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2013 GT500 Breaks Into The 9’s Using Steeda Parts

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

2013 Mustang GT500

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

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

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

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

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Steeda Attends The Legacy of Liberty Air Show

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

Air Show

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

Air Show

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

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Steeda Vehicle Program Takes Off In High Gear

The Steeda Serialized Vehicle Program – the most comprehensive new-vehicle program of any aftermarket manufacture, provides the new vehicle customer with an array of turn-key ready performance orientated vehicles that fit any performance need and budget. These vehicles all carry a unique Steeda serialization number – guaranteeing their owner that the vehicle they selected is indeed part of the Steeda family of limited edition build of vehicles manufactured only by the Number 1 Ford aftermarket remanufacturer.Each are built up to the highest standards in the industry today, deliver an enhanced driving experience, and provide the level of performance that the niche performance customer requires.

Included in every vehicle we serialize, is the same performance bred DNA that has become the hallmark of Steeda Autosport for the past 25 years – where Speed Matters. Every Steeda vehicle is ready to take on any challenge with their full complement of strategic performance modifications that elevate their handling to a completely different level. From the exclusive Steeda G/Trac Suspension Systems with fully adjustable damping abilities to the specially-tuned components that provide an exhilarating driving experience with outstanding driving dynamics, a Steeda serialized vehicle can be custom built to your own specifications and provide you with the enhanced level of performance and excitement you demand.

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Steeda vehicles include the following:

Q600 StreetFighter

Conceived as the ultimate performance Mustang destined to reign supreme in the Pony Wars, the StreetFighter can be comfortably driven daily, but has all the necessary equipment to be a weekend warrior on the racetrack or drag-strip. The Steeda StreetFighter is a total package that represents the ultimate evolution of expertise over 25-years Mustang performance engineering by Steeda Autosports. It is available with the most extensive suspension upgrades we have ever included on a production vehicle.

Q450 Enforcer

The Steeda Q450 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.

Q350 Sport

When it comes to performance, the Steeda Q350 has been engineered to deliver the kind of gut-wrenching power you expect from Steeda Autosports in an affordable V6 Mustang package. The naturally aspirated 3.7L V6 features a variety of proprietary Steeda powertrain and when combined with the many standard suspension modifications, they make the Q350 a total package that delivers on the Steeda promise that Speed Matters! Overall, the Steeda Q350 has a distinctive design from front to back and delivers performance engineering that will help you blow the doors off the competition.

Steeda Focus Sport

With European heritage and a global design, every Ford Focus offers addictive driving dynamics, but the Steeda Focus Sport delivers an exhilarating experience that will satisfy even the most demanding performance junkies. On the street or on the track this unique package has the increased performance, improved handling, aggressive looks and competitive feel to make a true automotive enthusiast want to climb behind the wheel and stay there.

Click Here, to download the Focus Sport Hero Card.

Steeda Fiesta Sport

The Steeda Fiesta Sport comes standard with handling and performance upgrades to excite the most uncompromising compact car enthusiasts.. With it’s standard and available optional equipment, the Steeda Fiesta Sport is a great-looking affordable high-performance sport compact that delivers plenty of driving thrills and pays off on the Steeda promise that “Speed Matters”!

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In addition to the above vehicles, we also specially modify Mustang GT500 and Mustang Boss 302 models – each which deliver enhanced performance and driving dynamics. In the future, looks for even more vehicle under this program.

For additional information about the turn-key ready Steeda Serialized Vehicle program, please visit www.steeda.com/vehicles, you may also email: vehicles@steeda.com with specific questions, or call Rob Lefrancois at 954-629-1233.

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An Independence Day Message From Dario Orlando

With the 236th anniversary of our great nation’s independence occurring on Wednesday, I think it is indeed very important that we take pause and reflect upon the brave and selfless men and women in our armed services that protect our freedom each and every day. These brave individuals serve our country with the greatest of honor – so that we can all enjoy the peace and well being that makes the United States of America the free country it is today. For their countless sacrifices that they make every day, the entire Team at Steeda Autosports and their families are forever grateful.

Not to be overlooked, the economic backbone of the United States independence has suffered greatly recently and is still under attack. Far too much manufacturing has been outsourced offshore – effectively taking your hard earned dollars out of this economy and making times exceptionally difficult for the American worker and threatening the economic well being and sanctity of our homeland.

At Steeda, we firmly believe in the capabilities and fortitude of the American worker and that is why we have resisted the trend of outsourcing our design, engineering and production resources – instead, we have put full faith in the American worker and the American economy in everything we do. That is why we chose to expand our operations in this country and invest in America. We have and will continue to increase our American operations and will always bring to market the finest American Made performance parts and accessories for your Ford vehicles. While most if not all of our competitors have yielded to corporate greed and outsourced most if not all of their production overseas, we remain steadfastly committed to the United States of America with the belief that our customers want American made products for their American vehicles.

So while you enjoy this holiday with your family, please give thanks and remember to treasure the freedom we all are blessed with thanks to our current and past servicemen and servicewomen.

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From all of us at Steeda, have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July,

Steeda is Still in Florida!

The big news coming from Steeda Autosports has been the complete move of the manufacturing department to Valdosta, Georgia. The reason for the move is simple; with our expansion into Valdosta in 2009 we relocated much of our manufacturing team and equipment to our brand new 100,000 square foot facility. Now after a few years of getting acclimated in our Georgia location it only makes sense to move the entire manufacturing business under that one roof. This also makes it easier for Scott Boda, our plant manager, to monitor all aspects of the manufacturing process making sure it adheres to the strict quality that Steeda parts are known for.

But, in all this excitement about our growth to this new region, we wanted to assure you we have not left our South Florida location in Pompano Beach. This company was started in 1988 in Pompano Beach, Florida, and we will always have a location here.

We still have our nationally recognized service department for all your Mustang high performance needs. We also have a full sales staff and walk in showroom with all the high quality Steeda parts for your Ford vehicle. So whether you need a full suspension install, custom dyno tuning, or just a simple alignment or oil change, come see us at Steeda Autosports in Pompano Beach, Florida.

If anyone tells you we are not in Pompano anymore, show them this message. If you are in South Florida, stop by our showroom today!

Steeda Performance Vehicle Program at Full Speed !!

The Steeda Serialized Vehicle Program has had a tremendous launch over the past 60 days as our sales team is actively enrolling key-selected dealers for defined market selling rights in this exclusive performance vehicle program. With the intention of satisfying the wants, needs, and desires of the niche vehicle performance enthusiast, the Steeda Serialized Program provides the Ford enthusiast with a wide array of product offerings that include the Ford Mustang, Fusion, Focus, and Fiesta – with each vehicle custom modified to suite individual performance needs.

Naturally, as the orders come in, the vehicles need to be assembled and the Steeda assembly operations are also expanding to meet demand. Currently production is being accomplished at our newest state-of-the-art Valdosta, Georgia operations facility and also at our Headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida. As demand continues to grow, we anticipate volumetric growth in each of these locations with the potential for even a third manufacturing facility to come on line to meet demand both nationally and internationally. All of our vehicles undergo a comprehensive validation and certification before they are released for sale – just another way we ensure that the Steeda vehicle you get is the best it can be.

Below for your browsing are just a few pictures of some of the recent vehicles built at our Valdosta facility – all brand new Steeda vehicles that will soon be mated with their new very proud owners.

For information about Steeda Serialized Vehicles please contact our Global Manager of Performance Vehicles – Rob LeFrancois at: 954-629-1233 or email him at: vehicles@steeda.com

Look for a Steeda Certified Ford Dealer in your area soon !

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Remembering a Legend – Carroll Shelby

Carroll Shelby, a former chicken farmer who roared out of the hills of East Texas to become a champion race car driver and the father of the muscle car, building some of the fastest and sleekest sports cars ever to hit the highway, died May 10 at age 89.

Carroll Shelby was nearly 30 years old before he entered his first car race – a quarter-mile drag meet in 1952. The hot rod he drove to the finish line that day was powered by a Ford V8 and cemented into history his long term relationship with Ford Motor Company. Later, Carroll Shelby was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1957, when he won 19 consecutive road races, and was twice was named the magazine’s driver of the year. In 1959, he became the second American-born driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race driving for the Aston Martin Racing Team (along with his British teammate, Roy Salvadori).

When a persistent heart condition forced him to retire from racing in 1960, Mr. Shelby turned his efforts towards the automotive aftermarket. Determined to make the fastest sports car on the road, Carroll mated a Ford 289 V-8 engine in the chassis of a little-known British AC Roadster and dubbed his new car the Shelby Cobra and created a legend. In addition to this highly successful effort, Carroll created many other performance vehicles including the GT500s and collaborated with Ford on the original Ford GT40 and later the Ford GT supercar programs.

The entire team at Steeda Autosports mourns the passing of Carroll Shelby and sincerely appreciates the many collaborative efforts that he has done for the Ford performance enthusiast over the years.

One of The World’s Fastest 5.0 Mustangs Uses Steeda Parts

For IMMEDIATE Release – May 7, 2012

When Chris Cruz, just like many of us, had a “need” to have the fastest 2011 5.0L Mustang in the world. We all know that to accomplish this task it takes some major horsepower, a wide array of performance parts, and some excellent workmanship to make it all happen. Enlisting the assistance of Evolution Performance, they developed a 1,002 RWHP / 1,070 RWTQ performance behemoth that would most certainly provide the huge amount of raw power needed to propel the ‘Stang into the 8 second range with a run of 8.99 at 153 MPH!

Suffice to say, having over 1,000 RWHP presents quite a few issues when you pull the trigger and release ALL of that intense power at one time to blast down the quarter mile. When it came to sourcing the very best suspension parts to harness that power – Evolution Performance chose suspension components from Steeda Autosports – parts that are renown for their durability both on the street and on the track. For this extreme duty application, the following regular Steeda production parts were chosen by Evolution Performance as they knew they would stand up to the extreme torture that they would be subjected to:

In additional to harnessing all of the power – we all know that weight is the enemy of Mustang performance – and to save precious pounds from the front-end, Evolution Performance installed our Steeda Lightweight Radiator Support (P/N 555 5080) which is made for light 4130 Chrome moly steel material. This quality manufactured tubular part is 50% of the weight of the stock steel unit and yet is still strong enough for you to run your front swaybar when not at the drag strip! In fact, this item is the perfect item for the road course/autocross car to reduce front-end weight and improve weight distribution.

Note that these are not some special “racer only” parts or parts that were specially “one-off” fabricated parts – they are the regular production quality parts that we designed, manufactured, and sell daily to Mustang owners over the world. Proof that the quality that we instill into EVERY part we provide!

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Steeda Performance Vehicle Program

Strategically engineered modifications, aggressive road-gripping suspensions, addictive driving dynamics, menacing good looks, gut-wrenching power, and precision powertrain tuning for optimum performance are the essential ingredients for pure hardcore driving excitement.   This is the no-holds-barred guiding philosophy that drives the passionate Steeda Autosports Team and it shows in every performance vehicle we design and build.

We know that today’s demanding drivers accept no limits when it comes to performance. The entire Steeda performance vehicle line-up offers the ultimate evolution of performance engineering for the rabid community of enthusiasts who demand matchless muscle, uncompromised handling capabilities, and a handcrafted level of quality from master trained engineers and certified technicians.

The comprehensive portfolio of vehicles offered through this program provides a wide selection for different driver needs and desires.  The following performance icons will be available exclusively from select Steeda Authorized and Certified Ford dealers nationwide:

2013 Steeda Q Series Mustangs

2013 Steeda Q600 StreetFighter - The Ultimate

The Steeda StreetFighter is a modern legend ready and eager to take on any challenge.   A complement of strategic performance modifications elevate the iconic Mustang to a completely different level.  The exclusive Steeda G-Trac Suspension System with its fully adjustable damping and specially-tuned components provides an exhilarating driving experience with outstanding driving dynamics. Conceived as the ultimate performance Mustang destined to reign supreme in the Pony Wars, the StreetFighter can be comfortably driven daily, but has all the necessary equipment to be a weekend warrior on the racetrack or drag-strip.

The Steeda StreetFighter is a total package that represents the ultimate evolution of expertise over 25-years Mustang performance engineering by Steeda Autosports.  It is available with the most extensive suspension upgrades we have ever included on a production vehicle – including our Watt’s Link Suspension system. There is simply no other serialized Mustang available today that offers the aggressive styling and performance attitude of this ultimate competitor.

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2013 Steeda Q450 – Enforcer - The Iconic 5.0 Reborn

The Steeda Q450 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.

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Steeda Q350 Sport - Pure Adrenaline

When it comes to performance, the Steeda Q350 has been engineered to deliver the kind of gut-wrenching power you expect from Steeda Autosports in an affordable V6 Mustang package. The naturally aspirated 3.7L V6 features a variety of proprietary Steeda powertrain components and when combined with the many standard suspension modifications, they make the Q350 a total package that delivers on the Steeda promise that Speed Matters!  Overall, the Steeda Q350 has a distinctive design from front to back and delivers performance engineering that will help you blow the doors off the competition.

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2012 Steeda Fusion Sport - A Stealth Road Warrior

The 2012 Steeda Fusion Sport is conceived for the enthusiast who wants an all-American four-door alternative to European performance sedans. The Steeda Autosports transformation of the 2012 Ford Fusion platform is nothing short of dramatic. The Steeda Fusion Sport incorporates strategic modifications and precision tuning that turn it into a true high performance sedan with an aggressive look that will 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.

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2012 Steeda Focus Sport - Highly Addictive

With European heritage and a global design, every Ford Focus offers addictive driving dynamics, but the Steeda Focus Sport delivers an exhilarating experience that will satisfy even the most demanding performance junkies. On the street or on the track, the Steeda Focus Sport is a unique package with increased performance, improved handling, aggressive looks and competitive feel to make a true automotive enthusiast want to climb behind the wheel and stay there.

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2012 Steeda Fiesta Sport - Fun to drive


The Steeda Fiesta Sport comes standard with handling and performance upgrades to excite the most uncompromising compact car enthusiasts.  Specially tuned for the kind of road-gripping handling that small car fanatics demand, we have equipped this vehicle with a variety of specially tuned performance enhancements that deliver an even sportier ride to enhance your driving  qaffordable high-performance sport compact that delivers plenty of driving thrills and pays off on the Steeda promise that “Speed Matters”!

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And Much More…

In addition to the above stable of performance vehicles, we also will be announcing and subsequently producing a series of specially modified, limited edition vehicles that will include:

  • Raceskinz Limited Edition Mustang – a bespoke limited edition that provides all the performance elements you expect from Steeda with all of the unique luxury and cosmetic enhancements that Raceskinz is famous for
  • Steeda Certified GT500 – Elevates the GT500 to an entirely different level of world-class handling and performance- Steeda Certified Boss 302 – Include extensive suspension and powertrain enhancements that transform the Boss 302 into a terror on the asphalt
  • Steeda Police Pursuit – Specially modified vehicles for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security operations – available in stealth and marked versions.  Sales restricted to Police/Government use only.

For more detailed information and specific pricing you may check out our new vehicle section by, clicking here.  For dealer and purchase information, please contact Rob Lefrancois, Steeda Performance Vehicles Global Manager of Serialized Vehicles at vehicles@steeda.com or call him directly at 954-629-1233.

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Proudly Made in The U.S.A.

Steeda is proud to be featured in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s “Make it in America” campaign. (Click here to see the feature)

We would also like to thank WORZ 104.3 FM radio and Frank Patterson for having Dario Orlando on the air to talk about Steeda’s commitment to America and our support of the American worker.

At Steeda we pride ourselves in making the best products manufactured in America by American workers.  With our state of the art facility in Valdosta, Georgia and our company headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida, we proudly help support our local and national economies. There has never been a better or more important time to buy American made products than right now.

At Steeda we are proud to produce all Steeda brand parts right here in the USA.