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Stangs Storm Sebring International Raceway at the Track Guys Camp Steeda Driving Event Mustang Track Attack

Stangs Storm Sebring International Raceway at the Track Guys Camp Steeda Driving Event Mustang Track Attack

Stangs Storm Sebring International Raceway at the Track Guys Camp Steeda Driving Event
Mustang Track Attack

Evan J. Smith

Team celebrated Memorial Day putting horsepower to the ground at Sebring International Raceway at the 15th Annual Camp Steeda, which was put on by Track Guys Performance Driving Events. More than 120 participants ran the full course for two days of fun in the Florida sun at the premier race facility that hosts the popular 12 Hours of Sebring. Track Guys is a real driving school that offers classroom education for new and beginner drivers, and a fair amount of passing is allowed. Participants are broken up into four groups so you are always out there with drivers in your skill and talent level.

We teamed up with Steeda Autosports to drive its finely tuned ponies, including the yellow Q650 we reviewed last year and the new Steeda EcoBoost Mustang. The Q650 was now making more power and was fitted with rear coilovers, refined front suspension, and a few other tricks.

Stangs Storm Sebring International Raceway at the Track Guys Camp Steeda Driving Event Mustang Track Attack

We arrived Friday, May 27, and took in the amenities at the Chateau Elan, a racing-themed hotel that is on the property of the track. It is always fun catching up with Mustang owners and taking about modifications, horsepower, and racing. Racers prepped their rides, and we got a close look at everything from race-prepped Fox-body Stangs to a 1993 SVT Cobra and a half-dozen Shelby GT350 Mustangs. Of course, there were also GT500s, Bosses, and tons of GTs. We also saw some nice Shelby GTs, a Bullitt, and a few non-Fords.

We hit the track bright and early Saturday, and after the obligatory drivers meeting we were blasting into Turn 1 with the Steeda EcoBoost Mustang. This Competition Orange Ford was fitted with the G-Trac suspension and upgraded brake pads and was putting just about 400 hp to the ground.

We expected to be eaten alive by the sea of V-8–powered Mustangs and Corvettes in our group, but amazingly we passed everyone in sight. While we didn’t have the power to pull anyone down the straights, we could close the gap under braking and we had big-time momentum in the corners. The nose is ultralight, and planting the tires with late-braking gives you a very high level of grip on initial turn-in. We found ourselves pushing really hard, and the Mustang remained composed and balanced. In just a few laps we passed a Corvette, a GT500, and (we believe) two GT350s. We are sure they had no idea we were only packing four cylinders.

Stangs Storm Sebring International Raceway at the Track Guys Camp Steeda Driving Event Mustang Track Attack
Stangs Storm Sebring International Raceway at the Track Guys Camp Steeda Driving Event Mustang Track Attack

Next up was the refined Q650. This Mustang, with almost 700 rwhp, Hoosier slicks, and big brakes, was an entirely different animal. We went out slow, wanting to get a feel for the car (read: we didn’t want to stuff Steeda’s Mustang into the wall). But after a few laps we ramped up to about 80 percent and were flying. The Q650 is really at home on the track. It has a wonderful balance of power, grip, and handling feel, but most impressive is the control you have. Steeda has truly made it easy for the average driver to get on track with a street car and experience race-car performance. The car is stable under braking and doesn’t so much as wiggle under you when loaded in the corners. You simply brake, turn in, unwind your steering, and roll into the power—no fuss, no muss. Around you, drivers are spotting you in the mirror and pointing you by.

We could exit Turn 16 over 80 mph and reach 145 mph down the back straight, still leaving plenty of room to brake. At the limit, and with a more experienced driver, 150 would be no problem.

Still, performance driving is more about learning to control the car under braking, cornering, and acceleration. And the Steeda suspension enhances the IRS capabilities and lets you get out there and experience reduced body roll, less nose dive under braking, and big grip in the corners and during corner exit. Of course the slicks enhanced performance, but they don’t give the car any additional balance.

Unfortunately we couldn’t spend all of our time driving; we had to get out there to capture the action of all the participants. We walked around the pits and took in the racing from some of the best corners in motorsports. It is always fun watching other drivers’ lines and listening to the variety of engines and exhaust as they blast down the long straights.

Stangs Storm Sebring International Raceway at the Track Guys Camp Steeda Driving Event Mustang Track Attack


Driving Impressions of the 640 RWHP S550 Steeda Q650

Evan Smith recently had the opportunity to get some seat time with our Guard Metallic S550 Steeda Q650 pumping out 640 RWHP! First seen at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Steeda’s Q650 Ford Mustang had a powerful impact on enthusiasts. The deep metallic paint, aggressive styling, lowered stance and HRE Performance wheels wrapped in Nitto Invo tires got hearts racing. Combined with the Whipple supercharger and Steeda modifications, this high-horsepower 5.0 Mustang had the makings of a street/track superstar.


Recently, Evan got his hands on the Guard Green SEMA Mustang for a day of cruising in south Florida. The weather was perfect and we hit the streets for a little supercharged fun. Like the previous 2015 Steeda Q650 Mustang that he tested at Sebring International Raceway last summer, this model had the full G-Trac suspension and several power upgrades. The suspension included Steeda’s linear Sport Springs, fore and aft anti-roll bars with billet mounts, IRS Bushing Support system, Camber Plates, Adjustable Differential Bushing Inserts, Billet Aluminum Vertical Links, Adjustable Rear Toe Links, IRS Subframe Support Braces, Bumpsteer kit, upgraded Hawk brake pads, and HRE Classic Series 303 20-inch wheels with Nitto Invo tires. The leather interior remained mostly stock, but was enhanced with Steeda new Tri-Ax shifter designed to “eliminate shifter buzz,” as Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports stated.


“The S550 suspension is amazing, but there’s room for improvement,” said Orlando. “Our goal is to develop parts that improve handling, but don’t ruin ride quality. We design and manufacture our own parts, so each Steeda package is tested and ready to perform. We’ll evaluate the parts through a multitude of basic driving tests, then do on-track testing to get the perfect balance. And it all works like a system, so you can add parts as your budget allows, or we can build a complete serialized Steeda vehicle for you. Ultimately, we strive to satisfy enthusiasts looking for a Mustang that can be used as a daily driver or capable weekend track racer,” he added



In contrast to the Yellow 2015 screamer, which was boosted by a Vortech, this Guard monster has a Whipple 2.9L Twin-Screw supercharger, finished with a black crinkle finish and sealed air box. Teamed with the Steeda Performance Exhaust System, the combination sounds great and developed amazing power from tip-in-to-redline.



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Steeda Introduces New 2016 Police Pursuit Mustangs

Featuring Dramatically Improved Handling & Performance for First Responders

Steeda’s 2016 line of Police Pursuit Mustang Concepts create the ultimate blend of speed and handling for Police, Special Service, and Government Operations.

Steeda Police Pursuit Mustang - Marked

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‘Speed Matters’ means much more at Steeda than just a slogan – that’s why we went ‘all-in’ with the Steeda Pursuit Mustangs. We know pursuit isn’t like the movies – it’s serious business and the aim is to end it quickly and safely. That means patrol officers need a vehicle with quick acceleration, stout top end, unmatched handling capabilities, and stop-on-a-dime braking abilities. We have been discretely building Marked, Unmarked and Special Service Vehicles for over 20 years for Local and State agencies, Special Forces Operations, and other Washington DC based governmental agencies, and we can easily integrate any required components to assure that our packages exceed specific agency mission requirements.

“The Steeda Police Pursuit Vehicles are tested and proven law enforcement vehicles that reflect the do-anything commitment of Law Enforcement Agencies,” said Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports, “We’ve selected specific components from that have been extensively race & track-tested – leaving nothing to chance for law enforcement agents.”

Our unmarked ‘undercover series’ pursuit Mustang offers the stealthy profile important for discrete patrol or surveillance and all of our undercover vehicles are purposely void of any exterior Steeda badging or nomenclature – optimized for undercover. If you want to go heavy duty and maintain discreteness – the Steeda Undercover Pursuit Vehicle is your best choice.

Our marked ‘black & white’ pursuit Mustangs provide the high profile sometimes needed for local patrol or aggressive city or highway pursuit when it matters most.

Marked or Unmarked
Steeda Pursuit Mustangs deliver increased horsepower and torque to provide greatly enhanced acceleration and top speed when it’s needed most. Built on our Q500 and Q750 platforms, our heavy-duty track and race-tested suspension and powertrain components are specifically designed to withstand the most severe punishment the job can deliver while providing unparalleled power, handling and control. Special Nitto high-performance tires maximize grip in both dry and wet conditions.

Steeda 2016 Police Interceptor Mustang - Unmarked

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Steeda Pursuit Mustangs are made in the USA specially for police/undercover duty and can be custom built to any bid specification. They are compatible with most commercially available police equipment and specialized ballistic protection options and are built with Steeda performance parts manufactured under rigorous ISO 9001:2008 Certified Quality Standards. So, whether you’re reeling in a runner on the highway or closing fast on an urban emergency, we’ve got a Steeda Pursuit Mustang that can outperform anything else on the road today.

The Steeda Pursuit Mustangs are available immediately for sale from a select network of dealers worldwide under the Steeda Performance Vehicle Program. Be sure to check out for additional information.

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2016 Steeda Q750 StreetFighter Debuts at SEMA

Production Vehicle Features Dramatically Improved Handling and a Heart-Pounding 777 hp

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Steeda Autosports, the world’s largest aftermarket manufacturer of Ford performance equipment, is once again leading the charge in the performance market with the introduction of the 2016 Steeda Q750 StreetFighter Edition at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

Background – The Q750 StreetFighter delivers on our promise that Speed Matters™ and is the result of the collaboration of Steeda engineers working closely with leading industry performance companies including: Nitto Tire, Whipple Superchargers and Tremec Transmissions. The Q750 effectively advances the 2016 Mustang to an unprecedented level of handling and overall performance in a production-ready and CARB certified package that is available for sale immediately!





Details – With the mantra that maximum performance means more power, traction and refinement, the Steeda Q750 StreetFighter is one of the finest performance Mustang available today. Superbly designed and engineered, it’s equipped with proprietary Steeda performance parts that are designed, engineered and manufactured under strict ISO 9001:2008 certified standards. That’s why we stand behind it with a 3 year/36,000 mile limited warranty.

Features included in the Steeda StreetFighter are:
– Proprietary Steeda G/Trac Suspension components which includes the most comprehensive suspension enhancements available for the S550 Mustang. Together, these Steeda components provide an unmatched level of overall performance, handling and traction that completely transform the handling of the Mustang. The Steeda components in this package include:

– Adjustable Front and Rear Sway Bars
– Billet Aluminum Front and Rear Sway Bar Mounts
– Progressive Sport Springs
– IRS Bushing Support System
– IRS Subframe Alignment Kit
– IRS Billet Aluminum Vertical Links
– IRS Subframe Support Braces
– Adjustable IRS Differential Bushing Inserts
– Bumpsteer Kit
– Camber Plates
– Adjustable Rear Toe Links
– And much more…


– Steeda Aerodynamic Package consisting of a custom front fascia with an aggressive lower chin spoiler and rear spoiler.

– Velgen VMB9 wheels with a staggered fitment of 20”x9” and 20”x10.5” are low pressure cast and are ultra lightweight in a satin finish.

– Nitto NT555-G2 Summer Ultra High Performance tires that improve upon everything that made the NT555 so successful and was designed specifically for contemporary high-performance cars. Nitto Tire is driven by passion and innovation and they integrate into every tire they manufacture cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art development, quality engineering and rigorous testing. Their tires provide improved traction on both wet and dry roads and inspire driver satisfaction.

– Whipple 2.9L twin-screw front feed supercharger system that produces incredibly reliable 777 horsepower, utilizing a massive air-to-water intercooler, oversized Crusher Air System and innovative PCM programming that keeps the powertrain safe and secure. This Whipple Supercharger system delivers an awesome balance of power at any RPM, from tip in at idle to full redline, while maintaining perfect control and driveability. Equipped with a unique, fully CARB certified PCM calibration that reconfigures all the necessary engine functions including fuel, spark, knock detection, torque management, and electronic throttle control – the calibration constantly tracks the engine’s torque output while monitoring many different parameters to keep the engine in its ideal parameters.


– First ever production integrated TREMEC® Magnum XL™ 6-Speed Manual Transmission System in the S550 Mustang delivering shifting as it should be—positive, precise, and confidence-inspiring. Based on the highly acclaimed TR-6060™, the transmission is constructed with high horsepower in mind. However, unlike TREMEC’s more docile OEM products, the XL unleashes the TR-6060’s true performance potential with features like a direct-mount short-throw shifter, beefy 31-spline output, race-proven slip yoke rear interface, and ‘blowproof’ steel clutch housing for added safety. Combined with the TREMEC-spec’d twin disc clutch and lightweight aluminum flywheel, the result is a true driver’s delight—hard-hitting, visceral, and extremely fun to operate.


Delivering an unbeatable combination of speed and handling like you’ve never seen, and utilizing every bit of suspension magic that we have developed in our ISO 9001:2008 certified processes, the overall handling, acceleration, and performance of the S550 Mustang platform is taken to an unprecedented level of performance and refinement.

“The Steeda Q750 StreetFighter is the culmination of our 28 years of uninterrupted and continuous refinement of the Mustang platform.” said Dario Orlando, President Steeda Autosports. “This is without a doubt, the absolute finest and best integrated performance automobile that we have ever produced, effectively taking the Mustang to new heights never before reached.”

Availability – The Steeda Q750 StreetFighter is available immediately for sale from a select network of Ford Dealers worldwide under the Steeda Performance Vehicle Program. Look for future announcements on Tuesday, November 3rd as the vehicle has its formal debut at the 2015 SEMA show.


About Steeda Autosports – Founded in 1988 in Pompano Beach, FL, Steeda Autosports is the culmination of over 28 continuous years of racing history, product innovation, and continuous automotive refinement driven by a passion for performance and a love of great design. At Steeda, we share the wealth of our motorsport expertise and our ISO 9001:2008 certified processes to bring a completely new level performance and excitement to the Ford Mustang, F150, Focus and Fusion vehicles. More information on Steeda Autosports can be located at and vehicle specific information can be found at


Evan Smith Track Tests Steeda’s 686 rwhp 2015 Mustang GT

Evan Smith said it himself, “This Mustang eats up the track and leaves you plenty of performance for the street.”

The team at Steeda Autosports has been hard at work developing new parts for the S550 platform and we’ve turned our Triple Yellow Q650 2015 Mustang GT into a corner-carving track monster. Pumping out 686 rwhp on 10 psi and pump gas, it’s a force to be reckoned with both on and off the track.


“Our objective with the Q650 and our Q-series of Mustangs is to build a track-ready car that outperforms much more expensive cars for far less money,” said Dario Orlando. “We manufacture and sell our own parts so you can purchase a complete car with the Steeda package installed, or add the parts to your existing Mustang. For the 2015, we first built a mockup of the front and rear suspensions. This allowed us to analyze the suspension arrangement and note the areas of concern as they relate to high performance. We’re looking to satisfy the performance-minded enthusiasts who wants a fast, capable street car that is ready for the track.”


With a mix of straights and corners, Sebring International Raceway seemed like the perfect place to really put our Q650 to the test. Check out our full build list and a link to the complete write-up below:

Build List:
Steeda S550 Front Splitter – Street (2015 GT w/ PP chin) 283-S550-GT-PP
Steeda S550 Functional Race Wing (2015 All) 476-STEEDA-WING-15
Steeda S550 Mustang Hood Strut Kit (2015 All) 555-0687
Steeda Mustang Front Sway Bar (2015) 555-1015
Steeda Mustang Rear Sway Bar (2015) 555-1016
Steeda MT-82 Transmission Mount Bushing Insert (2011-2015) 555-4037
Steeda Adjustable Rear Toe Links (2015 All) 555-4120
Steeda S550 Mustang Steeda Billet Aluminum Vertical Links (2015) 555-4121
Steeda S550 Mustang IRS Subframe Bushing Support System (2015 All) 555-4437
Steeda S550 Mustang IRS Subframe Alignment Kit (2015) 555-4438
Steeda S550 Mustang Adjustable Differential Bushing Insert System – Urethane (2015 All) 555-4439
Steeda Mustang Extreme G-Trac Brace (2015) 555-5532
Steeda Mustang Strut Tower Brace (2015 GT/EcoBoost) 555-5731
Steeda S550 Mustang Rear IRS Subframe Braces (2015 Coupe) 555-5754
Steeda 15″ Mustang Slotted Front Brake Rotors (2015) 555-6024
Steeda 13″ Mustang Slotted Rear Brake Rotors (2015) 555-6025
Steeda Mustang Heavy Duty Braided Clutch Line (2015 All) 555-7016
Steeda S550 Mustang Shifter Base Bushing Bracket Kit (2015) 555-7092
Steeda S550 Mustang Tri-Ax Short Throw Shifter (2015 All) 555-7316
Steeda Mustang Bumpsteer Kit (2015 All) 555-8133
Steeda S550 Billet Rear Sway Bar Mounts (2015) 555-8147
Steeda S550 Billet Front Sway Bar Mounts (2015) 555-8148
Steeda Mustang Sport Springs – Progressive (2015 GT/V6 Coupe) 555-8210
20×9.5 Steeda ST-R Wheel Black (2005-2015) 004-209501
20×11 Steeda ST-R Wheel Black (2005-2015) 004-211501

Vortech S550 Mustang Complete V-3 Si System – Black Finish (2015 GT)
Injector Dynamics ID1000’s
DeatschWerks DW400 In-Tank Fuel Pump

Check out our video from the event:

Link to the full article:

If you’re looking to take your 2015-2016 Mustang to the next level, check out our complete S550 line-up or give our sales team a call today: 1-800-950-0774


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2015 NMRA Bradenton – Steeda-Equipped Racer John Urist Sets Class Record!

We had a great turnout this weekend at the 2015 NMRA event at Bradenton Motorsports Park. There were plenty of racing categories such as the Street Outlaw class and the Edelbrock Renegade class, although one of our favorites was the True Street class which was actually started by Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords and Tremec back in 1995.


If you’re looking to prove your True Street Mustang on the track, the event begins with a 30-mile escorted cruise with other True Street racers, passengers and crew members which serves the purpose of proving street-worthiness of all cars competing in the True Street class. Once the 30-mile cruise is complete, all racers head to the track for three back-to-back passes – racers aren’t allowed to work on their cars prior to racing, which also proves street-worthiness.

One of the highlights for Steeda was seeing John Urist qualify number one with a 6.86 pass at 204 mph – the quickest pass in class history! Urist had stiff competition on his heels with the next competitor making a pass at 6.88. The cloud cover broke on Sunday, and Urist’s Steeda-sponsored Mustang worked as expected to assist in running back-to-back 6.90’s to take the win! Urist is heading to the Atlanta races to continue showing the world what it takes to be a champion!

John Urist - Steeda Equipped

John Urist - Steeda Equipped

Check out our Steeda booth:





So much love for Steeda’s 2015 Mustang wing!:



Everyone loved our 2015 S550 Mustang IRS display which showcases OE components vs. Steeda components:


We snapped a few photos of other vendor booths as well:




Stay tuned for additional S550 parts rolling out of Steeda manufacturing!

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Enthusiast Spotlight – Denny Scott

Denny Scott is the quintessential performance vehicle enthusiast.   An IBM Systems Engineer for 30 years, he is an exacting type of individual that appreciates the finer things in life and accepts no substitutes.  A dedicated Steeda customer for over two decades, Denny not only enjoys driving his performance vehicles on the street, but he also competes in local and SCCA Autocross events with his Steeda Mustang.  As a matter of fact, he makes it a family affair by having his son and daughter race with – and sometimes against him at these events !

It all started over 40 years ago when Denny was bitten by the performance vehicle bug and began competing in a series of Solo II autocross events.  That grew into participation in a series of competition driving school lessons to hone his driving skills, and eventually various stints in the Skip Barber / SCCA Formula Ford Race Series, several Sebring 6-hour Firehawk Races, and many other competitive races and events.  Having attained a IMSA Competition Drivers License as well as a SCCA Competition License and Solo I Competition License, as well as numerous championships and records over the years, there is no doubt that he is a true sportsman when it comes to competitive driving and the lust for the sport!

With all of this competitive driving experience, Denny can be very picky about the type of vehicle he drives and also how he wants his car to perform.   Not satisfied with the turn-key performance of regular performance vehicles, Denny has for over 21 years turned to Steeda Autosports for his performance vehicle needs.  His past stable of performance vehicles over the years has included a 1968 Mustang Coupe, 1967 Shelby GT500,1991 Steeda Q (Steeda Autosports 1st  complete car by the way!), a 1993 STEEDA Q, and then his current mount, a 2008 California Special Mustang.

When it came to outfitting his 2008 California Special for optimum performance, Denny consulted with the Speed and Sales Professionals from Steeda and the end result were the following items/modifications to his ride:

  • Steeda cold-air Intake w/carbon fiber elbow
  • Steeda billet strut tower brace
  • Steeda G-Track lower brace
  • Steeda front adjustable swaybar
  • Steeda front swaybar mount braces
  • Steeda Bump steer kit
  • Steeda X5 Balljoints
  • Steeda rear lower aluminum trailing arms
  • Steeda adjustable rear upper 3rd link
  • Steeda 3-Point frame rail and torque braces
  • Steeda rear swaybar
  • Steeda ajustable panhard rod
  • Steeds billet charge motion plates
  • Steeda underdrive pulley system
  • 3.73 Gears
  • Steeda Tri-Ax shifter
  • Alumninum 1-piece driveshaft
  • Steeda Lightweight radiator support
  • Steeda 18×9.5″ & 18×10″ Ultra-Lite wheels
  • Steeda 13″ Rear brake rotors
  • Steeda Hood Struts
  • Steeda White faced gauges

Suffice to say, Denny Scott is living life in the fast lane with Steeda Autosports !

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Enthusiast Spotlight: Chris Ihara /

As a devoted Mustang enthusiast, Chris Ihara is perhaps one of the most knowledgeable, diverse, and enthusiastic performance driving advocates in the industry today. Founder and Chief Editor of the extremely popular website:, his appreciation of performance driving ranges from racing his Steeda equipped 2000 Cobra Mustang racecar, running the famed “One Lap of America”, to chasing the “bad guys” in his day position with law enforcement. Chris Ihara is definitely living life in the fast lane – every day!

His great appreciation of speed and performance, seems to be genetic as his Grandfather made sure his Grandma was driving a ’65 GTO convertible, his mother fired up a ’66 GTO, and his uncle was flying the Ford colors proudly with a ’64 427 Ford AC Cobra (a REAL one!). With a performance foundation like that, it is of no surprise that in 1991 when it came time for him to get a car while in college – it had to be everyone’s favorite, a Mustang.

After much searching, he found a perfect candidate, a used ’87 Mustang GT (Midnight Shadow Blue with Titanium lower accents, T-tops, 60k miles) that was in excellent stock condition. The ‘Stang did not stay stock for long and it was just a short period of time until the engine received a few modifications and then Steeda subframe connectors were added to keep the chassis stiff. When extra “insurance” was needed to bring the ponies back under control a ’93 Cobra R brake kit (co-designed by Steeda) was adopted to the vehicle. Unfortunately the ’87 met its maker in 1999 when it was rear ended and totaled with over 190,000 miles of faithful highway, drag strip and road course service.

Still with the urge to keep riding the Mustang mount, Chris rounded up a brand new Laser Red ’99 Mustang GT that was a perfect candidate to quench his thirst for performance. Modified to his liking with a Steeda Tri-Ax shifter, Steeda camber caster plates, Steeda suspension braces, and other Steeda parts, the 4.6L 2V supercharged Mustang is planting down a solid 527 RWHP and is still his favorite sleeper ride to tool around in.

When it is time to go racing, Chris unloads his 2000 Mustang Cobra racecar, which is also equipped with a bevy of Steeda parts. From the mandatory Steeda Tri-Ax shifter, bump steer kit, to the famed Steeda 5-Link Suspension; Chris tells us that the 5-Link is THE main advantage he has over his competitors. He races at every available opportunity in the SCCA’s hotly contested American Sedan Series. In the car’s second year out he won the 2004 Regional Championship. Now, with free time a bit more scarce thanks to two jobs, he races when ever work schedules permit. Last year he entered 4 races and easily won 3 – not too bad for a “part time” racer with his Steeda equipped Mustang!

Chris’ other passion, the famed website:, began life as a hobby and a desire to further promote the Mustang brand and support others with the same passion. Originally started in April 1995 when a small website called “The SVO Pages” was about to shut down, Chris took it’s reins and launched Supported by a host of all volunteer moderators, and staff “The Corral,” as everyone calls it, has a truly rich amount of information and forum exchanges that make it one of the most popular Mustang web-sites on the web today! With over 3,000 new posts daily, 4 to 5 million views every month, and over 1 million annual visitors, the Corral is definitely one of the resource tools every Mustang enthusiast should visit for valuable Mustang information.

With a diverse background of Mustang performance vehicles and the support work he does with, Chris Ihara is both an advocate and supporter of the Mustang hobby. Steeda Autosports wants to congratulate Chris for his many contributions that benefit all Mustang owners around the globe and also for choosing Steeda for some of his key performance parts.

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Enthusiast Spotlight: Scott Boda

Scott Boda, Steeda Autosports’ Director of Manufacturing, is a natural for the Steeda Autosports Team because of his unquenchable desire for perfection and his “need for speed”. An employee of Steeda Autosports since 1999, and a die-hard performance aficionado, Scott has worked his way up the “hard way” and is a great representative for all Ford performance enthusiasts at Steeda.

With a keen automotive sense and diligent manufacturing abilities, Scott’s driving force and leadership is a true labor of love as he practices what he preaches – for the past 12 years he races as often as possible (currently in the NMRA True Street Class), testing a variety of both production and prototype Steeda parts in real-world race conditions with his built 1990 Mustang LX.

Born in Fairfield Connecticut, Scott migrated to Boca Raton Florida 22 years ago where he graduated from Boca Raton High School and attended Florida State University with a minor in the all-out pursuit of speed.

Scott has owned a wide variety of Ford performance vehicles over the years – some for longer than others. His first car was a beautiful and equally rare 1986 Mustang V6 with T-tops that he had for only 28 days…it seams as if his love affair with that car ended prematurely when it “inadvertently met it’s final fate when it was attracted to a ditch – or that is what he told everyone! In short order he substituted another ’86 Stang and to keep the adrenalin pumping, he adding many bolt-on parts to pump up the power. That pony was later sold and replaced with a white ’89 GT that also was subjected to many performance modifications and quarter mile trips. While attending FSU, Scott’s addiction to the drag racing sport increased when he purchased a used, red 1990 Mustang LX that he has now owned for the last 12 years. It is this pony that today is his weekend warrior and also a developmental ride he uses to test his skills as well as testing many new Steeda parts at dragstrips around the country.

Not satisfied with the stock power in his Mustang (who ever is!!!), Boda has seriously upgraded his mount over the years so that today when he races in the NMRA True Street Class he is a competitive threat that bears watching. Today his pony has the following modifications:


  • 438 cubic inch Dart Block
  • CP Pistons
  • Eagle Crank and Rods
  • TFS High Ports Stage III from Bennett Racing
  • Super Victor Spyder Intake EFI
  • Custom Solid Roller from Bennett Racing
  • Kooks 2” headers
  • Dr. Gas 3” X pipe
  • Mac 3” exhaust
  • 42lb injectors
  • Complete Aeromotive Fuel system
  • Nitrous Express Plate system (100hp)
  • NOS NOSsle direct port (200hp)


  • C4 Transmission from PA Racing


  • QA1 K-member
  • Steeda Coil overs
  • Steeda Camber Plates
  • Steeda Bump steer kit
  • Flaming River rack
  • Steeda Tokico 5 way Drag Struts
  • Steeda Power slot rotors
  • Steeda Hawk Brake pads
  • Steeda Caliber guide sleeves
  • Steeda Double adjustable uppers
  • Steeda Weight jacker lowers
  • Steeda Street anti roll bar
  • 3.73 Ford Racing gears
  • Lakewood 50/50 shocks


  • Nitto 325/50/15 Drag Radials

At the recent NMRA opening event in Bradenton Florida, Scott, testing a new suspension settings that were set to bury the power directly to the asphalt, was able to bang the fastest 60’ time in his class – a smoking 1.323 beating all 106 other competitors in his class in the critical launch phase of the race – a true indication that his ride is really hooking up and launching hard. His mildly prepared 702 hp engine was able to propel him to the traps in 9.16 seconds at 147mph – not bad for a former grocery getter Mustang that is his “baby” today! In subsequent testing, Scott has been able to improve his time to a personal best of 9.07 – a very respectable time for the class he in in.

In addition to driving a car straight down the quarter mile, Scott also has done his fair share of time taking corners in the past in the SCCA Solo Autocross Series. So he knows quite a bit about overall vehicle handling and performance. Call it a “Balance of Power”: Blasting down the quarter mile or throwing himself around corners at blazing speeds, Scott Boda, Steeda’s Director of Manufacturing, combines both work and pleasure in the pursuit of life in the fast lane!

If drag racing sounds interesting to you as a spectator or as a participant, Scott highly recommends checking out all of the great NMRA Drag Racing events at:

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Enthusiast Spotlight: Dario Orlando

Born into an automotive family that traces it’s roots to back to the very early years of the Ford Motor Company, it was only natural that Dario Orlando’s destiny would eventually lead him to build upon the great automotive inspiration his family bestowed upon him.

Dario Domenico Orlando was born to parents Domenico and Alice Orlando at Mount Carmel Hospital in Detroit. Growing up in suburban Allen Park, Michigan, he solidified his roots in the automotive industry that eventually would lead to the creation of Steeda Autosports – the World’s largest exclusive producer of performance equipment for Ford Motor Company vehicles.

Today, Dario Orlando is recognized by the Senior Management of Ford Motor Company as one of the most prominent names in Mustang performance industry today (along with the likes of Dan Gurney, Carroll Shelby, Parnelli Jones, and others) stating “…..he puts his experience into turning the Mustang into a world-class sports car. Today, Florida-based Steeda’s business spans the full spectrum of Ford performance upgrades, from professional and amateur racing to new turnkey vehicle packages.”

Proof that Dario takes the pursuit of designing, engineering, and building the best parts and vehicles very seriously.

The Formative Years

Dario’s families’ association with Ford Motor Company began in the early years his grandfather – Al Valeria originally started working for Ford Motor Company in 1910 – just seven short years after Henry Ford founded The Ford Motor Company. Initially an Industrial Manufacturing Foreman, Al dedicated himself to the Blue Oval by working for 46 years and never missed a day of work – a feat that exemplifies commitment and dedication and one that is rarely equaled today. Key to his commitment to Ford Motor Company was Al’s belief that for an honest day’s pay you must do an honest day’s work.

Dario’s father – Domenico Orlando, was also deeply involved with Ford Motor Company. After initially starting as a broomsweep in the post World War II expansion of Ford, he took drafting classes at a local University and was quickly identified as a natural talent at design by Senior Ford Management. After just six months into his Ford career, Domenico’s natural talents and drive for success led him to the famed Dearborn Design Studio’s of Ford where he was soon working with other great designers on advanced vehicles. Ford Management, awe inspired by his natural design ability eventually made him a Senior Design Stylist Director working on advanced concept, production, and race cars. Eventually his unique design talents found their way on some of the greatest vehicles of their time including:

  • The original Ford Thunderbird – The famed two seat roadster that became an instant classic and one of the most coveted cars of the 1950s. Domenico designed the …
  • Mercury Polomar Concept – A two-door hardtop station wagon that featured a roof with an opening rear section. When open, the rear seat rose and a small windshield popped up allowing the passengers to see over the roof. The concept car was named in honor of Mt. Palomar Observatory in California.
  • The 1964 ½ Mustang – the original pony car can trace many of it’s interior elements including the instrument panel, gauges, and even the door handle design to the creative hand of Domenico and his drawing board.
  • The Ford GT40 Mark IV (aka: The Ford J Car) – Domenico did extensive design work in the vehicle including work to incorporate improved aerodynamics, incorporation of advanced aluminum construction techniques. Dubbed the “all-American car” and. It was this same car that Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt drove to victory at 1967 Le Mans Race.

While Domenico was designing many great cars for Ford Motor Company, he and Alice also were instilling great wisdom and character into a young Dario Orlando who himself was very eager to learn from his father and mother. Domenico and Alice always preached to Dario that in life’s journey, you need to be a risk taker and not rest on your laurels….you need to be a man of your word and do what you say… need to take pride in your accomplishments… need to be a doer and not a slacker……and most importantly, you need to maintain complete integrity in everything you do. It was this type of upbringing that provided a sound basis for the character of Dario today.

After a fulfilling career at Ford Motor Company, Domenico Orlando’s continued quest for design led him to work assignment as an Advanced Designer for Chris Craft Boats in Florida. The entire family made the move to Boca Raton, Florida to start yet another stage in their life.

It was only natural that the passion Dario’s parents had for great design, high technology, great automobiles, and aviation would eventually find it’s way into Dario’s DNA as well. No doubt, it is these life lessons that have formed the character of Dario Orlando and provided him the foundation to further solidify his quest for automotive greatness.

The Driver Called Dario Orlando

Growing up, Dario developed a passion for vehicle design, mechanical engineering, as well as a love for automobiles, especially those that maximized their performance . Thru the years, this passion eventually led to the formation of Dario’s Foreign Car Service in 1975. Based in Pompano Beach, Florida and with a business plan that provided a steady income source from the repair and performance modification of vehicles, the same business plan also provided Dario the opportunity to finance his racing efforts – and racing he did! After getting his competition license at the young age of 19, he raced everything from MGs, Datsuns, and Toyotas, and in 1977, driving a bug-eyed Sprite won the South Atlantic Race Championship. In 1979 at the young age of 22 he competed in the FIA World Challenge for Endurance Drivers by competing in the 12 Hours of Sebring and entering the 24 Hours of Daytona driving an Alfa Romero GTV. During the years of 1980 thru 1984 Dario could be found racing in the South Atlantic Road Race series where he further honed his driving skills and passion for performance vehicles by winning countless races and championships and filling his trophy case with the many awards he has received.

Dario’s stealer performance on the race track was noticed by Ford Motor Company very early into his professional career. Keenly aware of Dario’s driving skills and his unique aptitude for vehicle tuning and performance both on the track and off, Ford Motor Company hunted him down and subsequently contracted him to be a lead test driver for the development of the European/US Merkur XR4TI program. In this role, Dario worked very closely with Ford Motor Company’s top engineers from around the world in the development and refinement of the vehicle’s suspension elements and engine tuning – with the intention of creating the best possible performing vehicle possible in it’s class. This was a prelude to other future collaborations that Dario would later have with Ford Motor Company in their quest to develop performance and race vehicles. It was a relationship that still continues to grow and foster as evidenced by Dario’s obsession for creating the very best performance automobiles and parts and accessories for Ford Motor Company vehicles.

Performance driving has always been a passion for Dario, although thru the years, Dario has had a variety of “white knuckle” experiences on the racetrack. Whether it was piloting the 1999 #20 Steeda Mustang at speeds of over 180 mph on the Sebring straightaway or hitting an unseen oil patch at over 140 mph and an ensuing 360 degree spin at a Daytona race, one thing he has refined over the years is a keen ability to pursue his goals and never—ever give up. Racing is a sport that has beaten many in their pursuits of victory, but Dario can proudly claim that Steeda Autosport equipped vehicles have won more races, set more records, and claim more championships with production based Mustangs than all of his competitors combined! More than Saleen, Shelby, and Roush together can lay claim to. What else would you expect from a man that has ancestry that is connected with Ford for almost 100 years.

Today, Dario still drives performance vehicles daily. It doesn’t matter if it is a weekend race at a local track, a blast down the dragstrip, or even the occasional street match-up – you can always find Dario behind the wheel of a performance vehicle taking it to it’s limit. He personally is involved in the design, engineering, testing and evaluation of all Steeda Autosport products and vehicles, constantly providing feedback to his outstanding team of Engineers and Developers in the quest of producing the very best products possible for his customers.

Further proof that racing is his true life’s passion !

The Start of Steeda Autosports

In 1988 Dario had the idea of creating a special high performance and limited edition Mustang line of vehicles that he wanted to call the “Sebring Mustang” series – no doubt naming it after the famed racetrack he had been so successfully at. Unable to legally obtain the “Sebring” naming rights for this special vehicle project, Dario with a check in the amount of $1,400 bought the naming rights to Steeda. Formally a manufacturer of high end tennis equipment, Steeda under the direction of Dario Orlando, was about to make a huge transformation from a company associated with a racket sport, to one that would provide the foundation for the development for what has become today the World’s Largest Exclusive Manufacturer of performance equipment for Ford Motor Company vehicles.

Initially the company produced a limited variety of aftermarket performance equipment for enthusiasts as well as limited production run of niche performance Mustang vehicles. The first Steeda Mustang, a 1988 model, today still makes historic appearances at various shows and races around the country.

Thru the years, the designing, engineering and development of “best in class” performance parts at Steeda Autosports has become legendary. Nobody in the industry today can even come close to the level of perfection and performance that Steeda has instilled into the vast array of performance parts they manufacture under strict ISO 9001-2000 guidelines. With a product portfolio that has grown to include thousands of parts, Steeda has grown to be the single best source for performance parts for Ford Motor Company vehicles today.

Their collection of serialized vehicles has grown dramatically from that initial 1988 Steeda Mustang to today a portfolio that includes Steeda Mustangs, Fusions, Focus, and F-150s and will continue to grow with additional product offering in the near future as Dario is fully committed to supporting Ford Motor Company and it’s customers. Ford Motor Company has recognized Steeda Autosports as having “…..a fully engineered, super high-performance (vehicles) that can deliver Ferrari—like acceleration for only a fraction of the cost.”

Dario’s continued support of Ford Motor Company is further exemplified when in 2007, Dario announced a massive corporate expansion of Steeda Autosports that will supplement their current World Headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida. Valdosta Georgia was chosen as the site for a 25 acre automotive complex that will initially include a 100,000 sq.ft. facility housing engineering and marketing offices, as well as additional manufacturing and warehousing facilities. Scheduled to open later in 2008, this facility will be the most modern and up-to-date aftermarket facility in the world and will include a 1.2 mile test track, brake test area, and skid pad. With varying road surfaces, the complex will be extensively used to test performance and NVH characteristics.

Further proof that Dario takes his pursuit of Ford performance very seriously and that he is fully committed to servicing Ford Motor Company’s customers and enthusiasts for their performance needs. Many people might rest on their laurels, but Dario’s never quit attitude instilled into him by his father, provides the stage for great things to happen in the future.


Dario Orlando is a man that firmly believes in honesty and integrity in everything he does. From the mantra instilled in him from his ancestors, he has learned that honesty and integrity with yourself and others is the key to ones personal success and attainment of true happiness in life.

Often quoted as saying “You can’t buy a winning Team – you build a Team” he has chosen to surround himself with the great people at Steeda Autosports who all share the same winning attitude, integrity, and character beliefs he has so that together they can continue to pursue their mutual goals with a commitment unlike any one else.

It is no doubt that Dario Orlando, the Leader of the Team at Steeda Autosports, is a driving force in the Ford Performance world today.