 2010 Steeda Q550 Streetfighter series will have it’s official world debut.

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Steeda Q650R: First Race – First Victory!

The Steeda Q650R – The ultimate performance Mustang bred for the race track had it’s first race this past weekend in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) South Atlantic Road Race of Champions at the Palm Beach International Raceway.    This 2.034 mile world-class road course was the perfect stage for the ultimate performance Mustang to have its debut and the Q650R lived up to the challenge!  Personally driven by Steeda President and Founder Dario Orlando, the Q650R qualified first in class and had the competition looking at it’s rear bumper the entre race as it took First Place in its initial outing.

“The Steeda Q650R outperformed the competition with ease with its breathtaking performance,” said Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports.  “From the 4.6L Vortech supercharged engine to it’s Nitto NT01 high performance tires, this race car develops all of the massive power needed to win races and the Nitto tires work perfectly in harmony with our suspension systems to plant that power to the ground with confidence.  No doubt, this is the ultimate performance Mustang.”

It should be noted that this race marked the first “official” race victory for the famed Steeda Watt’s Link Suspension System.  Developed and track tested under extreme close course testing conditions, the Steeda Watt’s Link Suspension System performed perfectly under the punishing Palm Beach International’s road course and delivered superior road holding capabilities with confidence.

Built undercover by the renown “Steeda Skunk Works Team” that is directed by the master mechanic/mastermind Steve Chichisola 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 – just another example of how Steeda Autosports continually pushes the envelope of Mustang performance for it’s performance craving customers.  And pushing the envelope was exactly what we did as the weekend’s race effort was not without drama.

Even though the car did qualify first in class, the car did suffer from a rear differential bearing failure. It is this type of severe punishment under adverse race conditions that we undertake to test our products unlike any other aftermarket manufacturer. Rest assured our Steve and our engineers are addressing the problem and once the cause of the problem is identified, it will be corrected and then incorporated into the performance parts and vehicles we produce so that you NEVER encounter a problem with your performance Mustang from Steeda Autosports.

Other key components performed perfectly as expected.  The Hawk brake pads never had a hint of brake fade as they were more than adequate at controlling the Q650R’s massive horsepower when needed.  The Tremec transmission controlled by the Steeda Tri-Ax shifter performed perfectly under the grueling pressure this winding road course presented by never missing a shift under extreme conditions.  All in all – it was more than just another victory for Steeda – it is an ongoing learning experience where our customers will benefit directly thru the quality of performance parts we develop and sell.

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Sneak Peak: 2010 Steeda Q Series Mustang

A few months ago we teased you with a disguised “sneak peak” of our latest high performance Mustang – now, in advance of it’s upcoming official debut in a few short weeks, we are pulling the wraps off and are releasing a much more revealing image of the newest, meanest, and best styled Steeda Mustang to ever rip the asphalt: The 2010 Steeda Q Mustang Series!

With an arresting exterior appearance, that includes an aggressive front air dam that incorporates ample cooling airflow while improving aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle. This new Q-Series, the result of ongoing intense development and refinement, is guaranteed to continue Steeda Autosport’s traditions of winning both on and off the racetracks.

With hundreds of hours of Computer Aided Design work completed, and extensive computer and wind tunnel analysis completed, as well as vigorous road coarse testing done in secret to avoid the prying eyes of spy photographers, we are confident that we have evoked the next evolution of our halo performance series that is completely without compromise today.

The development of this vehicle series is yet another example how the entire Team at Steeda Autosports takes great pride in designing, engineering, and manufacturing our products with the single goal of providing our discerning customers with the highest quality, race proven and track tested vehicles/components available anywhere.

“Simply put – no other car has won more races and set more records in production based classes than the Steeda Q Series of high performance Mustangs and I am confident that our 2010 version will carry on that same Steeda tradition” commented Dario Orlando, the founder of Steeda Autosports, “In all of our Q-Series of high performance Mustangs, we never compromise or take shortcuts, our customers who demand maximum performance, bullet-proof reliability, and class leading race honed styling wouldn’t have it any other way!”

This latest evolution of the limited production Q-Series Mustang series will have it’s official public debut at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 3, 2009. Follow future Press releases for complete details about its official reveal – you will not want to miss it!

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Introducing Steeda’s Lightweight K-Member

With hundreds of hours of design and engineering development work completed, and exhaustive testing done at various road courses and dragstrips around the country, the Steeda lightweight replacement K-member is simply the BEST available anywhere at any price. The only aftermarket K-Member created under strict ISO 9001-2000 certified processes, it is a no compromise approach for the serious performance handling aficionado that demands the best in an upgrade for to the front end geometry of a ’96 – ’04 Mustang GT.

Many will question: “What is a K-Member?” or “Why would I need this part?”

The answers are simple: The K-member is the large subframe that is bolted to the front portion of the Mustang unibody structure. In addition to providing necessary structural rigidity to the Mustang unibody, this subassembly also has the attachment points for the front suspension components, steering, as well as the engine. It gets it name because when it is viewed in plan view, it closely resembles the letter “K” laid down on its side.

However, if you have a desire to take the performance of your Mustang to a much higher level, then the Steeda K-Member is the foundation needed to build upon. This is because with the Steeda K-Member interface between the frame, front suspension, and engine, it allows you to make modifications,that will enhance your vehicles grip and handling predictability, improving track performance, and at the same time reducing weight and improve the vehicles rigidity.

The K-member itself does nothing for caster, camber, or bump steer adjustment. You still need caster/camber plates and a bump steer kit to adjust those things. The K-member gives you ackerman adjustment and roll center height adjustment.

Constructed of a combination of 4130 chromoly and other high strength alloy steels, this part weighs just ~32 pounds without the spring seats (for coilover setups) or ~35 pounds with the spring seats (for stock-style spring setups).  With the stock Ford K-member weighing in at a hefty ~51 pounds – this setup offers up to 19 pounds of weight savings off of the front end of your vehicle.

Weight savings are only part of the story and there are many other K-Members available in the market today – each has a particular benefit as well as particular shortcomings. The Steeda Lightweight K-Member has been designed to be suitable both on the road courses as well as the dragstrip – without compromising safety, strength, adjustability, or performance. There is a definite reason we invested a significant amount of our engineering resources to bring this product to market. We wanted to design, engineer, and manufacturer simply the BEST product available anywhere and at any price. The Steeda name on this performance part is your guarantee of the highest quality, perfect fit, and maximum overall attainable performance.

If all of this sounds a bit confusing – rest assured that the Sales Professionals at Steeda can fully explain everything you need to know about the Steeda K-Member, and can also assist you in selecting the perfect components that will make your Mustang perform up to it’s fullest potential and your expectations. Call them today at 954-960-0774 for a personalized performance consultation.

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REMINDER: 10th Annual Steeda Stampede – October 17th, 2009

Steeda Stampede 2009It is just three short weeks the Annual Steeda Stampede will be rockin’ at the Pompano Beach, Florida Headquarters of Steeda Autosports. Annually one of the biggest events that we host at our Pompano Beach facilities, this year’s Stampede, set for October 17, 2009, is guaranteed to be bigger and better, with more cars, enthusiasts, and excitement than ever before!

The festivities will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. and should continue well into the early afternoon. With a live DJ, barbeque lunch, and a multitude of cars on display there is certainly something for everyone to admire and envy. In addition, there will be thousands of dollars in give-a-way promotions and almost everyone is guaranteed to walk away with something special from this event.

In keeping with demand and expectations, Frank’s Garage will once again be open to all and will have some extraordinary products to enable you to upgrade your ride at deeply discounted prices. Items will include new and used parts, slightly scratched items, and those simply targeted for inventory reduction. Certainly there will be something to satisfy everyone’s need for speed!

Many awards will be given out during the course of the Stampede in acknowledgment of those vehicles that stand above others as being “best of show.” Additionally, for those in attendance that are inclined to show the power that their pony possesses, there will be a Dyno Pull Contest. For a mere $45 participation fee, you will be provided two separate dyno pulls, and the vehicle with the highest horsepower will receive a very special award.

So mark your calendar, and remember these event detail:

  • Date: Saturday, October 17th, 2009
  • Location: Steeda Autosports Headquarters, Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Price: $15 for pre-registrants / $20 on day of event
  • FREE 2009 Steeda Stampede T-Shirt and goodie bag with registration!
CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER

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