Monthly Archives: December 2009

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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