Monthly Archives: February 2010

First Annual Stampede North a Huge Hit!

The first annual Steeda Stampede of Valdosta occurred on Saturday, February 13, 2010.  Patterned after the immensely successful Steeda Stampede that occurs every fall in Florida, this season opening event was a huge success – one that will surely be repeated next year.  From the kick-off festivities the evening preceding the event, the tour of Steeda’s new Valdosta facilities, the 30 mile vehicle stampede to South Georgia Motorsports Park, or the heads-up drag racing – there was something for everyone that appreciates the speed and performance vehicles!

The event started on Friday evening when the Steeda loyalists invaded the local Valdosta Georgia B-Dubs for an evening of food, drink, and camaraderie.  Local radio station Hot 102.7 FM promoted the Stampede and announced special promotional packages opportunities to everyone that joined the party.  Mother nature tried to stop the party by showering the area with a rare South Georgia snowfall – a feat that hadn’t happened for over 20 years – but that did not stop anyone from making the most of the event.

On Saturday, the sky was clear, the snow was gone, and the spirits were high.  Everyone arrived at Steeda’s Valdosta facility early to enjoy the really great breakfast provided by the local Chick-fil-A.  After everyone’s personal fuel tanks were replenished, they were treated to a special tour of the 100,000 sq. ft. Steeda facility were Engineering, Manufacturing, Assembly, Warehousing, and Distribution operations occur.  Also on display were a bevy of Steeda performance vehicles including the new 2010 Steeda Q series (Q550 Streetfighter and Q350), the Steeda Q650R competition racer, a Steeda Certified GT500, and the recently introduced Steeda/Ford Racing 2011 Fiesta.

Next, a long procession of Steeda and Ford performance vehicles embarked on the thirty-mile trek to South Georgia Motorsports Park.  Led in procession by the 2010 Steeda Streetfighter Edition Mustang, the entire contingent was a sight to behold.  Seeing all of the raw horsepower all lined up and traveling together was a sure traffic stopper for the locals who were experiencing a Steeda Stampede for the very first time.

At the South Georgia Motorsports Park the weather was cool, the track was dry, and the excitement was everywhere.  As part of the 1st Annual Pony Wars dragstrip event that pits Ford, Chevy, and Mopar vehicles together, there was heads-up drag racing aplenty.  The pavement was initially heated up by grudge match racing using the standard Christmas Tree lights – then the cars were divided into performance classes, the Christmas Tree starting lights were covered leaving only the staging lights visible – and then the entire event boiled over when the beautiful girls of the local Hooters became the official starter of every race.  Drag racing – Steeda style…it just does not get any better than this!

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SteedaSpeed Matters

Steeda Q650 – The ZR1 Killer

The setting was the South Georgia Motorsports Park

A typical Saturday afternoon at the dragstrip

Air temperature was in the mid to high 60s.

An impromptu “need” to blast down the quarter mile

Steeda’s Scott Boda takes the keys of the Steeda Q650

Vehicle staged

Tri-Ax shifter firmly in grip

Engine roars

Yellow lights countdown

Green lights shine

Clutch engages

The Steeda Q650 launches

The Steeda “road racing” suspension provides a stout stance

Nitto NT05R provide a firm grip to the asphalt…

Finish line appears out of nowhere

The result:  a 10.788 at 133.63mph in the Boss’ car….

Now that is what we call a “Priceless” moment

One of the Fasted Naturally Aspirated Stangs Anywhere

David Stauder and Josh Klugger are men on a mission – the mission is to build one of the fastest naturally aspirated 3-Valve Mustangs – one that would easily break into the 11 second and even tap into the elusive 10 second range down the quarter mile.

Obviously, whenever you are building a serious go-fast drag car, every little speed trick matters.  When time is measured in hundredths of a second and speed is measured in hundredths of a mile per hour, everything must be dialed in perfectly or your speed dreams can be shattered.  In a naturally aspirated engine it is especially true that the airflow in and out of the engine needs to be the very best it can be, or you will just not achieve maximum engine performance.  Any restriction, turbulence, or even a strange nuance can adversely affect your engine’s peak performance and have a negative effect on your vehicle’s performance down the quarter.

David and Hurricane Performance, did an outstanding job building this go-fast pony.  They hand selected components and took absolutely no shortcuts in their quest for maximum performance.  When it came time for the induction system, they evaluated almost every Cold Air Intake available in the market today.  Running back-to-back dyno tests it became obvious that there was one Cold Air Intake that simply outperformed all others.  That Cold Air Intake was none other than the Steeda High Velocity Cold Air Intake.

Their choice does not surprise us because each and every cold air intake application we offer (1996 – current model years) is the result of exhaustive testing and engineering done under strict ISO 9001-2008 guidelines to ensure the highest level of performance, quality, drivability, and durability.  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.

David now has his sights on a brand new 2011 Mustang with the new 5.0L engine (having sold his current car recently to Josh at Hurricane Performance).  It is a very safe bet that his new car will also have a Steeda Cold Air Intake!

Recently Josh Klugger while piloting this naturally aspirated 2006 GT, won the Pro Sixteen Class at the Steeda sponsored Pony Wars held at South Georgia Motorsports Park.

A while back we released a detailed story of what goes into every Steeda Cold Air Intake.  In the interest of keeping everyone informed, following is a summary of the release entitled: “The Steeda Difference – Facts you should know before you buy a Cold Air intake”:

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.

Airbox Turbulence

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.

Steeda Cold Air IntakesThe BEST available anywhere!

Steeda Renews ISO Certification

Steeda Autosports, who in 2007 achieved the ISO 9001:2000 Certification by developing a Quality Management System (QMS) that is fully registered with the strict International ISO Standard of Quality, has been officially re-certified as being in full compliance with the most prestigious ISO 9001:2008 standards and requirements.  This Quality Management System documents the company’s best business practices so as to better satisfy the requirements and expectations of its customers and improve the overall management of the company.

Steeda President and founder Dario Orlando “I am especially proud of the entire Steeda Team with their commitment to our customers by achieving this higher and enhance quality standard.  There is no other exclusive Ford aftermarket supplier that has achieved this level of quality certification – not even Shelby, Roush Performance Parts, or Saleen has achieved ISO Certification – let alone this most prestigious level we have obtained.”

With ISO 9001:2008 certification, detailed quality planning is required before any new products or processes are implemented.  Once implemented, this same quality planning ensures the highest level of quality is maintained and continually improved upon.  While ongoing quality assessments were always part of the routine at Steeda Autosports, the qualitative and quantitative routines that are part of the ISO certification form a guarantee to our customers that whenever they purchase a Steeda part, accessory or serialized vehicle, they are guaranteed of the highest level of quality available.

Glen Vitale, Steeda Autosport’s Vice President of Operations and ISO Main Quality Representative added: “At Steeda, quality is a “culture” and ISO 9001:2008 quality is an all important accreditation for us to achieve.  Our entire Engineering, Manufacturing, Warehousing, and Distribution Teams continuously work above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our quality management system is second to none – all with a customer based focus!”

The ISO 9001:2008 certification process is a comprehensive quality management system within wherein outside auditors do extensive independent audits to ensure continued compliance for manufacturing ensuring that a quality system is maintained and continually improved upon. As a result, through the use of the quality policy, quality objectives, audit results, analysis of data, corrective and preventative action and management review, Steeda can guarantee only the very best quality goes into every Ford performance product we produce.

Steeda Quality - ISO 9001:2008 Certified