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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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Steeda Invades Motor City

Annually, August in Southeastern Michigan is a hotbed of car shows and activity as the Motor City celebrates everything automotive in a grand way.  This year, was no exception as the American automotive mecca pulled out all stops to celebrate the automobile and Steeda Autosports made sure that our loyal customers attending these events would also have a chance to see some of our latest product offerings.  From the Mustang Memories Car Show to the Woodward Dream Cruise, August in Michigan is the place to be.

Mustang Memories at the Ford World Headquarters – Taking place on the grounds of the Ford World Headquarters and presented by the Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan (MOCSEM), this annual event is most certainly one of the key shows you need to attend in the future.  Steeda Autosports is a co-sponsor of this event for the past several years and we were on hand with a variety of cars to showcase including the 5.0L supercharged Steeda StreetFighter, a Steeda modified 2006 Ford GT, and an exceptional 2006 Q400 displayed by loyal customer John Long.  In addition, American Iron Champion Robin Burnett and Camaro/Mustang Challenge driver Anders Sjoblom each their Steeda prepared race cars on display and were on hand to answer any questions the show attendees had about their competitive cars.
In addition, the Mustang Dream Giveaway presented the keys to the lucky winner of the two Boss 302 Mustangs at this event.  A classic/restored 1969 Boss 302 and a new 2012 Boss 302 with cosmetic modifications directed by Ford Designer Melvin Betancourt were awarded to 24 year old Thomas Barker of Effingham, Illinois.  Suffice to say, the 2012 Boss 302 received a full Steeda suspension treatment as well as a Tri-Ax® shifter to further enhance its outstanding handling and overall outstanding performance.

Woodward Dream Cruise – This annual cruise is undoubtedly the largest car cruise in the world with over 1.5 Million people celebrating various car cultures, and automotive performance.  The “official” cruise occurs on the 3rd Saturday in August, but in actuality the cruising begins well over a month before the official date as ten of thousands of people populate the cruise route on evenings leading up to the cruise.  This year, there were multiple sightings of the Steeda StreetFighter and even a “street-legal” Steeda race car cruising the famous M1 boulevard.  Needless to say, there were no tickets issued, but there most certainly are many memories of some high horsepower Steeda cars pounding the pavement from traffic signal to traffic signal.

In addition to the actual Dream Cruise on Woodward, Ford Motor Company sponsors the Mustang Alley where hundreds of Mustangs are on static display during the cruise, and in the days preceding the actual cruise, Ford open up the Mustang Plant (Auto Alliance) for some special behind the scenes tours. This year, Steeda was asked to display one of our cars at the plant, and we obliged by having the Steeda StreetFighter making a stop to be showcased in a display in front of the assembly plant.  Dario Orlando and his son Zach made a special trip to the Motor City so they could be on hand to answer questions about the car and to participate in the tour as well as the official Dream cruise events.
If you have not been to the Motor City and attended any of the Dream Cruise events in the past – plan now for 2012 as these are some events that should be on your “bucket list”!!!

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Steeda Supports the Ford Blue Angels Mustang

The United States Navy’s Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, popularly know as the Blue Angels, regularly fly six highly advanced F/A-18 Hornet that are twin engine, mid-wing, multi-mission tactical aircraft. This aircraft is highly maneuverable and responsive, owing to its good thrust to weight ratio, unique design, and a digital fly-by-wire control system.  When Ford Motor Company set out to create a unique one-of-a-kind “Blue Angels” edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT, it was only natural that the Steeda Watt’s Link Suspension would be used to provide the crisp handling and responsiveness that the Blue Angels have been noted for.

This one-of-a-kind Mustang is being auctioned at the Gathering of Eagles Charity Gala on July 28, during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 2011 AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s greatest aviation celebration.  All proceeds from the car donation and sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992 while also teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and enhanced math and science skills.

“The precision, discipline and excitement that define the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight team are qualities we celebrate at Ford,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s board of directors. “With this year’s beautiful ‘Blue Angels’ edition Mustang GT, we’ve captured those qualities and paired them with the innovation Ford design and engineering team members build into all of our vehicles. Through this project, we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.”

The Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang pays tribute to 100 years of naval aviation, which will be celebrated all week at AirVenture 2011 as part of the show’s Tier 1 event status from the U.S. Navy tied to its yearlong Centennial of Naval Aviation festivities. The car will be on display inside the Ford Hangar throughout EAA AirVenture.

Dario Orlando, President and CEO of Steeda Autosports adds: “I am exceptionally proud that the Steeda Watt’s Link Suspension System was chosen for this specialty Mustang.  I am confident that this suspension will live up to the reputation that the Blue Angels program has instilled for the ultimate in precision handling.  At Steeda, we fully support the EAA and its Young Eagles Program, the Navy’s Blue Angels, as well all of our servicemen and women in our various military branches.”

The exterior of Ford’s “Blue Angels” Mustang GT was inspired by the acclaimed naval aviation performance demonstration team and the F-18 Hornet aircraft it flies. The car’s custom rear spoiler’s vertical tailfins, the “screaming yellow” gloss accents, inclusion of the Blue Angels script and crest all are drawn from the Navy aircraft. The unique chrome blue paint, is unlike anything available on a production vehicle anywhere in the world.

Additional unique details of the “Blue Angels” Mustang include cluster graphics, performance gauges, navigation screen images, safety belt fabric, instrument panel appliqués, rear seat-delete and cross-brace, Blue Angels script in the illuminated sill plates and puddle lamps that project jet images when the doors open.

For more information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, visit http://www.AirVenture.org.

For more information on the Steeda Mustang Watt’s Link SystemClick Here.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

At Steeda Autosports we customarily prefer to take a low-keyed approach as we embark on our mission of building the very best performance parts and accessories for Ford vehicles.   Daily we receive many accolades and comments, all that we sincerely welcome and appreciate.  The thought came to us that you just might like to read just a few of the various comments that our customers have sent to us recently – it is the unbiased vote of confidence that our loyal customers enjoy whenever they purchase items from us.

From 2011GT: Hold on to your pants!!!

I had the Steeda Ultimate Induction Pak installed on my 2011 Mustang GT Premium MT, at the same time as I had my Ultra-Lite Springs installed. From the moment I got my new 5.0, I was impressed with the power band, torque and acceleration of the car. But after the install of the Steeda CAI and Tune, my Mustang became a whole different breed. It’s alive, breathing and running stronger than ever before!

This combination is a MUST for every 5.0 owner to really enjoy the full potential of the car! The throttle response is phenomenal, the increased power is definitely noticible through out the entire RPM range and the tune just sets the car apart from all other Mustangs. You can actually hear the air being sucked into the huge cone filter!!! Absolutely awesome product!!!

From SSG Terry Roberts – US Military: 4th of July Message

Hello my name is SSG Terry Roberts I wanted to personally thank Mr. Orlando for his heart felt message he sent out on the 4th of July. I totally agree with Mr. Orlando that America is and will be the best place to live and work.  Sadly I have seen the effects of Companies farming out work to overseas shops and putting into the market inferior products. That’s why I took the time to make my choices when it comes to my 2006 Mustang GT. Steeda offers first a superior product that is made in The United States Of America. I have dedicated my life to the service of this country for over 20 years during times of war and peace. I write this letter from my current positionin the Combat Zone.  I just wanted to thank Steeda its employees and vendors for their dedication not only to a American Icon like the Mustang but the philosophy and fact that MADE IN AMERICA means something and is worth defending.

God Bless you Mr. Orlando and the Steeda family of fine performance products and God bless America.

From jsnyng: Excellent CAI

I’ve had the Steeda ProFlow Cold Air Intake on my 2011 Mustang GT for a couple of months now. This product combined with an SCT tuner should be the first performance upgrade to any 2011 Mustang GT 5.0. Off the showroom floor, these cars are awesome, but the additional horsepower, increased throttle response, and old-school muscle car sound make this upgrade well worth the money.

Installation was fairly straightforward and simple. Even if you’re not a mechanic by trade, if you can follow instructions you can install this yourself. It takes about 10 minutes to get the old intake off your car. It took me about 30 minutes to assemble the new intake right out of the box. It took about 10 minutes to put the new intake back on the car. From start to finish, I was done with the installation in about an hour.

From Blacklxnotch: Love my shifter!

I’ve used Steeda shifters in all my Mustangs and I’ve loved them! Starting with my 87 Mustang, my former 96 Cobra, and now my current 2011 Mustang GT. This shifter is amazing!!! I thought the stock shifter was pretty good for once on my 2011 and was not sure how much better it could get. This shifter is WAY ahead of the stock one and I’m very happy I took the plunge and got it. It tightens things up nicely, makes the throw much shorter but still shifting nice and smooth. It is not notchy at all. It also makes the 2nd to 3rd shift a breeze! This is my 3rd Steeda shifter and none of them have ever disappointed me. Steeda ROCKS!!!

From jsnyng: Love the aggressive look

The aggressive stance that these springs provide is awesome. I would call it perfect. I have them on my 2011 Mustang GT, and the car no longer has that 4×4 stance. The car is even and balanced. I’ve gotten more compliments on the car since getting these springs than anything else I’ve done to it. If you’re going for that “slammed” look, you might want to try the UltraLites. The ride with these Steeda Sport Springs is much better than stock. There is no braking nosedive, and the car just feels planted when going into corners

From 3fifty6: Total Satisfaction

I must take this opportunity, once again, to thank you for the quality of the Steeda products. My car sounds great – Steeda mufflers, runs very strong with my Steeda cold air box & retune, & looks great with my Steeda springs. It now sits where it should & I am very pleased with the improvement in handling. Cornering is now much crisper. When i get some decent tires I will be setting the world on fire. Everything fits perfectly & the fit & finish is the best. Thank you. I look forward to the improvement in shifting I will enjoy with my new shifter.

From Eleanorstang07: Shocks and Struts

I have had Steeda Pro-Action Shocks and Struts installed for about 60,000 miles so far and still no leaks or failure. I’m running these with Steeda sport springs and love the ride. Daily driver, not hoppy nor too soft. In my opinion just right for a great look with great performance.

From srs276: Frame brace

This should be one of the first improvements done to the car! It tightened everything up so much that I no longer have any creaks or squeaks around the interior area of the doors. The rear is firmly planted at the drags strip, but I really noticed the difference in the cornering abilities. Bolted right up, then had them welded in place.

From joey88: WOW

All I have to say is that this intake will turn your car into another animal! I highly recommend this for any new 5.0 Stang out there…The performance and sound are amazing. Made a HUGE difference

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Independence Day Message – From Dario Orlando

With Independence Day 2011 right around the corner, one naturally is reminded about the level of freedom Americans enjoy every day. As Americans, we enjoy the highest level of freedom that anyone in the world can have – all as a direct result of our forebears and our American servicemen and servicewomen who put their lives on the line for us everyday. For their ongoing support and commitment to the United States of America, the entire Team at Steeda Autosports including myself, are sincerely thankful.

There is no doubt that America is the best country in the world to live today, and while our public servants and armed forces have done an outstanding job of protecting us from physical threats, we are still under an intense attack economically. For many years, jobs and manufacturing capacities have been outsourced to locations that are beyond our borders and as a result, our hard earned American dollars have been diverted to various off-shore locations. The end result is that the American economy is in the worst shape it has been in during the past 75 years and many of our friends and families are suffering.

At Steeda Autosports we are doing all we can do to reverse the trend of outsourcing to foreign countries. We have a dedicated American workforce that is actively employed in two locations: Pompano Beach, Florida and our newest facility in Valdosta, Georgia. We strongly support the American worker by not going with the trend that many of our competitors have done over the years – we have kept our design, engineering, manufacturing, and support here in the United States of America where it belongs!

So while you enjoy this holiday with your family, please do not take our freedom for granted, and please buy products and services that are made in America.

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.

Dario Orlando
President and CEO, Steeda Autosports

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