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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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