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   2011 Mustang Breaks 11 Second Barrier With Cold Air Intake

Recently one of our 2011 Steeda Mustangs equipped with our proprietary Steeda Cold Air Intake, a Steeda Performance Tune, and Nitto 275/40/17 NT05 Drag Radials blasted down the quarter mile at the South Georgia Motorsports Park with an unbelievable time of 11.96 seconds at over 115 mph !

The Mustang GT 5.0 was driven by our own Scott Boda, Steeda’s Director of Manufacturing, and was running a stock exhaust system, 3.73 gears from the factory, and all of the other stock Mustang equipment.  The Steeda performance tune that made the engine sing was part of our Cold Air Intake/Tune package that provides better throttle response so the rpms do not hang up between shifts, a slightly increased RPM range, and increased power that ensured the ‘Stang would trip the lights at the quarter at a stout 7600 rpm in 4th gear.    The result was simply amazing and shows how with a simple and relatively small investment, a stock 2011 Mustang can be transformed into a sub 12 second performance machine.

Sure there are some faster cars out there – but most of those cars are heavily modified and are running nitrous oxide or have an expensive blower system installed – this was a 2011 5.0L Mustang transformed with simple – yet effective Steeda Autosport modifications that made the already quick 2011 Mustang into a complete asphalt ripping Mustang!

The principal modification that enabled this feat was the Steeda Cold Air Intake developed exclusively for the 2011 5.0L Mustang.  Readers of these releases in the past already know that we take engineering and development of our performance parts and equipment very seriously.  That is why Steeda Autosports, the world’s largest aftermarket manufacturer of Ford performance equipment, is so highly regarded on the track, strip and on the street.  Once again we are leading the performance market with our High Velocity Cold Air Intake (CAI) which was engineered and designed, under our ISO Certified engineering and manufacturing processes.

This high performance CAI effectively opens up the intake system of Ford’s new five-liter power plant and allows it to breath much more freely than the stock intake system allows – effectively taking the 2011 5.0L Mustang to the next level of muscle car performance.

How did we do it?  Well to ensure the densest air charge possible we retained the factory cold air feed ducting from the front bumper and sealed the stainless steel shield to the hood to prevent any hot air from being sucked in from around the engine compartment.  Other manufacturers have chosen to ignore the factory cold air ducting which is key to keeping the lowest air charge temperatures possible. Also, we added a billet aluminum velocity stack and high flow air filter ensure a clean, cool, streamlined air charge straight to the engine. The new high flow “ProFlow” intake tube provides the necessary ports to retain the factory noise tube and PCV tubes.

This Cold Air Intake is so effective at improving airflow into the five-liter engine that a performance tune is not just recommended, it is required for maximum performance. In an effort to maximize performance and provide our customers with only the very best products we have partnered with the leader in automotive tuning – SCT Performance.

Combined with the required custom tune using an SCT X3 Flash programming device we have achieved dramatic power increases of up to 44hp and 52ft/lbs of torque! While these are peak numbers, the actual power increase is spread throughout the entire rpm range so your increased performance is available on demand in any gear at virtually any rpm!

With easy bolt in installation, 44 additional horsepower, and 53 additional ft/lbs of torque, this is one performance add on that provides increased power throughout the entire RPM range.

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