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Introducing: The 2013 Steeda Focus ST

Exhilarating, Responsive, and Refined

Combine Ford Motor Company’s EcoBoost power and the exhilarating performance modifications that Steeda Autosport has been famous for over two decades, the result is the 2013 Steeda Focus ST – a European-inspired performance sedan that provides a smooth responsive ride with exceptional handling characteristics thanks to the Steeda enhanced turbocharged power and the advanced Steeda G/Trac handling/suspension components.

Steeda Autosport relentlessly pushes the boundaries when it comes to performance and our work on the 2013 Focus ST was no exception. Our Engineering Team refused to accept status quo when they took a “clean-sheet” approach in developing the level of enhanced performance that our customers have come to expect from us. All of this turbocharged performance sedan engineering enhancements were developed under our strict ISO 9001-2008 Certified Processes – with the intention to provide a more refined level of handling and responsiveness that can do ample duty on the street or the track.

Debuted to the media in the Ford Motor Company corporate display at the 2012 SEMA Show, the Steeda Focus ST 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. Available powertrain modifications include a Steeda Cold Air Intake, Steeda Cat-back Exhaust, Steeda Performance Tune, and underhood cosmetics that make this Steeda Focus look, sound and go like a racer. The beefed-up Steeda G-Trac suspension with available NITTO performance tires rounds out the performance upgrades to help you grab the road and carve the corners like no other Focus ST on the road today.

Custom Steeda body graphics let everyone else on the road know that this high-performance hatchback means business. Inside, the Steeda custom leather seats make it feel as good as it looks.

An addictive drive? Try it yourself and see….visit www.steeda.com/vehicles for more information or call 954-629-1233 for information on the Steeda Certified Dealer in your area where you can get your own Steeda Certified Focus ST.

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Steeda Renews ISO Certification – Customers Benefit

Most people do not realize it, but every time they purchase a Steeda manufactured part, they are purchasing performance parts that have been designed, engineered, and manufactured under strict certification standards – ISO 9001:2008. Today in the aftermarket, Steeda Autosports stands alone as being the only Ford performance based aftermarket manufacturer that is committed to the ultimate quality in everything we do – and by being ISO Certified, you are GUARANTEED that our products are designed, engineered, and manufactured to the highest quality standard today.

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Some may not fully understand what ISO 9001:2008 Certification is and what it involves – but there is a definite reason why we stand alone in the Ford aftermarket business as the only manufacturer fully committed to providing our customers a truly quality product that they can fully trust. Achieving ISO Certification requires an unsurpassed quality level, an inordinate amount of time and financial commitment, as well as a dedication by EVERYONE at Steeda to perform at the highest quality level possible in everything they do.

BEWARE – Some companies will say that they are “ISO Compliant” – but in reality, there simply is no such thing and they are trying to confuse and defraud you. Whenever a company promotes themselves as being ISO Compliant, they are merely saying that they “believe” they meet the standards of ISO and are attempting to defraud you into thinking that they ISO Certified. Bottom Line: You are either ISO Certified or you are not….and Steeda Autosport is !!! The formal ISO Certification Process involves not only internal standards and auditing practices, but also involves a 3rd party organization who ongoing formally reviews your ISO Quality System and Guidelines and they independently CERTIFY that you meet the strict set of standards, insuring the highest level of quality and operational standards for the consumer.

For those that desire a bit more information about ISO Certifications, please take a few minutes and read the following detailed summary we have created that provides some insight into the strict nature of the certification process and the true benefits that every customer of Steeda Autosports receives:

What is ISO 9001?

Quality is something every company strives for and is often times, the highest quality level is very difficult to achieve and maintain. Complications concerning operating efficiency and product quality present themselves everyday in business, and oftentimes many companies take the easiest or less costly path – overlooking quality and customers best interest in the process. How can a company increase the quality of its products and services they provide? The answer is ISO 9001. As standards go, ISO 9001 is one of the most widely recognized in the world and is a quality management standard that presents guidelines intended to increase customer satisfaction and business efficiency. The goal of ISO 9001 is to embed a quality management system within an organization, ensuring a level of quality processes and products, and increase productivity.

How does ISO 9001 work?

ISO 9001 is set up as a collection of guidelines that help a company establish, maintain, and improve an integrated quality management system.
One important aspect of ISO 9001 is its process-oriented approach. Instead of looking at a company’s departments and individual processes, ISO 9001 requires that a company look at “the big picture” and how do these processes interact, integrate, and the level of quality that is inherent in their production. Once this process-oriented approach is implemented, various audits are done as a check of the effectiveness of their quality management system.

An independent certification body comes into an organization and evaluates it in terms of the ISO 9001 guidelines. If an organization meets the requirements of the standard, it becomes CERTIFIED in ISO 9001 and carries a seal of quality that is recognized throughout the world.

Why is ISO 9001 important?

The importance of ISO 9001 is directly related to the importance of quality. With ISO 9001, an organization can quickly identify the root of any quality issues or problems, and therefore expeditiously find an appropriate solution. This is where a consumer benefits because ISO has the customer as it’s primary focus and ensures that quality is always the key driving factor.

Correcting Issues at Their Root Cause

When problem solving, it is important to find the cause of problem in order to develop a solution. Sometimes, the most obvious cause is not the right one. This is why ISO 9001 stresses the importance of finding the root cause(s) of a problem very quickly in the process. There may be multiple, subtle reasons why a process isn’t working correctly, and finding the actual causes will lead a company one step closer to a solution and implementation of corrective actions ensuring the utmost of quality. The goal of finding root causes is to improve the way problems are managed. Becoming adept in recognizing the root causes of a problem will lead to a reduced impact, a containment of error, and the prevention of recurrence. Identifying and correcting root causes will also lead to the reduction of unnecessary efforts which in turn will lower the cost of maintaining quality. As more and more corrective actions are taken, processes will become more stable, and continual quality improvement will face less interruptions.

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Introducing: Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca

Power and Performance Redefined

Steeda Autosports has a long tradition of building beautiful, fast, and superior handling automobiles. When Ford Motor Company debuted the 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca and proclaimed that their road racing legend has returned – we naturally rose to the challenge and wanted to improve upon its already great handling and performance characteristics. At the 2012 SEMA Show in the Nitto Tire display we showcased the latest in our comprehensive line of Steeda serialized vehicles – the Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca which set yet another benchmark for all-around street and track performance.

Essentially took the best handling vehicle that Ford Motor Company makes today, tested it at the track, and then rolled it into our speed shop for a “Steeda makeover” and then went back to the track to fully test our modifications and upgrades. Suffice to say – we made the Boss 302 Laguna Seca performance substantially better, without sacrificing it’s ride qualities or NVH. All of the improvements we made contributed to enhancing it’s driving/handling dynamics are all tied to the various advanced suspension technologies that we currently offer – technologies that are all track tested under grueling the most race conditions so that they are guaranteed to perform exactly as designed without failure. All of these suspension components are available today for a wide variety of Mustangs.

Modifications that were part of the Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca included

  • Steeda Watts Linkage Kit
  • Steeda Adjustable Coil Over Suspension System
  • Steeda/Tokico D-Spec Shocks and Struts
  • Steeda Adjustable Upper 3rd Link
  • Steeda Billet Lower Trailing Arms
  • Steeda Lower Trailing Arm Relocation Brackets
  • Steeda X11 Ball Joints
  • Steeda Bumpsteer Kit
  • Steeda Adjustable Rear Swaybar
  • Steeda Competition Front Swaybar
  • Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter
  • Steeda Rear Shifter Bracket Bushing
  • Steeda “5.0” Billet Oil Separator
  • Steeda Pro-Flow Boss 302 Cold Air Intake Kit
  • Steeda Custom Boss 302 Powertrain Calibration
  • Steeda Axle Back Exhaust System
  • Steeda High Output Ignition Coils
  • Steeda Rear 13” Slotted Brake upgrade kit
  • HRE P44SC Monoblok 20×9.5 front and 20×11 billet aluminum wheels
  • Nitto NT05 Performance Tires (275/35ZR20 front, 315/35ZR20 rear)

Steeda Autosport manufactures a complete line of Steeda Certified vehicles – including Mustang V6, Mustang GT, Boss 302, and GT500 models – each of which provide enhance driving dynamics and performance. For more information visit www.steeda.com/vehicles or call 954-629-1233 for information on the Steeda Certified Dealer in your area where you can get your own Steeda Certified vehicle.

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Mark Your Calendar – 2013 Camp Steeda Driving Event

Steeda Autosports and Hooked On Driving are teaming up on April 20th and 21st 2013 to bring you the famous Camp Steeda driving experience at Palm Beach International Raceway.

Camp Steeda

This 2 day event has been voted one of our favorite yearly events by Steeda customers and this year promises to be yet another exciting and successful event. Boasting an 11-turn, 2.034-mile track design that is FIA Grade II certified, Palm Beach International Raceway’s state-of-the-art road course features fast, challenging corners and long straightaways sure to put a smile on both entry level and experienced racers alike.

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Event participants can receive professional instruction on how to enhance their driving abilities and vehicle performance capabilities. A complete weekend of pure automotive excitement and fun for everyone.

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Mark Your Calendars – The 2013 Pony Wars Are Coming!

Every spring Steeda Autosports and LSR Performance turn South Georgia Motorsports Park into a battleground for the annual Pony Wars event. This year will be no different, as the best of the best from Ford, GM, and Mopar all converge together for one of the hottest events of the year – The Pony Wars. This year the date for the Pony Wars is set for Saturday, February 9th, 2013 – so mark your calendar and get ready – it will be here before you know it.

2013 Pony Wars

So, if you have an American made Ford, GM, or Mopar car or you just want to have a great time seeing these types of cars in action, this is where you need to be. Every year this event gets bigger and no doubt this year will be one of the biggest ever, with some of the country’s best performance cars in attendance. Additionally, a full day of drag racing, and other festivities, there will also be a car show – so there is something for every one at the Annual Pony Wars event hosted by Steeda Autosports and LSR Performance….February 9th will be here before you know it !

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2013 GT500 Breaks Into The 9’s Using Steeda Parts

Putting power to the pavement in today’s high horsepower vehicles is often a daunting task for most speed enthusiasts – especially at the dragstrip and at the stoplight when every bit of traction counts and the harder you launch the faster the time. With the 2013 Shelby GT500, the 662 stock horses are no exception to this rule even with the complex traction assistance program (e.g. launch control) that Ford developed for this muscular pony. Even with the most complex electronics in the world helping you, you still need the appropriate suspension hardware that works in complete collaboration with the vehicles powertrain software, so that you can achieve the hardest launch and get that super low ET everyone wants. Recently, the team at Evolution Performance came to Steeda Autosports with the need to acquire the appropriate suspension so as to maximize the traction of a 2013 GT500 – in the quest of being the first to get a 2013 GT500 into the 9-second zone at the dragstrip.

2013 Mustang GT500

Suffice to say, these are the challenges that every mega horsepower vehicle faces and these are also the challenges that the “Speed Gurus” at Steeda Autosports conquer every day. The solution that we recommended Evolution Performance, Inc. use included the following Steeda components all specifically engineered to work together to lay the power to the pavement when the task calls for it:

  • Steeda racing lower control arms (555-4417)
  • Steeda Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets (555-8119).
  • Steeda Competition upper 3rd link (555-4113)
  • Steeda Heavy Duty Upper Chassis Mount (555-4027)
  • Steeda Adjustable Panhard Bar (555-2551)
  • Steeda Heavy Duty Panhard Bar Brace (555-2555)
  • Steeda Hardcore Anti-Roll Bar (555-8131)
  • Steeda GT500 Sport Springs (555-8217) on all four corners

5.0 Mustang CoverThe end result – a 2013 GT500 that was the very first GT500 to crack into the nine-second zone with a 9.95/142 mph on the stock supercharger! The team at Evolution decided they wanted more and with further mods to the engine have gone as quick as 9.65/149 mph. Keep in mind this was done in the summer heat, high humidity, and a car that weighed in at a hefty 3,854 lbs.

So if you have a high horsepower GT500 or other Mustang that you need to get under control for a hard launch at the stop light or at the dragstrip, look no further than Steeda Autosports for all of your performance needs. We have the perfect solution for maximizing performance with components that are specifically tuned to work together in complete harmony with each other – so if you want maximum power to the pavement, DO NOT pick and choose components at random from various manufacturers, pick an ISO9001-2008 engineered and manufactured suspension system that is guaranteed to exceed your expectations and leave others in your dust.

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Steeda Attends The Legacy of Liberty Air Show

On October 27th and 28th Steeda Autosports was proud to be invited to the Legacy of Liberty 2012 Air Show at the Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia. We would like to thank Mr. Steve Barnes, SSgt Kyle Baldwin, and especially SSgt Chris Casoria for inviting us out to participate in this awesome event. This event held annually at the base included a special performance by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds flying the mighty F-16 Fighting Falcon as well as a bevy of other state of the art and historic military aircraft.

Air Show

For the show, the speed demons at Steeda Autosports were specially invited to participate – and we naturally brought a few of our own special rides that evokes their own type of excitement. For this awesome show, we brought out an assortment of our own combat equipment – specifically, an assortment of our own high performance Steeda Mustangs that complimented very nicely the high performance jets that the Air Force had on display….granted our rides did not have anywhere near the over 30,000 pounds of thrust that each F-16 has, but nevertheless, they were leaders in performance in each of their own classes.

Air Show

We would like to thank all the wonderful people who came by to see our cars, ask us questions, and share their stories. With an attendance upward of 70,000 people over the weekend there was no shortage of fans of speed and performance both in the air and on the ground. With two beautiful days of fun, it was a great time to see old friends and meet new ones in a joint celebration of America’s Military Forces.

SteedaAn American Company Supporting the American Military