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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.

Steeda Offers a Full Line of Boss 302 Performance Products

The new Ford Mustang Boss 302 is viewed by many as the best overall Mustang Ford has ever produced. As good as it is in original form Steeda has found ways to improve it and take it to the next level.

Starting  with the suspension, the Steeda Boss springs are designed to slightly lower the vehicle in the front and lower the rear approximately 3/4”. With the front height remaining largely unchanged, the front roll center geometry remains optimal.  However, by substantially increasing spring rates, body roll is reduced as is nose diving during heavy braking. Thanks to our years of experience with Mustangs, we are able to do this and still maintain near stock ride quality characteristics.

2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca

We have also designed several levels of suspension packages that include our awesome Boss springs, adjustable front and rear swaybars , adjustable upper strut mounts and more to achieve the maximum handling potential of the Boss 302 Mustang.With the new Boss 302 Mustang comes the new Boss 302 engine. We took our years of experience building performance proven cold air induction kits and designed a kit tailor made for this heavy breathing new engine. Starting with a high flow filter we added our “race tested” velocity stack” entry, this is located within a stainless steel heat shield with a rubber gasket to seal it against the hood. We also retain the factory cold air feed duct from the front bumper. We then added a 101mm MAF housing which is coupled to a new high flow inlet tube with our Cool-Tube technology.  All of this adds up to 30 plus horsepower when combined with the required custom tune that compensates for the increased airflow.

So if you are looking to get the most out of your Boss 302 Mustang, look no further than Steeda Autosports!

Holiday Message Steeda Founder, Dario Orlando

On behalf of the entire team at Steeda Autosports, I want to wish all of our customers, friends, and industry partners the very best during this Holiday Season.  As we reflect upon the past year, everyone at Steeda Autosports fully realizes just how fortunate we are to have such loyal and dedicated customers that support our passion for performance – for that, we are all extremely grateful.

As we embark into 2012, it is very important to remember to enjoy the simple things in life that matter most, and to maintain a lifestyle that keeps a strong family focus in everything you do, because it is these things in life that really matter most.  And let’s not forget about our dedicated service men and women in our armed forces during this Holiday Season – it is because of their sacrifices that we all can enjoy a safe and free holiday celebration once again this year.

From myself and the entire Steeda Autosports Team – have a very happy holiday and prosperous New Year and we look forward to supporting your performance needs in 2012 and beyond.

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Steeda Launches Online LIVE Chat Assistance

At Steeda Autosports we do far more than just engineer, manufacture, and sell performance parts and accessories for Ford vehicles.  Customer service is a key ingredient in everything we do both before, during, and after the sale.   We have a staff of highly trained and knowledgeable sales / technical professionals that are committed to assisting you with your performance needs.  In response to popular demand, we have launched a new internet-based LIVE CHAT function that provides our customers with yet another method to correspond with us.

No matter what your preference for communication is, whether it is by telephone, by email, in person, or by chatting – we are committed to offer you the highest flexibility in customer support to meet and exceed your expectations.  So when you are shopping for that performance part or accessories, there are now four different communication channels available to suite your needs.

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MM&FF at the Test Track with a 5.0

Muscle Mustang and Fast Fords recently traveled to Gainsville Raceway where they did an on-track evaluation of the basic Steeda suspension upgrades to a 2011 5.0L Mustang GT.  In a no-holes barred evaluation, MM&FF Associate Editor Marc Christ reveals the benefits that a modest suspension upgrade of shocks, springs, struts and swaybars can make to your Mustang.

By first testing the pony to gain it’s baseline performance figures on the track and on the skidpad, they then did a trackside swap of some basic Steeda suspension upgrade components, and then immediately went back on the track and skidpad with the same driver under the same identical weather conditions for an honest re-evaluation – for the results, you just have to see the video!

Suffice to say, the video does an outstand job of showcasing the before and after performance of the Mustang, revealing the degree of lean, it’s trackside manners, as well as it’s skidpad performance before and after the swap.   In addition, they also show just how easy it is to perform the suspension upgrades with relatively simple mechanic tools.

Now – just imagine what could be done to the car’s performance level if you added a few more of our suspension components (lower trailing arms, bumpsteer kit, Watt’s Link, etc)….the results would be even more dramatic.   Remember – on the track, every fraction of a second on a lap can make the difference between just finishing the race, or finishing in first place.  At Steeda, we are meticulous at getting every ounce of performance that can be obtained from a ride without sacrificing ride quality, your Ford warranty, or raping your pocketbook.  Remember – more races have been won, more records have been set, and more racing championships have been decided with Steeda Autosports performance parts than any other brand on the market today.

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Get Your Heart Racing

On October 15, 2011, the Henry Ford Hospital’s Get Your Heart Racing charity event took place on the grounds of the super-secret Ford Motor Company Dearborn Proving Grounds. The event raised over $750,000 to benefit the Henry Ford Hospital.   Both racing legend Parnelli Jones and three-time X Games Gold Medalist and two-time Formula Drift champion Tanner Foust got their heart racing when they drove the 690 HP Steeda StreetFighter on the Ford handling course at speed.

Both Tanner Foust and Parnelli Jones were equally impressed with the outstanding handling of the StreetFighter and they were especially impressed with it’s nimble steering feedback as well as the exceptional manner in which it was able to handle the twisty turn and elevation changes that the course challenges drivers with.

In addition to the Steeda StreetFighter, event attendees were also treated to rides in a slew of Boss 302 Mustangs as well as some F150 Raptors on a challenging off-road course. When you add in a wet skid-pad area as well as a drag strip, the afternoon event was an experience that was indeed exceptional.  A grand finale featured Parnelli Jones driving a Boss 302 with Ford Marketing Executive John Felice and Tanner Foust doing a serious burnout in a Ford Racing supercharged 5.0L Mustang.

During the evening that was hosted by Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally, a one-of-a kind Boss 302 Laguna Seca designed by Ford Designer Melvin Betancourt with one-of-a-kind Parnelli Jones graphics was auctioned off for $300,000, and an original Camilo Pardo oil painting that was signed by Parnelli Jones sold for $10,000.  In total – over $750,000 was raised for the Henry Ford Hospital ensuring that inaugural event will become a reoccurring event next year!

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Steeda Wins the 2011 CMC2 National Championship

The Camaro-Mustang Challenge Racing 2 Series (CMC2) is the forum where newer model V-8 powered Mustangs and Camaros come together and race in a highly competitive series.  With the race cars so evenly matched, the racing is as close, exciting, and challenging as it gets.  For the 2011 season, the CMC2 National Champion is Anders Sjoblom – and he won the national championship driving a completely Street Legal Steeda Mustang!

Anders Sjoblom is your typical motorsports enthusiast, he loves fast cars, likes to push the envelope in everything he does, and racing his Steeda Mustang allows him to have the competitive experiences that makes all his hard work worth while.  While many race teams are BIG $$$ operations that are heavily financed and have huge support behind them, Anders takes a better approach to his racing efforts and uses a completely street legal Steeda Mustang as his car of choice to dominate on the race track.  Being an automotive enthusiast with a strong desire to have fun and to test his driving skills on the racetrack, Anders used his analytical insight to rely on Steeda Autosports for his performance parts and modifications – and the Steeda Q Series was his Mustang of choice.

When you look at his record this season, you have to be impressed with his many successes.  With a total of 17 races, Anders was able to finish on the podium a total of 16 times – with a record 8 1st place finishes, 4 2nd place finishes – a truly impressive accomplishment on it’s own, and when you take into consideration that this is his second consecutive National Championship, it is even more amazing!

To underscore the street-ability nature of his race car, following his championship clinching victory at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Anders Steeda Mustang was loaded onto a transport trailer with another race car for the several hundred mile journey back to his home.   After only a few miles on the road, the transport trailer encountered a structural problem that required them to unload one of the cars so as to enable them to safely limp the trailer back home.   Needless to say, Anders off-loaded his Steeda Mustang and then proceeded to drive it like he was out for a leisurely Sunday cruise.   Imagine the looks he received from the many onlookers when they saw a street-legal, championship winning, yellow Steeda Mustang with a full roll-cage and race graphics driving on the interstate!

Anders Sjoblom’s fantastic accomplishments underscore the overall success that Steeda Autosports has realized since our inception.   In our 23 years of uninterrupted operation and racing, Steeda equipped cars have won more races, more championships, and set more records than ALL of our competitors combined.  More than Roush, Shelby, and Saleen combined.

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Get Your Heart Racing

Ford Motor Company and The Henry Ford Hospital are conducting a once in the lifetime experience that is not your typical fundraiser.  When you have a fundraiser called Get Your Heart Racing, not just any activities will do and Ford Motor Company and The Henry Ford Hospital Health Systems are pulling out all stops to make the day a truly unforgettable experience for performance aficionados everywhere.

The Henry Ford Health System is inviting guests to experience two rare and exclusive events.  A day at Ford Motor Company’s ultra-restricted test track, with thrilling race track activities like hot lap rides with professional driver Tanner Foust and legendary driver Parnelli Jones, as well as test runs around the various test track courses and surfaces that Ford tests their vehicles on, and drag racing complete with “Christmas Tree” starting lights.   Then, enjoy an evening Winner’s Circle afterglow, hosted by Ford CEO and honorary event chair Alan Mulally where there will be a strolling dinner and an opportunity to bid on exciting prizes, with all proceeds benefiting the Edit and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute and the Center for Cardiac Care at Henry Ford Hospital.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to own a true original – a 1 of 1 edition of the all-new 2012 Ford Boss 302 Laguna Seca that is specially prepared by Ford Motor Company to be a true salute to the historical achievements of the Boss Mustang.  Auctioned off during the evening reception, this special edition Boss 302 Laguna Seca Mustang will be personally signed by Parnelli Jones and will most certainly be a truly unique collectors car.

Steeda Autosports supports Ford Motor Company and The Henry Ford Hospital Get your Heart Racing Event.  For more information about the fundraise, please click on:  getyourheartracing.org or call 734-246-9639

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2011 Steeda Stampede & Fun Ford Weekend

The 2011 Steeda Stampede, an annual event at Steeda World Headquarters in Pompano Beach Florida, was once again another tremendous success as the Steeda fans and faithful packed the Steeda Campus for a morning of car shows, tech discussions, dyno runs, and much-much more. With over $10,000 in door prizes that were donated by Steeda as well as some of our other event sponsors, there was something for everyone.  Of course “Frank’s Garage” sale had a slew of performance and take-off part bargains for everyone.

The grounds of Pompano campus were loaded with many great Steeda and Ford performance vehicles, including many of the historic Steeda vehicles built over the years and raced on the track. In addition, the entire Steeda campus was packed with customer rides – all on display for everyone to check out and comment on.

With hundreds of cars on display this year – the annual Steeda Stampede is indeed one of those cool Saturday morning events that you should always plan on attending.  Following the events at the Steeda campus, everyone embarked on a Stampede to the Fun Ford Weekend event at the Palm Beach International Raceway where there was non-stop action – from car display to racing.   While the Stampede for this year is over, rest assured that we will have more – with two Steeda Stampedes being scheduled for next year…one at our World Headquarters in Pompano Beach Florida and the other at our Valdosta, Georga facility.

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Steeda Performance Vehicle Program

With over 22 years of uninterrupted racing and performance part design, engineering and manufacturing experience we know how tough it is to keep a secret in our business.   So, rather than wait, we decided to announce that Steeda Autosports is launching a new Steeda Performance Vehicle Program that will appeal to the most discerning enthusiasts.  It has been created for the sole purpose of offering completed vehicles to the niche performance enthusiasts who demand dramatic performance, uncompromised handling capabilities, and a handcrafted level of quality by master trained mechanics.

This officially serialized program will initially offer the following vehicles via a network of specially selected Ford Dealers:

  • Steeda Q650 StreetFighter (supercharged 5.0L)
  • Steeda Q450 SuperSport (naturally aspirated 5.0L)
  • Steeda Q350 Sport(3.7L V6)
  • Raceskinz Edition (available in all powertrain configurations)

In addition to the above vehicle lines, we will also be producing a series of other special edition vehicles with unique appeal – to be followed by other vehicle lines in the future that will provide the fully comprehensive product line-up so many enthusiasts have asked for.

At Steeda, our DNA underscores our philosophy that Speed Matters® and we leave nothing on the table when we produce these vehicles.   Each vehicle will offer the purchaser complete individual customization for their specific performance needs, and will proudly carry the Steeda badge – providing your assurance of quality, performance, and value.

Our rich history of racing is a tradition that started when Dario Orlando first hit the racetrack at Sebring, and it continues today in everything that we do.  At Steeda, second place is never good enough, so we always push the envelope to provide performance enthusiasts the best products that meet the needs of the most demanding drivers.   More races have been won, more records set, and more championships won with Steeda – than with all of our competitors combined.  As impressive as our record is, we don’t intend to stand on it. Instead, we plan to build on it and continue to strive for new level of achievement with everything we do.

In the coming weeks we will be updating our website to incorporate all of our vehicle specifics and our list of select dealers plus complete vehicle pricing and images.   In the interim, if you have any specific questions, or want to be added to our initial product mailing list, please email our Global Manager of Serialized Vehicles – Rob Lefrancois at:  vehicles@steeda.com

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