Ford has hit a home run when they brought the 2013 Focus ST with the 2.0L EcoBoost to market as it provides enthusiasts looking for increased performance and handling in a compact package the added bonus of great fuel economy. With this platform we saw the outstanding potential to take it to the next level of overall engine performance. After months of dedicated research and development, Steeda Autosports is proud to formally announce our Steeda Certified Custom Tune services for the 2.0L EcoBoost powered Focus ST.
With the stock calibration from Ford Motor Company, we found there is a substantial amount of torque and throttle limiting pre-programmedinto the stock calibration. . In certain instances, we found that programming the PCM to open the throttle all the way could actually hurt power in the low end and midrange. So while we can make the system give us full throttle sooner, we purposely have delayed it ever so slightly – which results in higher power loads and torque production in the low end and mid-range of the power band.
With our Steeda Certified Tune Programs we provide additional horsepower and torque while providing the utmost in engine safety and reliability. Steeda Certified Custom tunes are available for 87, 91, 92, and 93 octane fuel versions.. The dyno gains shown in our graph is our tune for 92 octane or higher fuel, note that gains will be less with lower octanes tunes. As the graph below shows we achieved horsepower and torque gains throughout the entire powerband.
Focus ST Dyno Graph - Click Image to Enlarge
Breaking down the actual peak numbers, the torque peak numbers are the result of spikes from the initial hit, so we will break down the numbers to properly illustrate the gains achieved.
Focus ST Dyno Graph Showing Torque Curve - Click Image to Enlarge
Looking at the peak torque shown of 318, that is a false peak due to a spike from the initial boost hit. Reading the highlighted point in the run at 3100rpm, a point where measurements have now stabilized and you are getting true readings, you can see we’ve gained over 52 ft/lbs of torque and carry large torque gains through another 1,800rpm, torque stays above stock the entire run all the way through 7,000 rpm.
Focus ST Dyno Graph at Higher RPM - Click Image to Enlarge
With no spikes to worry about for horsepower readings here we have clean, easy to understand numbers. Peak-to-peak gains were just shy of 15 horsepower, but point-to-point gains are much higher. At 5,100 we see an 18+ horsepower gain, at the highlighted point at 5,700, we see over 27 horsepower. At other points lower in the powerband we have gains of over 25 horsepower. In fact the average gain between 4,000 and 6,000 is well over 20 horsepower. Gains you will feel and enjoy everytime you mash the gas pedal.
Ready to take your Focus ST to the next level? Steeda Certified Custom Tunes will take you there reliably and safely.
Inspired by the elegant, sophisticated styling of classic European sedans, this 2013 Steeda Fusion Sport “Euro Series” is a perfect amalgamation of style and performance. Conceived for the enthusiast who wants an American four-door alternative to European performance sedans, this performance bred product combines a turbocharged, direct injected 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 with a collection of strategic Steeda performance and handling upgrades – the result: is nothing short of dramatic….both visually and physically.
We started with the very capable 2013 Ford Fusion sedan and incorporated Steeda proprietary modifications and precision tuning that turned it into a true high performance sedan. Then we added an aggressive look that is certain to turn heads even when standing still. This domestic road warrior is ready to challenge the imports with the kind of increased power, assertive handling, and taut suspension that serious drivers have come to expect from a Steeda Autosports creation.
With a bevy of performance modifications, this race-bred sedan includes our proprietary Steeda Cold Air Intake and velocity stack injection that allows the EcoBoost engine to breath much more freely than it’s stock intake system. The addition of a performance exhaust system adds an incremental performance boost and also provides an authoritative exhaust note that lets everyone know this Fusion is indeed something special.
In the chassis and suspension department, our mission was to seriously transform the Fusion into a street/track sedan that would make owners of competing Euro sedans jealous with envy. Our Design and Engineering teams crafted a total package of various suspension enhancements that ensure a smooth, responsive ride with exceptional handling and driving dynamics that put fun into every mile you drive. With specially tuned front and rear lowering springs and anti-roll bars tuned for maximum performance and minimal roll, enhanced cornering and track performance along with that “just right” appearance is yours to enjoy.
Additionally, a new European-inspired all-new body kit accentuates the elegant, new silhouette of the 2013 Ford Fusion, visually lowering and transforming it into a striking sedan that would be a head turner on the Autobahn or on any road.
Athletic, elegant, and dramatic are the words that best describe the all new 2013 Steeda Fusion Sport. For more information visit www.steeda.com/vehicles or call 954-629-1233 for information on the Steeda Certified Dealer in your area where you can get your own new Steeda Fusion Sport.
Combine Ford Motor Company’s EcoBoost power and the exhilarating performance modifications that Steeda Autosport has been famous for over two decades, the result is the 2013 Steeda Focus ST – a European-inspired performance sedan that provides a smooth responsive ride with exceptional handling characteristics thanks to the Steeda enhanced turbocharged power and the advanced Steeda G/Trac handling/suspension components.
Steeda Autosport relentlessly pushes the boundaries when it comes to performance and our work on the 2013 Focus ST was no exception. Our Engineering Team refused to accept status quo when they took a “clean-sheet” approach in developing the level of enhanced performance that our customers have come to expect from us. All of this turbocharged performance sedan engineering enhancements were developed under our strict ISO 9001-2008 Certified Processes – with the intention to provide a more refined level of handling and responsiveness that can do ample duty on the street or the track.
Debuted to the media in the Ford Motor Company corporate display at the 2012 SEMA Show, the Steeda Focus ST 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. Available powertrain modifications include a Steeda Cold Air Intake, Steeda Cat-back Exhaust, Steeda Performance Tune, and underhood cosmetics that make this Steeda Focus look, sound and go like a racer. The beefed-up Steeda G-Trac suspension with available NITTO performance tires rounds out the performance upgrades to help you grab the road and carve the corners like no other Focus ST on the road today.
Custom Steeda body graphics let everyone else on the road know that this high-performance hatchback means business. Inside, the Steeda custom leather seats make it feel as good as it looks.
An addictive drive? Try it yourself and see….visit www.steeda.com/vehicles for more information or call 954-629-1233 for information on the Steeda Certified Dealer in your area where you can get your own Steeda Certified Focus ST.
Steeda Autosports has a long tradition of building beautiful, fast, and superior handling automobiles. When Ford Motor Company debuted the 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca and proclaimed that their road racing legend has returned – we naturally rose to the challenge and wanted to improve upon its already great handling and performance characteristics. At the 2012 SEMA Show in the Nitto Tire display we showcased the latest in our comprehensive line of Steeda serialized vehicles – the Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca which set yet another benchmark for all-around street and track performance.
Essentially took the best handling vehicle that Ford Motor Company makes today, tested it at the track, and then rolled it into our speed shop for a “Steeda makeover” and then went back to the track to fully test our modifications and upgrades. Suffice to say – we made the Boss 302 Laguna Seca performance substantially better, without sacrificing it’s ride qualities or NVH. All of the improvements we made contributed to enhancing it’s driving/handling dynamics are all tied to the various advanced suspension technologies that we currently offer – technologies that are all track tested under grueling the most race conditions so that they are guaranteed to perform exactly as designed without failure. All of these suspension components are available today for a wide variety of Mustangs.
Modifications that were part of the Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca included
Steeda Watts Linkage Kit
Steeda Adjustable Coil Over Suspension System
Steeda/Tokico D-Spec Shocks and Struts
Steeda Adjustable Upper 3rd Link
Steeda Billet Lower Trailing Arms
Steeda Lower Trailing Arm Relocation Brackets
Steeda X11 Ball Joints
Steeda Bumpsteer Kit
Steeda Adjustable Rear Swaybar
Steeda Competition Front Swaybar
Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter
Steeda Rear Shifter Bracket Bushing
Steeda “5.0” Billet Oil Separator
Steeda Pro-Flow Boss 302 Cold Air Intake Kit
Steeda Custom Boss 302 Powertrain Calibration
Steeda Axle Back Exhaust System
Steeda High Output Ignition Coils
Steeda Rear 13” Slotted Brake upgrade kit
HRE P44SC Monoblok 20×9.5 front and 20×11 billet aluminum wheels
Steeda Autosport manufactures a complete line of Steeda Certified vehicles – including Mustang V6, Mustang GT, Boss 302, and GT500 models – each of which provide enhance driving dynamics and performance. For more information visit www.steeda.com/vehicles or call 954-629-1233 for information on the Steeda Certified Dealer in your area where you can get your own Steeda Certified vehicle.
Suspension geometry is an extremely complicated science – one that drivers can appreciate when it is “dialed-in” properly, but few really understand the technical science behind it. Even many race teams often guess about suspension set-ups and rely in a trial and error method to obtain optimum performance for their vehicles. Rest assured that the suspension experts at Steeda Autosports , who have been engineering and designing suspension system enhancements since 1988 for the Mustang, have a few tricks up our sleeve on how to achieve optimum Mustang performance.
Fundamentally, the idea of the Mustang Camber Caster Plates / Mustang Upper Strut Mounts is to provide increased camber and caster adjustments so that a more aggressive wheel alignment can be “dialed-in” so as to enhance a vehicles cornering or rolling ability. The principal notion is to maintain as much tire contact as possible during aggressive street driving or whenever you are on the track and to minimize tire rolling resistance when you are at the drag strip. Following is a summary of camber and caster and how it can make a sizable difference in your cars performance:
Camber angle is the angle made by the wheels of a vehicle. Specifically, it is the angle between the vertical axis of the wheels used for steering and the vertical axis of the vehicle when viewed from the front or the rear. If the top of the wheel is farther out than the bottom of the wheel (e.g. away from the axle), it is called positive camber; if the bottom of the wheel is farther out than the top, it is called negative camber.
The camber angle plays a key role in altering the handling capabilities of a vehicles suspension for both road racers and drag racers:
For Mustang road racers, negative camber improves grip when cornering. This is because it places the tire at a better angle to the road, transmitting the forces through the vertical plane of the tire rather than through a shear force across it and maintaining a proper contact patch.
For drag racers that want optimum straight-line acceleration, the greatest traction will be attained when the camber angle is zero and the tread is flat on the road.
Proper management of camber angle is a major factor in suspension design, and must incorporate not only idealized geometric models, but also real-life behavior of the components; flex, distortion, elasticity, etc. What was once guesswork has now become much more scientific with the use of computers, which can optimize all of the variables mathematically instead of relying on the designer’s intuitive feel and experience. As a result, the handling of cars has vastly improved over the years with dramatic results.
In cars like the Mustang that utilize a McPherson Strut front suspension, camber angle is fixed at a set degree. The elimination of an available camber adjustment may reduce maintenance requirements, but if the car is lowered by use of Mustang lowering springs, the camber angle will change. Excessive camber angle can lead to increased tire wear and impaired handling – a problem with may cars where their owners mix and match various components from differing suppliers in their quest to improve their suspension.
Caster angle is the angular displacement from the vertical axis of the suspension of a steered wheel measured in the longitudinal direction. It is the angle between the pivot line (the imaginary line that runs through the center of the upper ball joint to the center of the lower ball joint) and vertical. Road racers sometimes adjust their car’s caster angle to optimize their car’s handling characteristics in particular driving situations. When a vehicle’s front suspension is aligned, caster is adjusted to achieve the self-centering action of steering, which affects the vehicle’s straight-line stability. Improper caster settings will cause the driver to move the steering wheel both into and out of each turn, making it more difficult to maintain a straight line.
Excessive caster angle will make the steering heavier and less responsive, although, in racing, large caster angles are used to improve camber gain in cornering.
If all of this sounds very confusing, worry not – because at Steeda Autosports – we take the guesswork out of dialing in your suspension and offer many great components and alignment specifications that are specifically tuned to work together to maximize your performance. Remember, we are not newcomers in this arena, as we have been working on improving Mustang suspensions continuously since 1988 – longer than any other Mustang performance company in history and we manufacture a comprehensive line of Camber Caster Plates and/or Upper Strut Mounts for your application.
We are confident with the engineering and quality of our Camber Caster Plates that we offer a free Lifetime warranty is free with ALL of our caster camber plates
We use a Teflon-lined spherical bearing that is entirely custom designed for our applications. It is not an “off the shelf part” readily available – rather we took the time to have a special unique part that also provides the level of optimum performance and durability we demanded for street and track applications.
A special 8,000lb rated stainless steel Spirolock snap ring is used to secure the bearing into the housing – this ensure that the bearing stays where it is suppose to and not fail.
Our 4 bolt plates also use 7075 grade aluminum – This much higher cost aluminum alloy is strong, with a strength comparable to many high grade steels, and provides very good fatigue strength and less resistance to corrosion than many other aluminum alloys.
Our plates allow for independent adjustment of caster and camber for better alignment (caster is not adjustable from the factory setting) and are a direct bolt-in application – No modifications required
In summary, the Benefits for using these plates/mounts include:
Dial in more negative camber for better cornering
Straighter tracking and better high speed stability
Better steering response, quicker turn in
Holds precise alignment in ALL driving conditions
Less friction than stock bushings
Offset bushings allow custom adjustment of strut height
Increase suspension travel on lowered vehicles
No interference with hoods or strut tower braces – a common problem with some other brands
Many people will ask us if there indeed are differences in Camber Caster Plates or Upper Strut Mounts. Suffice to say – indeed there are. While others may use inferior materials or assemble their parts in foreign countries or under less than ideal manufacturing conditions, at Steeda Autosports, we use only the finest materials in the construction of our parts, and we do that under strict ISO 9001-2008 Certified Standards. Just ask around how many others do the same – and you will find out that there are no other aftermarket company that go to the extremes that we do to build quality parts here in America under strict ISO Standards. Nobody else!
Why do we go to such extremes? Here is an example of a very popular Camber Caster Plate from manufacturer “ABC” that a customer purchased and installed on his car. We became aware of this when recently at our Pompano Beach facility, a Mustang was towed in that had suffered a complete failure of a Camber Caster Plate with devastating results. In this specific example, the Camber Caster Plate bearing retainer failed, causing the strut to literally punch it’s way thru the retainer and separate – you can only imagine the damage that occurred to the vehicle and the shock the driver had when it failed. Thankfully, the driver was able to somehow maintain partial control his car and bring the car to a safe stop – nevertheless, the results could have been even more catastrophic.
Hopefully, you now have a slightly better understanding of Mustang Camber Caster Plates and Mustang Upper Strut Mounts and how that can dramatically improve the handling and performance of your Mustang. To assist in in optimizing your vehicles performance, feel free to check out www.steeda.com or call us at 954-960-0774 and talk to one of our Performance Experts and see what we can do to improve your vehicle’s suspension system today!
At Steeda Autosports we offer performance parts and accessories for all Mustangs produced starting with the 1979 “Fox Body Mustang” – thru the current model year car platforms (S197) and are poised to support future Mustang generations as they evolve. While considerable attention has been paid to the more current Mustang versions by many other companies, at Steeda Autosports we are steadfast in remaining faithful in supporting all Fox Body Mustangs (1979-1993 model years) by continuing to engineer, develop, manufacture, and sell updated performance parts that enthusiasts demand.
Today, the Fox Body Mustang represents outstanding values and perfect cars to restore, modify, and just have fun with. And for those individuals that are interested in enhancing their vehicles performance – we have a wide array of parts available for every need.
In addition to performance parts and accessories we create, we also actively supply upgraded maintenance parts that provide a greater value for your hard earned dollar. From Mustang brake pads, to Mustang radiators, to Mustang transmissions – we have all of the Mustang parts that you need to restore the performance and drivability of your cherished ride to the level you desire. Just visit www.steeda.com or call us at 954-960-0774 and talk to one of our Performance Experts and see what we can do to improve your ride today!
Shopping for a Mustang Cold Air Intake and a Mustang Performance Tune should be easy – you want to purchase the best performing intake system that delivers maximum horsepower, offers great reliability, all with the highest level of quality available for your hard earned dollar. Unfortunately, the market today is full of various manufacturers and retailers that are promoting products that have inferior quality and design, do not maximize “safe” horsepower and torque, and may potentially cause more harm than good. With many retailers making claims that are often under fulfilled, the consumer today is often more challenged then they may realize in their decision making selection.
In the automotive business, you get what you pay for. If you want a cheap underperforming intake and tune – there are plenty available to choose from. But if you want a serious CAI that is designed, engineered, and manufactured under strict ISO 9001-2008 Certified standards and one that will stand up to the test of time on the track, dragstrip, or on the street – the solution is really simple – let us explain the simple truth about Mustang Cold Air Intakes and Performance Tunes:
For purposes of this review, we are comparing two very popular Cold Air Intakes (CAI) that are available in the market today: The Steeda ProFlow Cold Air Intake and another CAI from a manufacturer we will politely refer to as being from “J”. The “J” CAI is often blogged about as being a good intake for the money. But when you do a detailed engineering review of the intake and explore their inner elements – you will be shocked by what you will discover and how you have been mislead by marketing hype and salesmanship.
The photo above is of the Steeda ProFlow CAI. Note the stainless steel construction of the housing that separates the incoming air from the engine compartment. This extremely durable housing is topped off with a soft/pliable yet tough neoprene synthetic rubber that forms a tight seal against the vehicle hood – effectively stopping unwanted hot engine compartment air from entering the air box. The air filter is a special composite nano-particle element that is extremely effective at stopping ambient debris and dirt – yet it also allows for maximum air-flow by being less restrictive than most other filters on the market. This filter incorporates a special inner pleating design that affords maximum surface area – key for ensuring a smooth and uninterrupted flow of incoming air.
A design element we have incorporated into this CAI is our exclusive aluminum velocity stack component that we developed directly from feedback and tests from our factory sponsored Mustang racing program.
This velocity stack serves multiple purposes – primarily to ensure a smooth airflow across the Mass Air sensor so that its readings are not compromised, and also to provide a denser flow of fresh incoming air. Sure it costs much-much more to include a part of this design, yet alone a part made of aircraft grade aluminum, but when you set out to design and engineer the best CAI possible, this is an example of the key details and expense you include in your product. Securely fitted to the velocity stack is a durable silicone connector with dual stainless steel band clamps that attaches our roto-molded inlet tube with our proprietary cool-tube technology. Together these components provide an extremely smooth transition for incoming air to enter the engine’s intake manifold.
To the novice, the Cold Air Intake from “J” is superficially similar in appearance – being comprised of an airbox, filter media, and an inlet tube. However, that is where the similarities end. When you look real close at the design of the airbox housing, note that there is an inherent design flaw that does not completely seal the airbox from the engine compartment – a flaw that will certainly allow unwanted hot engine compartment heat to enter the airbox. When you cutaway the various components, note the connection between the air filter and the intake tube….this slip on connection has the inlet tube sticking out directly into the path of the incoming air – forming a pronounced step that is essentially a built-in turbulence generator. This will precipitate an increase in turbulence of the flow of the incoming air.
This turbulence occurs at one of the most critical areas of the CAI – just upstream of the Mass Air Flow sensor….not a good thing for maximizing efficiency or performance.
In addition, there is the strong likelihood for a mistake to occur during installation in that this design has no real built in “stops” provided to set the two pieces in the optimum position. The potential exists where the pieces could be slid too close together causing the inlet tube to protrude even further into the incoming airflow causing an even more turbulence into the incoming airflow.
From a design, engineering and construction perspective you can readily see that there indeed is a substantial difference in Cold Air Intakes in their engineering. These differences can and will have a dramatic affect on your vehicles performance.
Now – lets test these two Cold Air Intakes and document the actual differences under real world testing:
Most people think the intention of a Cold Air Intake is to feed your engine with a clean fresh and cool supply of air for peak performance, and they are partially right. Everyone knows that cooler – denser incoming air is a key ingredient for maximizing horsepower and overall performance of your engine. However no one thinks about maximizing airflow AND velocity for the best overall performance. This is a key factor Steeda Autosports does not overlook.
Bigger is not always better. It takes careful design and understanding of airflow to design a performance intake. Just throwing the largest mass air housing you can put on a car isn’t going to automatically produce the best power under the curve. In many cases it can actually hurt power. Precisely matching MAF size along with our velocity stack helps preserve velocity, which avoids negatively affecting throttle response and low end torque. This means better low end power production and better overall response and feel.
In an effort to test the effectiveness of both the Steeda and the ‘J’ CAI, we embarked on a series of tests including dyno testing and real world thermo tests that would effectively and accurately provide quantitative data that would reveal the performance of each intake. Our research for each CAI was performed on the same 2011 Mustang GT and under as identical conditions as possible (e.g. driven over the same routes, same traffic conditions, same car and dyno on the same day for all dyno testing, etc.) using temperature data collected from the vehicle’s ECU as well as our own temperature gathering equipment.
First up is the dyno testing. Testing was done at a full operating temperature. The Steeda Cold Air is shown in run number one. We then immediately removed the Steeda cold air, installed the competitor ‘J’ cold air and installed a new tune that only accounted for the airflow curve of the competitors cold air, all other parameters including ignition and camshaft timing remained the same.
As you can see, the oversized housing of the ‘J’ cold air suffers from a serious lack of low end torque compared to our optimally designed system. From 2200 all the way to 3500 we make more low end torque. You will feel this extra low end torque when driving the vehicle and throttle response will be noticeably better as well. You can also see the extra size did not provide any kind of top end horsepower advantage whatsoever. In fact we averaged more horsepower over the last 1400rpm even through our MAF size is smaller than brand ‘J’. Bigger is not always better, and in this case it is not better in any way.
Now we are going to move on to the thermal tests where we compared inlet air temperatures under real world conditions. Here are the results we discovered:
TEST 1 – IDLE TESTING
For the Steeda Cold Air Intake outside ambient temp was 82 degrees – average coolant temperature was 192.48 degrees. Our air charge temperature for this test with a 30 second data log, was 86 degrees. The Air temperature differential was a mere 4 degrees above ambient air temperatures.
For the “J” CAI test outside ambient temperature rose only slightly to 83 degrees (a 1 degree increase) and average coolant temperature was 193.22. Air charge temperature for this test for the 30 second log was 100.4 degrees. The end result was staggering with the air temperature differential was an alarming 17.4 degrees above ambient air temperatures.
Result summary: Test #1 won by Steeda with only 4 degree increase – “J” looses with a 17 degree increase.
TEST 2 – CITY TRAFFIC
For this test we did our best to keep coolant temps as close to each other as possible by driving the exact route in the same level of traffic. Ambient air temperatures were a constant 83 degrees for both tests.
For the Steeda ProFlow CAI test after driving the car for some simulated city traffic heat soak we initiated the test. Average coolant temp on this test 190.05. At the start of the test air charge temp had risen to a max of 114.8. Speed was brought up to 45mph. The temperature dropped to a low point of 89.6 degrees in 45 seconds and remained there. A 25.2 degree drop and a temperature of only 6.6 degrees above ambient air temperatures.
For the “J” Cold Air test, we proceeded to duplicate the identical test procedure as the Steeda CAI was put through. Average coolant temp was 192.28. At the start of the test air charge temp had risen to a max of 122.00. – a net of 7.2 degrees hotter than our Steeda ProFlow CAI. Vehicle speed was brought up to 45mph and the incoming air temperature dropped to a low point of 96.8 degrees in 54 seconds. Also, a 25.2 degree drop, but still 7.2 degrees hotter than the Steeda ProFlow intake, and 13.8 degrees above ambient temperature.
Result summary: Test #2 won by Steeda with only 6.6 degree increase – “J” looses with a 13.8 degree increase.
Overall the “J” CAI consistently exhibited higher air charge temperatures across the board in all of our tests. With an outside ambient temperature differential of only 1 degree throughout the test and relatively comparable coolant temps at speed and nearly identical coolant temps at idle, the difference in intake performance was substantial with the Steeda ProFlow Air Intake consistently outperformed the “J” CAI under ALL conditions.
Our warranty program is comprehensive and complete. We have a LIFETIME Warranty on our Cold Air Intakes. If anything fails, we stand behind it completely. PERIOD. No fine print, no red tape, no bul#$%^, just a complete full manufacturers warranty that you can go to the bank with!
Remember, the Steeda Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Teams stand behind all of the products and services that they provide. In the unlikely event that a customer has an issue with any of our products, we are fully committed to work with them to resolve their concerns to their and our mutual satisfaction. We have built our rock-solid reputation over the years on superb design, comprehensive engineering, quality manufacturing and on customer service — the result is our products just don’t cause issues – PERIOD.
We purposely go the extra lengths to ensure that our products do not compromise the OEM reliability elements and we pay particular attention not only to NVH factors, but also to how the parts/tune integrate into the Ford vehicle they are engineered for. Few – if any – of the other aftermarket companies do the same degree of engineering that we do…and none of this group are ISO 9001-2008 Certified like we are.
Much can be said about performance tuning and the amount of torque and horsepower that they develop. Inevitably, the discussion always ends up being about will the consumer need to purchase additional tunes as additional modifications are made –or– the discussion is about warranty implications and what would happen if a catastrophic failure occurs….and rightfully so. Shamefully, there are plenty of self-taught tuners, tuners that rely on trial and error, and others that profess to be skilled at tuning based on using customers cars as their test fleet, acquiring information and “perfecting” their abilities as they conduct business. Professional tuning is much more than just passion of a novice in the industry – rather it is a dedicated and extremely complicated science where there is no room for error.
At Steeda Autosports, we do not experiment with customer cars or learn as we go practicing a “trial and error” methodology. While other tuners may “shut off” engine key sensor inputs or purposely trick sensor readings that the ECU reads, we work with the existing Ford ECU logic and all of the OEM sensors in an extremely complicated and very technical manner so that the integrity of the vehicle is not compromised – but at the same time your power is maximized. There are plenty of tunes available from various sources that compromise the integrity of the mustang powertrain, and as a result, can cause catastrophic damage to your vehicle. Proper tuning is not only an art form, but it is also a highly technical science that requires much more than a simple handheld tuner and sloppy guesswork. In our shops we have corrected untold numbers of tunes from others – but when have you ever heard of a problem with a Steeda tune?
Our performance tunes have a dialed in safety factor – one that is intended to ensure that maximum power is provided and also to ensure that your engine is not endangered or put to the point where damage may occur. A Steeda performance tune is not done with guesswork or by trial and error – rather with our outstanding relationship with Ford Motor Company as well a with SCT, we have been able to develop a comprehensive array of tunes that are failsafe.
Check our performance history both on and off the racetrack, check the forums and see what people say about us, and lastly, check with Ford Motor Company – you will see that there is an exceptionally high level of trust in what we do and in our reputation for enhancing the performance of Ford vehicles.
Steeda Autosports is not just some new company that has appeared on the scene recently, or is a store front for mass merchandising products that others produce overseas. Rather, we have worked for over 24 years in the aftermarket industry dedicated solely to enhancing the performance level of Ford Motor Company vehicles. We have collaborated extensively with Ford, worked on programs for the Ford Special Vehicle Team and mainstream Ford Product Development, and supply performance parts to Ford Racing. We stand on our reputation, past and current successes, and our ongoing commitment to produce the highest quality parts and tunes possible. Being an ISO 9001-2008 Company is not just a trophy given to anyone that applies for it. For Steeda it means we have demonstrated our commitment to making performance parts at the highest quality level possible and for exceeding our customers’ expectations. ISO 9001-2008 Certification represents not only a significant financial investment we have made, but it is also an investment we have made so our customers can have the assurance and piece of mind when they purchase our products that they will perform the way they were intended to do so, and without causing harm to the vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call him directly at 954-629-1233.
Mustang shocks and struts are a critical element in your mustang suspension system. When they are specifically tuned for maximum street/track/strip performance, the shocks/struts help your tires maintain a consistent contact patch on the pavement and reduce the amount of bounce and rebound – all without jarring the car and it’s occupants. This tuning is far more complex than just having a set of shocks that are “stiff” – rather, there is a tremendous amount of tuning required to create just the right level of suspension shock damping, and to dissipate the unwanted kinetic energy that is created whenever you encounter an uneven road surface.
In general terms, a shock/strut help to cushion your vehicle – but at Steeda, we realize that they can provide an unparalleled level of improvement in your vehicles handling and provide a definite edge when it comes to performance.
The Steeda line of Pro-Action Shocks are designed and engineered by us to outperform the stock shock/struts that are on the Mustang and exceed the OE standards for durability and build quality. There is no doubt in the aftermarket that Steeda Autosports is the leader in suspension technology for Ford vehicles. We earned this reputation by being committed to do everything possible to enhance the performance and handling of stock suspensions and to create a comprehensive line of performance parts that individually and together take the handling of the Mustang to an entirely new level that enthusiasts demand.
We literally tested hundreds of different shock/strut combinations with our extensive computer analysis, and then road tested them on the track, street, and dragstrip until we were 100% satisfied that we perfected their performance. Specifically designed to provide outstanding control and handling characteristics, and well as a ride quality that is very complacent, the Steeda Pro-Action Shocks are one of the very first items that should be installed on a Mustang to enhance it’s overall handling. Even if you do not swap out your springs or do any other suspension enhancements, replacing your shocks/struts will dramatically improve your handling to the level you dream about.
To the average person there is probably little perceivable difference in the various control arms that are available for a Mustang today. From an exterior perspective, they share common mounting points on the chassis and rear differential of the vehicle – but from that singular point of view, there are an untold multitude of differences that are related to their design, engineering, as well as materials used in fabrication that result in substantial handling and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) performances changes… changes that you need to be aware of…
As an example of the vast hidden differences in control arms today, look at the following picture in which we expose the differences in a typical upper rear control arm that is available for the 1979 – 2004 Mustang in the market today. Recently a customer came to our Steeda Performance Center with some obvious rear suspension issues. Previously, with the hope of improving his rear suspension dynamics, he installed a set of non-Steeda upper rear control arms with the desire to improve his vehicles handling. After a period of time of a mixture of spirited street driving and daily commuting, the car developed serious “slop” in its suspension as the bushing in his control arm began to suffer wear under the tremendous stress it is subjected to. Suffice to say, his vehicle handling capabilities and the car’s NVH characteristics diminished ever further as the bushing prematurely failed due to it’s design and construction.
In the picture below on the left, you can see how we cutaway the upper control arm to expose exactly what went wrong for everyone to see. In this case, the durometer (the measure of the hardness of the bushing) was too stiff – and this stiffness caused dramatically increased noise, vibration, and harshness to be transferred to the vehicles chassis, and in addition, with the tremendous stress the control arm is subject to, premature wear of the busing occurred that resulted in adverse handling and essentially a failure of the suspension assembly.
In the photo on the right is the Steeda Upper Control Arm. In this picture, you can see just how much more thought and engineering went into what we designed, engineered, and manufactured under our strict ISO 9001-2008 manufacturing processes. We specifically designed the control arm out of lightweight aluminum, and provided increased reinforcement in key critical areas where it is subjected to major stress. In addition, we employ an industry exclusive design of incorporating three busing materials into one – the outer bushings (red in color) have a specific durometer rating so as to limit NVA and provide for the flexibility required under suspension movement, and the center bushing (black in color) has a much higher durometer rating so that it provide the tight travel control and reduction in lateral movement that is desired for maximum control and handling.
In addition to the obvious differences in bushings, we purposely constructed our Steeda upper control arms out of a special aluminum alloy – an alloy that affords tremendous strength and one that also dramatically reduces the un-sprung weight of the suspension. Heat-treated and TIG welded, our control arm in this instance is 25% lighter than the factory control arm and is less than one-third the weight of competitive steel control arms. Remember, un-sprung weight is “the enemy” when it comes to suspensions as it has a negative effect on how your suspension system reacts as it encounters uneven road surfaces and in addition, it results on harsher riding conditions as the increased mass is being moved around.
In summary – not all control arms are created alike – there indeed are major differences in products that are available in the market today. So – which set would you rather have on your Mustang? With easy bolt-on installation, superior engineering, and a lifetime guarantee, make Steeda your choice for suspension components – because there is a difference!
Rodney is a Mustang builder & road racer with multiple SCCA series championships, and 70-plus podium finishes. He is a Daytona International Speedway track record holder. Over 20 years of performance experience.