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A Special New Year Message

Dario OrlandoAs we approach the dawn of yet another new year, it is very important for us to also reflect upon 2013 and realize just how fortunate we really are. All of us at Steeda Autosports are humbled at our good fortune of having loyal, educated, and discerning customers that truly appreciate the products we engineer, and manufacturer. The trust you have placed in us in satisfying your Ford performance needs provides us tremendous satisfaction and also reminds us daily just how fortunate we really are.

As we embark into 2014, it is even more critical that we recognize and never lose an appreciation for what matters most in life – and that is our family and loved ones. Because it is the love and support they provide that make life enjoyable and rewarding. We always should remember and support the past and present members of our Armed Forces – the men and women of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard – as it is because of their contributions and sacrifices that everyone in America can enjoy a safe and free New Year Holiday Celebration once again this year.

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a safe and well deserved break; please take some added time to reflect, to laugh, and to share with your family and your loved ones… And lets do our best to balance our family time with our work time. On behalf of the entire Steeda Autosports Team, and myself, please accept our sincere best wishes for a truly Happy and Healthy New Year.

Sincerely,
Dario Orlando, 
President, Steeda Autosports
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Debut of the Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

At the Woodward Dream Cruise we proudly pulled the cover off of an exciting new performance vehicle from our Performance Speedshop – the Steeda certified GT500 Wide-body. Designed, engineered, and handcrafted to up the ante in the world of Mustang performance, this 2014 Steeda certified GT500 Wide-Body is the latest offering from the Design and Engineering Teams at Steeda Autosports. Providing an extremely aggressive yet smooth overall appearance, this wide-body conversion is not only extremely sinister looking in it’s overall appearance, but it also provides the opportunity to increase the wheel/tire size so as to provide dramatically increased traction – something desperately needed when it’s 725hp is unleashed on the unsuspecting asphalt.

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

From a design perspective we purposely integrated features to improve the vehicles appearance – from major styling cues to minor ones. This is the type of vehicle modification that the more you look at it…..the more you see of the various changes we integrated into this stunning final design.

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

Modification features (standard and optional) included in this wide-body conversion include the following custom designed features:

  • Uniquely designed front facia for a sinister looking appearance
  • Front fenders smoothly widened 6” to provide room for 22” wheels and the massive 285x30x22 tires
  • Rear fenders crafted to provide an additional 7” overall for the more massive 335x25x22 tires enhancing traction when you need it most
  • Shaved door handles with electronic door opening mechanism for a smooth-clean side aero appearance
  • Unique rear decklid treatment that subscribes to the theory: “Less is More” by featuring a clean appearance with the Cobra Snake proudly on display

This wide-body conversion can be performed on Mustang GT, Boss 302, and GT500 models and can be custom tailored to our customer wants, needs and budget. Naturally, we include in conversion the proprietary Steeda suspension and powertrain components to ensure that the finished product exceeds your performance expectations on the street and on the track.

While “Speed Matters” has been the official motto of Steeda Autosports for over 25 years and it aptly describes the rich DNA of this performance bred stallion. From the racetrack to the open road, the Steeda Q Series Wide-body never fails to reward and amaze drivers. In a single integrated high performance package, this exceptional creation combines the dynamics and agility of a sports racer with the everyday practicality and comfort of America’s original pony car. A complete package that includes serious performance mods and dynamic styling.

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

The Steeda Certified GT500 Wide-Body is just one of the many serialized performance vehicle offerings available from Steeda Autosports – the leader in Ford Performance Vehicles.

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First 2013 Manual GT500 In The 8′s Equipped With Steeda Parts

Every drag racer knows that putting power to the pavement effectively is the key to securing low quarter mile ET times. You can have all the horsepower in the world – and if you can’t “hook-up” the car to maximize traction, you will just be spinning your wheels in despair. And when you have an engine pumping 1,156 RWHP and 1,078 RWTQ numbers, the challenge of minimizing wheel-spin is even greater as you need to have effective weight transfer and inherent traction to effectively launch the car the entire quarter mile.

Evolution Performance GT500

Evolution Performance GT500

The team at Evolution Performance came to Steeda Autosports when they needed to acquire the very best suspension and other components to maximize the traction of their 2013 GT500. Digging into our extensive parts bin, we were able to supply them some key regular Steeda production parts that we manufacture that were sure to stand up to the massive amount of abuse they would be subjected them to – all in the quest to be the very first in the world to get a GT500 with a standard transmission into the highly coveted 8-second range.

Evolution Performance GT500

Evolution Performance GT500

The end result is is a quarter mile time of 8.94 seconds at 159 MPH, with an impressive 1.346 second 60 foot time! Not bad for tipping the scale at a hefty 3,854 pounds! The First and only GT500 with a stock manual transmission to break into the magical 8 second range. We congratulate Evolution Performance for their commitment and dedication to their quarter mile assault and also for relying on Steeda Autosports for some of their performance parts needs. Needless to say, we were 100% confident that our production parts would do the job they were designed to do. From maximizing traction, to ensuring proper weight transfer, the key is to have the proper parts for the job at hand. So whether you are building a quarter mile assault vehicle like Evolution Performance has done, a car that you want to out handle anyone on the track, or just a daily cruiser that you can enjoy from curve to curve or stop-light to stop-light….you can count on Steeda to supply the specific parts you need.

All of our Steeda performance products are engineered and manufactured under strict ISO 9001-2008 Standards so they will exceed your expectations and leave others in your dust.

Seeing is believing – The groundbreaking quarter mile time assault can be seen at the following video link:

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Free Tickets – Win 2 One-of-a-Kind GT500s and $50,000 Cash

As an exclusive offering for our loyal Steeda customers that subscribe to our email list, we made a special arrangement with the 2013 Mustang Dream Giveaway charity team to provide 5 FREE BONUS Sweepstake Tickets with any donation of $20 or more that they make to the charity. For over three years, the Mustang Dream Giveaway has been providing unique and one-of-a-kind Mustangs as a grand prize in their Annual Charity Sweepstakes, and the proceeds that they have raised have gone to some very worthy causes.

This year, the Mustang Dream Giveaway is awarding to one lucky individual:

  • 2013 Shelby GT500 (one of a kind model) modified with key Steeda suspension and powertrain components
  • 1968 Shelby GT500 (one of a kind sunroof model)
  • $50,000 in cash for taxes

All contributions are fully tax deductible and the funds go for a very worth cause – The Worldcause Foundation who supports our wounded war veterans and other fine causes in America. We encourage you to make a difference and make a $20 donation or more, and if you do, we will further support you by providing 5 free bonus tickets courtesy of Steeda Autosports (just use promo code SW0313E when you order your tickets).

Click on the following for more information.

Win 2 One-of-a-Kind GT500s and $50,000 Cash

Win 2 One-of-a-Kind GT500s and $50,000 Cash

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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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Year End Message From Steeda Founder, Dario Orlando

On behalf of the entire team at Steeda Autosports, I want to personally wish all of our customers, friends, and industry partners a truly Happy New Year. As 2012 draws to a close, I believe it is important to take a minute and personally thank you for the trust you have placed in us in satisfying your Ford performance needs. Everyone at Steeda Autosports fully understands just how fortunate we are to have such loyal and dedicated customers – and we indeed are grateful for your business and the trust you provide in us.

It is very important that as we embark into 2013, that we all maintain an even greater appreciation of our families and the ones we love – because the value that they provide is one should be held close to ones heart and dearly treasured. Also lets not forget our dedicated service men and women in our armed forces during this New Year Celebration – it is because of their sacrifices that we all can enjoy a safe and free New Year holiday celebration once again this year.

In closing, I would like to wish you all a safe and well deserved break; with time to reflect, laugh and share with family and loved ones. On behalf of myself and the entire Steeda Team, please accept our sincere best wishes for a truly Happy New Year.

Dario Orlando,
President, Steeda Autosports

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“Laguna Steeda” in the News

The February, 2013 issue of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords has an article about the newest addition to our Mustang stable – a 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca that they have appropriately named: Laguna Steeda. Essentially we took the best handling Mustang that Ford Motor Company manufacturers, and we made it better. With a collection of various Steeda production parts, we upped the ante in the market of street/track vehicles and came up with a Steeda Certified version of the Boss 302 Laguna Seca that defies the competition.

Steeda Boss Mustang

So make sure you read 5.0 Editor Steve Turner’s write up and check out the February, 2013 copy of 5.0 Mustang and Super Fords today. And for a bonus – also get the January issue of 5.0 – there is a complete article in that issue that covers our build up of this awesome Steeda Certified Vehicle.

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Steeda Captures the 2012 NASA – SE Championship

Webster Dictionary:
‘champion’ noun \cham-pē-an\: a winner of first prize or first place in competition; also one who shows marked superiority.

Steeda Dictionary:
‘champion’ proper noun; Jim Edwards – a racer that won the 2012 NASA – SE Region Championship driving a Steeda Certified Shelby GT and finished every race this season on the podium…..

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed to deliver high quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars at key racetracks and venues across the U.S.A. For the 2012 Season, the Champion in the SE Region is non-other than Jim Edwards – a 65 year old retired Army Captain and Vietnam Veteran that drove his Steeda Certified Mustang to a total of 13 events – always finishing on the podium – and winning the overall Championship. Not too bad for a street-legal, 3400-plus pound car with air conditioning, stereo, power leather seats and all the amenities one would find in any other high-end Mustang.

Jim Edwards

Jim who is enthusiastic about performance vehicles and racing comments: “I began my racing career with a desire to participate actively in road racing…wanting to be really competitive…. it is just my nature. While I began with a really good platform in the shape of the Shelby GT, I knew that in order to consistently win and be a champion, I would have to seriously take it up a notch or two to have an edge against the competition”.

Jim stated that the first thing he did was to initiate a dialogue with the Steeda Team, seeking advice on how to make the S197 platform perform to its maximum potential. With Glen Vitale and Gus Irizarry providing guidance, the Shelby GT began a transformation into a hardcore 2007 Steeda Certified Q350 that would be not only suited for the track, but also could serve as a daily driver without the annoying ride or abusive NVH that so many other modified vehicles have.

Improvements made to his stock car include, but are not limited to Steeda competition springs, Steeda sway bars, adjustable panhard bar, bumpsteer kit, adjustable lower control arms, one-piece aluminum driveshaft, racing clutch and as many Steeda billet brackets and attachment points as possible. Jim added; “ I even consulted with Steeda on the perfect tire and wheel alignment needed to maximize road grip on the various tracks that I be competing on. They insisted that the tire I should be using should be the Nitto NT01, because these tires were of the highest quality and offered the best grip and track compliance that they have ever tested. There is no doubt in my mind that the Steeda Team provided me the winning combination of performance parts and insight that turned the Shelby GT into a champion, and for that I am forever grateful.”

Dario Orlando, President Steeda Autosports added: “The entire Team at Steeda Autosports salutes Jim Edwards for his outstanding accomplishments this past season…his record is remarkable ! In addition, I want to thank him for trusting us with the performance modifications and insight we provided him.”

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Steeda Autosport at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Every November, the Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off the season of major auto shows and is considered by many to be one of the top four premier auto shows held in North America. Once again this year, Steeda Autosports has a vehicle on display at this prestigious event – a Steeda Q450 Enforcer that is a showpiece for some of our latest products that we are bringing to market. Located in the Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) display at the show, this unique Q450 Enforcer is referred to as our “Carbon Edition” as it is the debut vehicle for a new line of Mustang Carbon Fiber parts that elevate the Mustang to an entirely different level of appearance and performance.

The Team at Galpin Ford/Galpin Auto Sports knows a thing or two about automobiles as they have been customizing them since the 1960s – and it is no surprise that in their display this year they selected a very special Mustang – our own Steeda Q450 Enforcer that is equipped with our newest product offering – authentic carbon fiber accessories by Raceskinz® which are available directly from Steeda Autosports. These are actual carbon fiber parts made to the highest standards in the industry – not some cheap imitation parts that will discolor or fail early into their life cycle – these are the real deal – Made in the USA. Raceskinz® brings the “Heat to the Street” as they continue to drop fresh designs and ideas on the new Mustang culture with their unique “SwagTech” design philosophy, which combines aggressive design concepts and high performance! The Raceskinz® product line is manufactured using the highest quality materials and advanced composite tooling processes. You simply cannot find a better line of carbon accessories for your Mustang than what we are presenting here.

This 2013 Q450 Enforcer includes the following exclusive carbon fiber product offerings:

  • Hood Heat Extractors
  • Front splitter with side spoilers
  • Mirror Covers
  • Side Rockers
  • Front upper and lower grill
  • Rear Lower Facia

Suffice to say, the Q450 Enforcer with these authentic Carbon Fiber elements tells everyone looking at it, that indeed there is something very special about this Mustang. The carbon fiber accents add not only accent, but a true racer quality level of carbon fiber parts. Quality – Beauty – Functionality: The Raceskinz® line of carbon fiber parts available directly from Steeda Autosports.

In addition to what you can see on the outside, rest assured that under it’s beautiful skin there is a bevy of performance enhancements that you have come to expect from Steeda Autosports.

The Steeda Q450 Enforcer was designed for hardcore, power-hungry performance enthusiasts who want the most Mustang muscle for their money, period. It starts with the 5.0-liter aluminum block V8 that’s a modern interpretation of the legendary Ford power plant. With a bevy of Steeda performance upgrades, this naturally-aspirated beast will churn out plenty of pure pony power to humble the competition. Power means nothing without control, so the Q450 precision-engineered suspension and chassis modifications keep the driver in command and deliver the level of performance that make it an unbeatable combination delivering pure driving excitement.

So if you are in the Los Angeles area, make sure that you stop in and check out the Galpin Auto Sport display located in the Los Angeles Convention Center’s Kentia Hall and see the Steeda Q450 Enforcer Carbon Edition.

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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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