Monthly Archives: October 2012

Steeda Vehicle Program Takes Off In High Gear

The Steeda Serialized Vehicle Program – the most comprehensive new-vehicle program of any aftermarket manufacture, provides the new vehicle customer with an array of turn-key ready performance orientated vehicles that fit any performance need and budget. These vehicles all carry a unique Steeda serialization number – guaranteeing their owner that the vehicle they selected is indeed part of the Steeda family of limited edition build of vehicles manufactured only by the Number 1 Ford aftermarket remanufacturer.Each are built up to the highest standards in the industry today, deliver an enhanced driving experience, and provide the level of performance that the niche performance customer requires.

Included in every vehicle we serialize, is the same performance bred DNA that has become the hallmark of Steeda Autosport for the past 25 years – where Speed Matters. Every Steeda vehicle is ready to take on any challenge with their full complement of strategic performance modifications that elevate their handling to a completely different level. From the exclusive Steeda G/Trac Suspension Systems with fully adjustable damping abilities to the specially-tuned components that provide an exhilarating driving experience with outstanding driving dynamics, a Steeda serialized vehicle can be custom built to your own specifications and provide you with the enhanced level of performance and excitement you demand.

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Steeda vehicles include the following:

Q600 StreetFighter

Conceived as the ultimate performance Mustang destined to reign supreme in the Pony Wars, the StreetFighter can be comfortably driven daily, but has all the necessary equipment to be a weekend warrior on the racetrack or drag-strip. The Steeda StreetFighter is a total package that represents the ultimate evolution of expertise over 25-years Mustang performance engineering by Steeda Autosports. It is available with the most extensive suspension upgrades we have ever included on a production vehicle.

Q450 Enforcer

The Steeda Q450 was designed for hardcore, power-hungry performance enthusiasts who want the most Mustang muscle for their money, period. It starts with the 5.0-liter aluminum block V8 that’s a modern interpretation of the legendary Ford power plant. With a bevy of Steeda performance upgrades, this naturally-aspirated beast will churn out plenty of pure pony power to humble the competition.

Q350 Sport

When it comes to performance, the Steeda Q350 has been engineered to deliver the kind of gut-wrenching power you expect from Steeda Autosports in an affordable V6 Mustang package. The naturally aspirated 3.7L V6 features a variety of proprietary Steeda powertrain and when combined with the many standard suspension modifications, they make the Q350 a total package that delivers on the Steeda promise that Speed Matters! Overall, the Steeda Q350 has a distinctive design from front to back and delivers performance engineering that will help you blow the doors off the competition.

Steeda Focus Sport

With European heritage and a global design, every Ford Focus offers addictive driving dynamics, but the Steeda Focus Sport delivers an exhilarating experience that will satisfy even the most demanding performance junkies. On the street or on the track this unique package has the increased performance, improved handling, aggressive looks and competitive feel to make a true automotive enthusiast want to climb behind the wheel and stay there.

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Steeda Fiesta Sport

The Steeda Fiesta Sport comes standard with handling and performance upgrades to excite the most uncompromising compact car enthusiasts.. With it’s standard and available optional equipment, the Steeda Fiesta Sport is a great-looking affordable high-performance sport compact that delivers plenty of driving thrills and pays off on the Steeda promise that “Speed Matters”!

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In addition to the above vehicles, we also specially modify Mustang GT500 and Mustang Boss 302 models – each which deliver enhanced performance and driving dynamics. In the future, looks for even more vehicle under this program.

For additional information about the turn-key ready Steeda Serialized Vehicle program, please visit www.steeda.com/vehicles, you may also email: vehicles@steeda.com with specific questions, or call Rob Lefrancois at 954-629-1233.

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Steeda Wins CMC Race Series, Again!

Chris Ferraro had a remarkable season in his Steeda Autosports equipped Mustang GT this season. Competing in the 2012 Camaro-Mustang Challenge Racing Series (CMC), Chris had a remarkable PERFECT season leading up to the finals. He qualified on the pole in every race… finished in first place in every race he competed in…holds the track records at every track he raced on this season and he won the CMC National Championship – and he did it with his Steeda Autosports equipped 2005 Mustang GT.

The National Auto Sport Association Camaro-Mustang Challenge (CMC) is a highly competitive race series that brings together some of the best production based cars and drivers in head-to-head competition on various race courses in America. For the second year in a row, Steeda Autosports equipped cars have finished in the top two positions – a remarkable feet that none of our competitors have been able to match – ever! Reversing last year’s order of finishing, this year, Chris Ferraro finished on the top of the podium and Anders Sjoblom finished a very close second place, making Steeda the only aftermarket manufacture to ever accomplish a back-to-back top two podium wins at the championship runoffs in the CMC Race Series.

The CMC Finals held at the Mid-Ohio racecourse were not without some excitement as the entire season was on the line with its championship bragging rights. On Thursday’s qualifying race Chris finished first place once again with the fastest time. On Friday’s qualifying session, in anticipation of bad weather that he thought was approaching, Chris swapped out his tires to a rain set-up at the last minute, which unfortunately caused him to get to the grid late – causing him to start a half lap back on the rest of the field. Unfortunately, the rain didn’t fall during the race so Chris had to chase down the field on his wet tire set up in totally dry conditions. He did end up catching and passing the back of the pack, which was just enough points to keep him on the second row (4th place) for the Championship race. Starting from the 4th position in the Championship race, he made it to 1st place by the very first corner and held the lead until the checkered flag fell at the end of the race. On the way to his National Championship he set yet another fastest lap time and also set a new track record.

Chris has been especially supportive of the Steeda ‘s products in the past and this year is no exception. In speaking about just one of his many Steeda parts he commented: “ The Steeda Tri-Ax shifter is the best in the market – I NEVER missed a shift the entire race season – another testament to the superiority of the Steeda performance parts…..and this is the same shifter that anyone can buy for their Mustang today from Steeda directly.”

Dario Orlando, Steeda’s President adds: “I am especially proud of the efforts this season of both Chris Ferraro and Anders Sjoblom in the CMC racing series – each of them have performed exceptionally well over the past two seasons and each should be commended for their outstanding efforts, persistence, and individual driving skills. To have two fierce competitors like Chris and Anders consistently outperforming all other rivals with their Steeda Mustangs is exceptional. Congratulations to them and all of the other race drivers and Mustang enthusiasts that rely on Steeda for their performance parts, it is proof that Steeda’s “Made in America” parts are unmatched in the industry today.”

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Steeda Supports Get Your Heart Racing Event

The 2nd Annual Henry Ford Hospital Get Your Heart Racing event was once again a huge success – generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for the hospitals Heart and Vascular Institute. This event is held annually on the grounds of the super-secret Ford Motor Company Dearborn Proving Grounds, provides contributors the opportunity to drive on various track and surfaces, courses, as well as to experience hot laps with professional drivers in a variety of cars. This year, Steeda Autosports provided various performance parts that were on the one-of-one cars made for the event including the 2013 GT500 auction vehicle and the 2013 Ford Focus that was a door prize at the event.

Additionally, Steeda sponsored driver Dane Moxlow brought his Trenton Forging Boss 302s race car to the event and provided exciting hot laps around the Ford Handling Course. Equipped with a passenger racing seat and a six-point harness, attendees were able to experience first hand what it is like to be driven around the track at racing speeds – effectively getting their hearts racing !

We want to thank Dane Moxlow, Trenton Forging and their entire race team for supporting the Henry Ford Hospital with this remarkable charity event. Plans are underway for the 3rd annual event next year – look for future updates from us about this exciting event next year.

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Steeda Captures 2012 SCCA American Sedan Championship

The SCCA American Sedan Race Series is comprised of 302 and 305 CID V8 powered Mustangs, Camaros, and Firebirds and is sometimes referred to as the Super Bowl of production based vehicle racing because of the intense competition, the grass roots nature of the series and the ensuing championship run-offs. This year, the Steeda sponsored and equipped 1985 Mustang owned and driven by Ed Hosni of Galloway Ohio captured the 2012 SCCA National Championship.

Ed Hosni is the perfect example of a grass roots racer – he competes in the series just to have fun and loves the competition the series provides. Ed operates on a very limited budget, rebuilds his own engine and transmission as necessary, and even sleeps in his race trailer to save precious money. Nevertheless, he takes racing very seriously and he is fully aware that in order to win the National Championship, you have to have a competitive race car and also be able to attack the race course with complete confidence in your car. In preparing his 1985 Fox bodied Mustang for the race series, Ed worked with our own Frank Stoddard from our Sales Team and chose the following regular production parts for his competition Mustang – parts that we sell everyday to our retail customers:

  • Steeda 5-Link Suspension System
  • Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter
  • Steeda Billet Caster/Camber Plates
  • Steeda Light Weight Front Sway-Bar
  • Steeda Bump Toe Kit
  • Steeda Billet Rack Bushings
  • Steeda Clutch Quadrant and Firewall Adjuster

With his car properly set up for the race series, Ed was able to competitively compete this season, and thru persistence, hard work, determination, and intense skill, Ed was able to make it to the American Sedan National Championship that was being at the Road America racecourse in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin.

The final championship race at Road America is best described by Ed in his own words that follow:
“The start of the race was OK. Everyone in front of me pulled away a bit as I have substantially less HP then everyone else at the front of the field. On the very first lap going into Turn 5, a car spun in the middle of the track under braking and I had to go into the grass on the inside to miss the incident – this off course maneuver resulted in my getting passed by three more competitors, but luckily, I managed not to hit anything. After the incident, with my car handling so well with it’s Steeda suspension set-up, I was able to pass 2 of the 3 cars back before the end of the first lap! In the ensuing laps, I continued my passing of other cars, essentially carving up the turns and out handling everyone else as my Steeda suspension was performing at it was designed to do.

On lap 8 the full course caution came out, and without a race radio and no support crew I had no idea I was actually in second place until the pace car came out – wow was I surprised! On lap 11 the green flag dropped and the race leader got a good start and pulled me down the straight, but I caught him quickly in the brake zone. With the tight turns, I knew I had a shot at the win, all I had to do was continue to out handle him and fill his mirrors the next few laps until I had the perfect moment to pass. There was no doubt that he was clearly blocking with multiple moves at almost every corner and while I was picking my spot, the third place car had managed to catch up to me.

As we entered the last corner, I over slowed a bit to make sure I got the best run I could coming off the corner. As we got to the hill I purposely went inside and the leader then threw yet another block, I countered with a maneuvered to crossed over to the outside almost hitting him. When I crested the hill, I saw the starter holding the checkered flag. I seriously didn’t know it was the last lap of the race – I must have missed the white flag as I was so close in the draft the previous lap. As we approached the finish line, I was in first place with the second place car just a tenth of a second behind me. Wow !”

Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports had the following to say about Ed’s amazing victory: “Steeda Autosports salutes Ed Hosni, the 2012 SCCA American Sedan National Champion and his 1985 Fox bodied Steeda equipped Mustang and all of the other racers and enthusiasts that rely on Steeda performance parts for their racing and also for their street cars. This is a really significant win in a race series that essentially uses production based vehicles – as it exemplifies the growing grass roots motorsports racing program in the United States.”

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