Monthly Archives: March 2013

Steeda Autosport Leads in Technology Sharing and Quality

The relationship between Steeda Autosports and Ford Motor Company has its roots back to the inception of Steeda when we first opened our doors with our collaboration with Ford on many performance based projects and vehicles. Later, when Ford Motor Company was launching the ground breaking Ford/SEMA Technology sharing program, Steeda Autosports was a leader in this initiative, participating on the advisory/steering committee and actively drafting the program scope so achieve the greatest possible benefit to Ford performance enthusiasts. With a primary focus on vehicle and component quality, this initiative was the first time in automotive history where this “secret” information was made available to the aftermarket.

Steeda Mustang on Display in Fords SEMA Booth

Steeda Mustang on Display in Fords SEMA Booth

The Ford/SEMA Technology Initiative Sharing Program ensures a robust exchange of key technical and testing information related to Ford vehicles. At Steeda, before we sell any new part, we take extra steps to ensure that our parts will not cause a related or unrelated component failure where your new car warranty could potentially be jeopardized. Whenever you see the Steeda name on a product it is YOUR GUARANTEE that that part is the highest quality available, and that it has been made to ensure that the integrity and value of your new car is not compromised. Designed, engineered, and manufactured under exceptionally strict ISO 9001:2008 guidelines, our parts exceed most new car warranty requirements and are proudly made here in the USA.

Steeda President Discussing Product Development With Edsel Ford

Steeda President, Dario Orlando, Discussing Product Development With Edsel Ford II

Today, Steeda Autosports remains one of the most active participants in this program, and we are the ONLY participant to ever participate in the powertrain calibration portion of the program – validating our dedication and commitment to being an evolutionary leader in Ford performance today.

Steeda Focus ST on Display in Fords SEMA Booth

Steeda Focus ST on Display in Fords SEMA Booth

One should have caution however when purchasing other aftermarket parts and accessories from other manufacturers and retailers. You should make sure that whatever part you are buying is made under these strict certified guidelines to ensure their quality. Question to see that if their part fails and subsequently causes a Ford warranted part to fail they will stand behind and warrant the Ford part on your behalf.

An In-house Steeda Engineer Designing Product using SEMA Tech Transfer Provided Information

An In-house Steeda Engineer Designing Product using SEMA Tech Transfer Provided Information

Do some investigation and make sure that the aftermarket company you are considering purchasing from has a current ISO 9001:2008 certification. Question whether their parts are manufactured offshore in developing countries or in substandard facilities. Ask them why are their parts made overseas. The real answer is readily apparent – because it is cheaper and it gives them a higher profit margin. Remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Is a foreign-made substandard part what you really want to put on your American performance vehicle? At Steeda Autosports, we have an ISO 9001:2008 certified, state of the art manufacturing facility in Valdosta, Georgia and we are fully committed to ensuring that every part you purchase from us is the absolute best it can be.

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At Steeda: We Race – You Win

What differentiates Steeda Autosports from most other manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of performance parts and accessories is that we are on the racetrack almost every weekend – actively testing and validating our parts and vehicles and showcasing that at Steeda – Speed Matters. From racetracks, to dragstrips, and even “unofficially” at the occasional stop light, we believe that you have to actively need to live and breathe motorsports to have the credibility one needs in this business today to design, manufacture and sell performance parts and accessories.

Proving this point, this past weekend was just one example of how on most weekends, racetracks all around America are filled with with Steeda prepared vehicles, and with vehicles that use Steeda performance parts. Additinally, many of our close friends and our employees are out there racing, showcasing that we indeed are very serious about Ford performance.

The NMRA Spring Break Shootout this past weekend at the Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton Florida started the 2013 drag racing season with plenty of excitement and fanfare. With perfect weather and packed stands, Scott Boda – Steeda’s Director of Manufacturing took his red Steeda equipped 1990 Mustang LX to Bradenton and ran the fastest time ever in his car, 8.79@155mph with a 1.34 sixty foot on the back tires!! There was no doubt that the Steeda suspension system was definitely working out there this weekend as Scott’s times were good enough for him to finish in 1st place in the 9 second bracket and 4th overall in Tremec True Street against some more powerful cars. It was the largest True street field ever for Bradenton with 117 cars!

Also at the NMRA Event, Steeda customer Chris Parisi stated the season perfectly by winning the Tremec True Street Class with his 2007 Steeda equipped V6 Mustang. With over 149,000 miles on the odometer, this car is Chris’ daily driver and he races it whenever he can in the NMRA Series. Over the years, Chris has been able to sharpen his skills and greatly improve his consistency in competition. An example of that is his killer launch times of .014 in qualifying and .012 in the first round. Suffice to say, Chris is starting the season strong by winning his class and we are hopeful once again this year that Chris will also win his class championship one more time!

Steeda/Nitto Tire driver John Urist of Albuquerque, New Mexico was competing at the NMRA event in the Street Outlaw class. Running a 94mm turbo in the nose of his car, he was able to make it thru three rounds of eliminations, going into the final round. When all was said and done, John had an amazing run of 7.424 at 192.06mph, but even that was not good enough as he finished a very close second by a blink of an eye.

Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida was also very busy this past weekend with The Florida Region of the SCCA racing and also the South Atlantic Road Racing Championship’ (SARRC) Series there with a ‘double event”. Each morning had its own qualifying session, followed by a 30 minute race in the afternoon.
There was also a separate 90 minute Enduro Race on Saturday afternoon that featured mandatory pit stops and driver changes.

For SCCA event, our own Steeda Sales Professional Rod Wiliamson brought out his Steeda equipped 1994 Mustang Cobra for a weekend of racing excitement. Competing against other Mustangs and Camaros in the American Sedan Class, Rod was able to finesse his car and finish in 1st place in his class on Saturday and also 1st place on Sunday. Not bad for the cars first season outing of the year!

For the Enduro portion of the Palm Beach International Raceway event, our own Glen Vitale, Steeda Autosport’s Vice President of Operations was there to represent Steeda. Glen is no stranger at the racetrack, he has been racing for over 24 years and when he is not directing the operations at Steeda, he is usually behind the wheel of one of his cars. This time he left his Steeda Certified GT500 and the Steeda Q650 race cars in the barn, and took out his Steeda prepared 1990 Mazda Miata out for some enduro fun around the challenging track. In qualifying he realized that he was spinning the right rear tire on hard right hand turns causing him to lose some drive coming out of the corners hurting his speed on the ensuing straightaways – a sure sign of a differential problem. Even with this problem, Glen and his car were still good enough to qualify not only 1st in his class but 1st overall for the endurance race.

Glen knew going into the 1.5 hour race that he could win not only his class but he could capture the overall win if the cars differential stayed together. When the race started he maintained his lead on the start and led the pack for the 1st lap. On the 2nd lap the 2nd place car, trying very hard to match his corner speed, ended up going off track, hitting the wall and destroying the left front corner of their car. This brought out a caution to clean up the remnants of his car and allowed Glen to take it easy on the wounded differential. When the race went back to green he managed maintained a steady pace, 1st place in class but he fell to 2nd place overall. With 30 minutes left the 1st place overall car ended up on the side of the track broken, and a car spun causing a full-course caution. With the entire pack now on Glen’s bumper, when the green flag dropped, it was a dash to the finish with the lead he had built up essentially gone. Suddenly, his battery light was on indicating that the alternator was not charging. Turning off his cool suit and race radio, he conserved his electrical load putting all available juice to power his ignition. When the checkered flag dropped – Glen was 1st in class and 1st overall – beating 21 rivals and making him undefeated in his class at PBIR for the last four enduro races held there.

Congratulations to all of the racers that fly the Steeda colors and trust us for their performance needs.

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NMRA Season Opener – Bradenton Motorsports Park

The NMRA blasts into the 2013 season with guns blazing, starting the year off right at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, over the weekend of March 7-10, 2013. As the traditional jumping-off point for the NMRA season, Bradenton always brings record-setting weather and a great racing surface to the NMRA competitors and Steeda Autosports and Nitto tire will be right there with our corporate displays!

Steeda Mustang

The NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals Series has a little bit of everything for the racing fan – from the hardcore Street Outlaw class that features turbo- and supercharged door-slammers that are capable of burning up the quarter-mile, to the heavy hitters of the Renegade class shooting for glory with their state-of-the-art small-block Ford engines. Fans and racers alike wait all winter for this event to take place, so make sure you’ve got your seat in the stands to be a witness to it all.

Steeda Mustangs

At this race, Steeda and Nitto Tire sponsored John Urist will be proudly defending his championship and will be running his Fox bodied 1993 Mustang LX Coupe. Powered with a 420 CID Windsor engine with over 35 PSI of hard charging forced induction, John’s Mustang puts out an estimated 2000 horsepower… enough gallop power to propel his pony down the quarter mile into the mid seven second range with speeds approaching 200 miles per hour.

Steeda & Nitto at Bradenton

Steeda Autosport President Dario Orlando comments: “We are hopeful that John will continue to dominate this highly competitive drag event once again this year. The Steeda Autosports Team is proud to be a sponsor of John’s and contribute to his ongoing racing success. John’s outstanding success is indicative of the commitment that he and his race team and Steeda Autosports Team has towards dominating drag racing.”

Steeda Mustang

The NMRA Bradenton event will also feature a 2013 Ford Racing Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Steeda Dealer Jacky Jones Ford. Spring Break Shootout fans are in for an extra special treat at this year’s event as the Ford factory racecars will compete for top honors. Attendees will be able witness one of the largest gatherings of Cobra Jets parked together in what NMRA calls the “snake pit.” Several times each day the snakes will hit the track for the ultimate Blue Oval slugfest of power and performance. These Ford-built racecars will put on a high speed show all weekend long in search of glory and bragging rights for winning the Cobra Jet Showdown!

Steeda Mustang

For more information about the NMRA event in Bradenton, click on: http://www.nmradigital.com

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