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Available Soon: The 2013 Steeda Fusion Sport

Athletic, Elegant, and Dramatic

Inspired by the elegant, sophisticated styling of classic European sedans, this 2013 Steeda Fusion Sport “Euro Series” is a perfect amalgamation of style and performance. Conceived for the enthusiast who wants an American four-door alternative to European performance sedans, this performance bred product combines a turbocharged, direct injected 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 with a collection of strategic Steeda performance and handling upgrades – the result: is nothing short of dramatic….both visually and physically.

Steeda 2013 Ford Fusion

We started with the very capable 2013 Ford Fusion sedan and incorporated Steeda proprietary modifications and precision tuning that turned it into a true high performance sedan. Then we added an aggressive look that is certain to turn heads even when standing still. This domestic road warrior is ready to challenge the imports with the kind of increased power, assertive handling, and taut suspension that serious drivers have come to expect from a Steeda Autosports creation.

With a bevy of performance modifications, this race-bred sedan includes our proprietary Steeda Cold Air Intake and velocity stack injection that allows the EcoBoost engine to breath much more freely than it’s stock intake system. The addition of a performance exhaust system adds an incremental performance boost and also provides an authoritative exhaust note that lets everyone know this Fusion is indeed something special.

In the chassis and suspension department, our mission was to seriously transform the Fusion into a street/track sedan that would make owners of competing Euro sedans jealous with envy. Our Design and Engineering teams crafted a total package of various suspension enhancements that ensure a smooth, responsive ride with exceptional handling and driving dynamics that put fun into every mile you drive. With specially tuned front and rear lowering springs and anti-roll bars tuned for maximum performance and minimal roll, enhanced cornering and track performance along with that “just right” appearance is yours to enjoy.

Additionally, a new European-inspired all-new body kit accentuates the elegant, new silhouette of the 2013 Ford Fusion, visually lowering and transforming it into a striking sedan that would be a head turner on the Autobahn or on any road.

Athletic, elegant, and dramatic are the words that best describe the all new 2013 Steeda Fusion Sport. 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 new Steeda Fusion Sport.

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Steeda Vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show annually kicks off the season of major auto shows and is considered to be one of the top four premier auto shows in North America.  Last year, as many of you will recall, we showcased our all new 2010 Steeda/Ford Racing Fiesta and our famed Steeda Streetfighter Mustang at the venue – and this year the momentum continued when we showcased in the Ford Motor Company corporate display two exciting new vehicles; the 2011  Steeda Fusion Sport and the Steeda/Raceskinz Mustang GT.

Steeda Fusion Sport

Conceived to provide the die-hard performance enthusiast who requires a four-door sedan an alternative to European performance sedans, the transformation done to the Fusion is nothing short of dramatic. The vehicle’s transformation is extensive as it evolves into a high-end performance sedan with increased power, more aggressive handling, and specially tuned suspension and braking systems that only Steeda Autosports can deliver.

With a bevy of performance modifications, this race-bred sedan includes our proprietary Steeda Cold Air Intake and velocity stack that allows the 3.5L 24V V6 engine to breath much more freely than the stock intake system previously allowed.  In the chassis/suspension department we embarked on the mission to seriously transform the Fusion into a street/track sedan that would make owners of competing euro sedans jealous with envy.  Our Design and Engineering Teams provided a series of modifications that you have come to expect from Steeda including:

  • Specially tuned front and rear lowering springs that provide enhanced cornering and track performance and the “just right” appearance
  • Retuned dampers on all four corners that plant the tires to the pavement under street and race conditions
  • Anti-roll bars tuned for maximum performance and minimal roll
  • Chassis stiffening front tower brace that locks the front struts tightly together and further minimizes chassis flexing

The Steeda Fusion Sport – just part of the comprehensive Steeda family of high performance vehicles that exceed everyone’s performance expectations!

Raceskinz / Steeda Mustang GT

Raceskinz, a Southern California based company with plenty of experience modifying and customizing Mustangs was asked by Ford Motor Company to build a customized Mustang for the SEMA and Los Angeles Auto Shows.  When they charted out to build the car, they turned to Steeda Autosports for most of their performance modifications.  The collaboration between us resulted in many awards including Road & Track magazine proclaiming the car as “Best of Show” and Ford Motor Company also recognized it by also awarding it a Ford Corporate Design Award.

This project vehicle, based on a 2011 Mustang GT featured Raceskinz complete new line of carbon fiber accessories for the 2010+ Mustang, and a slew of major performance upgrades from Steeda including:

  • Steeda G-Trac suspension
  • Steeda heavy duty upper strut mounts
  • Steeda billet rear lower control arms
  • Steeda lower control arm relocation brackets
  • Steeda adjustable swaybar kit and panhard rod
  • Steeda extreme sport springs
  • Steeda bumpsteer kit
  • Steeda Q-Series functional front fascia
  • Steeda Q-Series functional hood
  • Steeda Q-Series Rear Spoiler

Raceskins dramatically enhanced the appearance of the ‘Stang by developing a comprehensive line of accessories and add-on components of the highest quality.

  • Raceskinz carbon fiber stripe kit
  • Raceskinz carbon fiber rockers
  • Raceskinz carbon fiber rear diffuser
  • Raceskinz carbon fiber mirror covers
  • Raceskinz carbon fiber KR Extreme splitter
  • Raceskinz/Magnaflow carbon fiber exhaust tips
  • Raceskinz rear seat delete kit
  • Raceskinz RS1 sport seats
  • Raceskinz interior trim kit
  • Raceskinz roll bar

As part of the ongoing collaboration of Raceskinz and Steeda Autosports, we will be a premier distributor of the complete line of Raceskinz carbon fiber accessories and appearance enhancement products for Ford Motor Company vehicles.   Look for more news and information on this exciting new line of accessories in the first quarter of 2011 that will be available from Steeda Autosports !

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Steeda Attends SEMA Show in Las Vegas

The Annual SEMA Show held in Las Vegas is always “the show” where the OEMs and aftermarket builders showcase their latest performance bred vehicles and speed related parts and accessories.   The 2010 SEMA Show was no different this year for Steeda Autosports as we had a total of three different factory sponsored vehicles on display including our all new Steeda Fiesta Sport, the performance tuned Steeda Fusion Sport, and the asphalt rippin’ 5.0L Steeda StreetFighter.

Steeda Fiesta Sport

The Steeda Fiesta showcased some serious handling and performance upgrades for Fiesta enthusiasts.  For this car, the power end of things is handled by a cold-air intake system that feeds unrestricted air into the 1.6L Ti-VCT I-4 engine.   The control aspect of the newly found power is handled by the famed Steeda Tri-Ax Short Throw Shifter specially designed and engineered for the Fiesta’s 5-speed manual transmission that facilitates sure, quick, and confident shifts only as a Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter can.  On the exhaust side, a Steeda performance cat-back system eliminates the unwanted back-pressure and provides for that special sound you have come to expect from us.

Planting this newly found power to the pavement is the specially designed chassis and suspension upgrades we developed for the Fiesta.  These upgrades include:

  • Specially tuned front and rear lowering springs
  • Retuned dampers on all four corners
  • Performance tuned front and rear anti-roll bars
  • Front strut tower brace
  • Steeda/Ford Racing Performance wheel set
  • Nitto NeoGen high performance tires (215/40/ZR17)

From an appearance perspective, the Steeda Fiesta taps the body modification experts at 3D Carbon and we applied their outstanding 4 piece body kit for the Ford Fiesta that includes a newly molded front air dam, left and right side skirts, and a rear lower facia that completes this stellar aerodynamic appearance package.   We further dress up the exterior of the car with a functional rear Euro rally-style spoiler and then applied our Steeda exterior graphics package that adds that “just right” look when you are blasting down the street.

Not to be overlooked, this car also featured the world debut of a very special lighting system from Valeo Lighting.  This lighting package, especially designed for the Ford Fiesta includes a bi-function HID headlamps as well as their super trick exterior LED lighting system.  With enhanced functionality and performance, this lighting system really makes the Steeda Fiesta stand out from all others.

Steeda Fusion

For the 2011 Ford Fusion, we upped the ante once again this year by bringing to the Ford Motor Company Corporate display the 2011 Steeda Fusion Sport.  Conceived to provide the performance enthusiast who requires a four-door sedan an alternative to European performance sedans, the transformation done to the Fusion is nothing short of dramatic. As if becomes a high-end performance sedan with increased power, more aggressive handling, suspension and barking systems people have come to expect from Steeda Autosports.

Performance modifications made to this race-bred sedan include our proprietary Steeda Cold Air Intake that allows the 3.5L 24V V6 engine to breath much more freely than the stock intake system previously allowed.  With it’s design to provide the densest air charge possible for feeding to the engine, it prevents any hot engine air from being sucked in inadvertently from around the engine compartment.  We added a billet aluminum velocity stack and high flow nano-particle air filter to ensure a clean, cool, streamlined air charge straight to the engine.   The cold air intake combined with our Steeda Performance Tune resulted in a solid performance gain of up to 25 hp and 22 ft.lbs. of torque – effectively delivering an overall enhance performance level throughout the 3.5L’s RPM range.

In the chassis/suspension department we embarked on the mission to seriously transform the Fusion into a street/track sedan that would make owners of competing euro sedans jealous with envy.  Our modifications included the following Steeda Autosports upgrades:

  • specially tuned front and rear lowering springs that provide enhanced cornering and track performance and the “just right” appearance
  • retuned dampers on all four corners that plant the tires to the pavement under street and race conditions
  • anti-roll bars tuned for maximum performance and minimal roll
  • chassis stiffening front tower brace that locks the front struts tightly together and further minimizes chassis flexing

In the wheel and tire area, it was critical that we provide not only great looks, but also great performance.   Hence we opted for forged alloy 20” x 8.5” HRE 793R wheels and shod them with the outstanding Nitto INVO High Performance tires (245/30/ZR20).  With stunning looks and outstanding road gripping adhesion, this is one wheel and tire package that is very hard to beat on and off the track!

From a design perspective we collaborated closely with the Ford Motor Company Corporate Design Team for a fresh and awe inspiring graphic package that complements the existing Euro lines of the Fusion Sport.  The vehicle’s hood and roof have sections of matte, flat, and gloss clearcoat lines of differing widths – reminiscent of a product bar code design, and then we added a contrasting metallic orange racing stripe was to further draw attention that this is no normal Fusion Sport.  Completing the overall design, a Steeda windshield banner in body tone silver and metallic orange identifies this as part of the Steeda family of high performance vehicles.  From the street, to the track, to the dragstrip – Steeda delivers !

Steeda Q650 StreetFighter

The 5.0L Supercharged Q650 Steeda StreetFighter was proudly displayed in the Nitto Tire Booth at SEMA this year.  Equipped with their ultra high performance Nitto NT05 tires, this vehicle remains a huge attention grabber as well as a halo vehicle for the entire Steeda line of performance vehicles.

Being equipped with the Nitto NT05s call for some serious suspension upgrades so that the full potential of the Nittos can be appreciated – here we equipped the StreetFighter with the most extensive amount of suspension upgrades we have ever included on one of our production vehicles.  Incorporating our famed Watt’s Link Suspension system – this performance Mustang can easily pull over 1.2gs, and with it’s broad range of brutal power it has on demand, it can rip off 0-60 times that are less than 4 seconds with quarter mile times comfortably in the 10 second range. There is simply no other serialized Mustang available today that offers the performance, styling, and performance attitude that this Mustang has.

While the exterior shares the same aerodynamic body modifications of the 2011 Q450 with the unique Steeda front fascia with openings for front brake duct cooling, the facia also incorporates unique vented openings for additional engine cooling. Additional exterior enhancements include:

  • Steeda rear spoiler tuned for maximum down force with the least amount of aerodynamic drag
  • Steeda rear facia that exhausts air from under the vehicle with extreme aero efficiency and minimal aerodynamic drag
  • Unique Steeda vented hood that exhausts the hot power robbing engine heat out and over the hood into the vehicle’s slipstream with amazing efficiency.

The suspension enhancements include but are not limited to:

  • Steeda/Tokico D-Spec shocks and struts
  • Steeda Upper Strut Mount Kit
  • Steeda Adjustable 3rd-Link Trailing Arm Kit
  • Steeda Lower Trailing Arm relocation brackets
  • Steeda Billet Lower Trailing Arms
  • Steeda X5 Ball Joint Kit
  • Steeda Bumpsteer Kit
  • Steeda Rear Swaybar
  • Steeda Rear Swaybar billet endlinks
  • Steeda Adjustable Front Swaybar
  • Steeda Watts Linkage kit
  • Steeda 3-point Frame Rail & Torque Box Brace Kit

The interior is yet another area where this vehicle speaks performance. Inside you will find it’s interior very sleek, athletic, and totally ready for aggressive driving. From the illuminated Steeda doors sills that greet you when you open the door, the interior includes the following performance related amenities:

  • A thick, Alcantara leather wrapped steering wheel assures a firm and secure grip during performance maneuvers
  • Body hugging, adjustable, leather covered, carbon fiber backed Steeda Sport Seats
  • Safecraft Safety Equipment 6-Point Safety Harness
  • Safecraft fire extinguisher system
  • Four-point, leather wrapped DOM steel roll bar with cross bracing
  • Steeda floor mats

To plant the power to the pavement and also to ensure secure stopping power during the most aggressive conditions, the Q650 Streetfighter includes:

  • HRE Monoblock P40 wheels (20” x 9.5” front, 20” x 11” rear) with a brushed finish
  • Nitto NT05 High Performance tires (275/35 20 front, 315/35 20 rear)
  • Steeda/Baer 6-Piston High Performance Brake Package (six piston front –and- six piston rear brakes) with 15” crossed drilled and slotted rotors

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Dario Orlando’s Vehicles of Choice

Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports is a diehard supporter of Ford Motor Company and an avid performance enthusiast. This is not only exemplified in the performance business he founded over 20 years ago – but also in the vehicles he personally drives. In particular, there are three special vehicles he favors to drive depending if he is commuting to work, driving for pleasure, or racing at speed around the track. These same three vehicles are available today for those lucky enough to purchase them at select Ford dealers nationwide.

Commuting to Work

For driving to work everyday, Dario’s choice is the hot 2008 Steeda Fusion that was initially shown at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Best described as an all American Grand Touring sedan, it has been modified by the Steeda Team to be further refined, faster, and better balanced so that it delivers more excitement and automotive pleasure than anything else in it’s class – and at a price that most everyone can afford.

Providing four door access and comfortable seating, the Steeda Fusion is a practical family sedan that has been modified to appeal to the die-hard performance enthusiast that demands and needs more than just a typical family sedan. With outstanding fuel economy and shocking performance, the Steeda Fusion is the perfect ride to end that oftentimes-boring commute to work!

To start off, the Steeda engineers have enhanced the Fusion with suspension modifications, including Steeda Sport Springs, that improve the ride and handling but not at the expense of ride quality and comfort. Steeda has designed a proprietary strut tower brace that assists in the elimination of body flex during periods of aggressive cornering.

Dario favors the Nitto Invo performance tires which offer superior wet and dry traction while maintaining a very quiet and smooth ride.

The Steeda Fusion engine performance is dramatically improved with the addition of the Steeda designed and engineered cold air system and Borla free flowing exhaust system. The result is improved performance with a pleasing, yet purposeful sound.

Dario’s Steeda Fusion exterior design elements are not driven merely by visual cues. There is serious substance to back up this style. The aerodynamic styling and graphics, inspired by the Autobahn cruiser is evident in the automobile’s road hugging stance that not only looks good, but also reduces aerodynamic drag.

The interior has a style all it own. Dario added Steeda accents to energize the instrument panel, and custom leather seats that add increased lateral support and comfort for himself and his lucky passengers. With bold styling, spirited performance and it’s well appointed interior, Dario’s Steeda Fusion is an example of a compelling midsize performance sedan for today’s market.

Driving for Pleasure

When Dario wants to seriously kick things up a bit and increase his driving excitement even more, there is nothing turning the key and starting his supercharged 2008 Steeda Q500 to get his adrenalin really pumping! With over 500 horsepower the Steeda Q500 delivers excitement that should be illegal from the moment he gets behind the wheel!

To showcase Dario’s testing and evaluation involvement with all of Steeda’s performance products, he used his personal Q500 (shown here) for the testing and final evaluation of the Steeda Adaptive Performance Calibration. Delivering a healthy dose of supercharged power (over 500+ horsepower and 490+ ft. lbs. of torque), Dario’s 4.6L supercharged pony provides pure power when he needs it with complete control from idle up to it’s 6500 rpm redline.

Having all of this power at Dario’s command requires a suspension system to plant it to the asphalt, and his Steeda Q500 does that with the Steeda proprietary track tested and race proven suspension system. It doesn’t matter if Dario is blasting down the quarter mile in 12.2 seconds at over 113 mph, or if he is testing it’s road-holding ability on the skidpad at over 1.2gs using street Nitto tires, Dario’s Steeda Q500 is an outstanding road car performance engineered for the most demanding performance enthusiasts who likes to live in the fast lane!

Do not be surprised if you see him driving this car on the street that there just might be some newly engineered performance parts lurking underneath the sheetmetal – because Dario is constantly evaluating all of the new parts and accessories personally that the Steeda Skunkworks Team creates before they are offered for sale. It is just another example of the hands-on evauluation that goes into every part Steeda offers.

Racing around the Track

When it is time to go racing against the competition and test the new Steeda hardcore performance parts, there is only one choice for Dario – The Steeda Q650R. Combining Steeda’s proven power it’s exclusive Adaptive Performance Calibration delivers with the world-class underpinnings and suspension systems that Steeda is renown for in the Performance Industry today, the result is the ultimate performance Mustang.

“The Steeda Q650R incorporates our unmatched history of engineering technology accomplishments and racing knowledge we have learned into what is without a doubt, the ultimate performance Mustang available today,” says Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports. “This car is a hint at what’s to come in the future from Steeda for both on and off the racetrack excitement and is my personal choice for racing around the track in competitive events.”

The exterior of the vibrant red colored Q650R is fitted with Steeda’s aerodynamic Race Wing that stands tall at a full-race height and gets into the airstream and creates significant down-force to enhance handling and traction. On the front is Steeda’s fully functional competition front fascia that is designed for improved high speed stability as well as improved cooling of the engine and brakes under harsh race conditions it will be operated under.

Under the hood, the lightweight 4.6L aluminum engine is equipped with the Steeda/Whipple supercharger system and tuning is handled by Steeda’s industry unique Adaptive Performance Calibration – the end result….650 horsepower of heart pounding excitement with “live” – automatic computerized tuning as it is raced.

The Steeda Q650R is equipped with a Tremec TKO600 transmission and a Steeda Remote Tri-Ax Shifter which is designed specificly to work with the S197 body style.

Under the car is where some really advanced Steeda suspension technology is deployed. From the advanced adjustable full coil over suspension system, our proprietary Watt’s Linkage, to our D Spec Shocks and bump steer kit, the entire catalog of Steeda’s superior suspension parts – and some extra experimental suspension enhancements as well – have been integrated into this car so as to make it the BEST HANDLING car we have ever driven on a race track.

Dario outfitted Forgeline 18×9.5 (front) and 18×11 (rear) wheels and shod them naturally with the best track tires you can buy……Nitto’s famed NT01 high performance tires (275/35-18 in the front and massive 315/30-18 in the rear). These tires are mandatory for a high performance vehicle like this racer and provide the grip our suspension enhancements demand.

Rest assured that with Dario behind the wheel, Steeda’s products are being evaluated in real world conditions no matter if they are your daily ride to work or your race car on the track.

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