Monthly Archives: November 2009

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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