Memorial Day Message From Steeda President, Dario Orlando

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is much more than a welcome break from work, a time for outdoor barbecues or a day at the beach – it is the time for us to take stock of the present, reflect on the past, and renew our commitment to the future of our great country.

Today, as in the past, there are problems in this country that must be solved and challenges that must be met – nevertheless, it is the time for all Americans to come together and pay tribute to all of our Service Men and Women who have fought and died in defense of our country and for our freedom. It is a day to for all to take time and reflect on the service and sacrifice of these heroes, and to honor those American families for whom Memorial Day is another day of longing for their loved ones.

On behalf of everyone at Steeda Autosports, we proudly salute all of our fallen heroes and sincerely thank them and their families for the freedom we all enjoy today. Additionally, we honor those brave Americans that today serve in our Armed Forces as they make continued sacrifices as they protect the American freedom and liberty that we so preciously enjoy and cherish.

God Bless the USA
Dario Orlando, President Steeda Autosports, Inc

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Steeda Celebrates Mustang 50th at Charlotte

This past week marked the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang and there were plenty of celebrations around the country to celebrate this once in a lifetime event for the original Pony Car. From New York, Las Vegas, Charlotte, and in many other small towns across America, the faithful all paid homage to Americas original pony car – The Ford Mustang. Steeda Autosports was to be a presenting sponsor of the 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Charlotte Motor Speedway where approximately 4000 Mustangs and over 100,000 people converged together to make it one huge Mustang Birthday Celebration to remember forever.

Mustang 50th Anniversary

In the corporate display area, we showcased the following four Steeda Mustangs in our display – all of which have made a significant contribution to the rich history of Mustangs and Steeda over the years:

1993 Steeda Cobra R

Steeda Autosports was actively involved in the 1993 Cobra R development program by incorporating the knowledge we had acquired in our racing program to the SVT engineers. One of our contributions to the car was assisting SVT with the design of the vehicles braking system – ensuring that the completed design would have the stamina and capabilities to stand up to the rigors of road racing. Ford ended up building only 107 of the1993 Cobra “R” models – each of them in Vibrant Red and they were available for sale only to licensed race-drivers. At Sebring International Raceway in 1993, our Steeda Cobra R was the very first Cobra R to have success on a racetrack by finishing first in its inaugural race – a huge feat at the time for a new model incorporating new technologies for its time.

1995 Steeda Cobra R

In the wake of the 1993 Cobra R’s success, SVT engineers embarked on a mission to developed a more powerful and more competitive R-model based on the 1995 Cobra. Once again SVT engineers collaborated with Steeda Autosports on the development of this model as we provided key racing insights and engineering assistance to bring the car to reality. One of our top priorities was the need for a more powerful engine and more fuel capacity. In response, SVT incorporated an SVT modified version of Ford’s 5.8 liter Windsor V8, re-engineered to produce 300 horsepower. To provide for longer time on the track racing, we collaborated on the inclusion of a 22-gallon racing fuel cell that increased the cars time on the track and less time in the pits refilling. Weight-savings was targeted, so there was no back seat, radio, power windows/seats or air-conditioning-not even fog lights, which were omitted to provide ducts for getting cool air onto the front disk brakes. Heavy-duty progressive-rate springs, thicker stabilizer bars and a front strut tower brace helped improve handling. Only 250 vehicles were built, available only in white with Saddle Cloth interior, each with a unique center-tiered fiberglass hood tall enough to clear the engine and induction system. As with the 1993 Cobra R, only owners of a valid racing license were able to obtain one of these cars. Our Steeda 1995 Cobra R was the first Mustang to win a pole position in professional IMSA GS Class competition – a major feat and endorsement of our engineering successes. It’s success didn’t end there, as it set a new track record at Daytona in the inaugural IMSA Endurance race. In 1996 at the Texas Motor Speedway, the Steeda Cobra R won it’s first IMSA race for a Mustang in over a decade by lapping the 65 car field twice during the grueling 6-hour endurance race. Success continued in with first place finishes at both Mosport Park and Daytona – proving that the Steeda Cobra R program was a huge success.

2010 Steeda StreetFighter

Destined to reign supreme in the Pony Wars, this 690HP muscle machine is proof positive that Steeda Autosports builds the best performing Mustangs available anywhere. An ideal Mustang – a formidable weekend warrior on the racetrack or drag-strip that can also be comfortably driven daily. Outfitted with the most extensive standard suspension upgrades ever included on a Steeda production vehicles – including our Watt’s Link Suspension system – this performance Mustang can easily pull 1.2gs. With a broad range of brutal power on demand, it turns 0-60 times under 4 seconds and quarter mile times comfortably in the 10 second range. There is simply no other serialized Mustang available today that offers the performance, styling, and performance attitude of this dedicated StreetFighter.

2014 Steeda Q450 Enforcer

Showcasing our current line of performance-bred parts for the ford Mustang, this Q-Series Steeda Mustang is the flagship of our serialized vehicle program and is specially designed for hardcore, power-hungry performance enthusiasts who want the most Mustang muscle for their money. This performance stallion provides plenty of pure pony power to humble the competition every time you turn the ignition key and hit the throttle. Power means nothing without control, so the Q450 precision-engineered suspension and chassis modifications keep the driver in command and deliver an unbeatable level of performance. With strategic modifications all tuned to maximize performance and provide optimum handling, the Q450 is a no-holds-barred approach that delivers pure hardcore driving excitement.

During show hours in the paddock area there were multiple Steeda representatives on hand to supporting on track activities – including our “Ace in the Hole” Master Mechanic Steve Chichisola, Regional and National American Iron Champion Driver Robin Burnett, Camaro-Mustang Challenge Champion James Ray, and the NASA – SE Champion Jim Edwards. Each of these great racing enthusiasts shared racing knowledge and experiences and were on hand to provide some lucky show attendees a first hand look at their race cars as well as a ride-of-their life. Following is a profile of just two of the Steeda cars that were blistering around the track:

Steeda Q650R

Built by our renown “Skunk Works Team” at Steeda Autosports, the Q650R serves as a rolling test bed for continuing refinement and development of our track tested and race proven performance parts and accessories. On the outside, the Q650R is outfitted on the outside with key Steeda’s aerodynamic parts (e.g. Steeda Race Wing, Steeda Competition Front Fascia). Under the hood, the Ford modular engine is boosted with the Steeda/Vortech supercharger system and the race tuning is handled by our unique Steeda Performance Calibration – the end result… over 650 horsepower of heart pounding excitement. Inside the Steeda Tri-Ax Remote Racing provides an extremely short throw with precise action needed for the race track. Under the car is where some really advanced Steeda suspension technology is deployed. From the advanced adjustable full coil over suspension system, our proprietary Watt’s Linkage, to our D Spec Shocks and bump steer kit, the entire catalog of Steeda’s superior suspension parts as well as Nitto’s famed NT01 high performance tires – and some extra experimental suspension enhancements as well – have been integrated into this car so as to make it the BEST HANDLING car we have ever driven on a race track. The end result: An ultra high performance – muscular race car that provides instant acceleration, superior handling, and great fear into the minds of our competitors.

Steeda Q450R

Driven by Regional and National American Iron Champion Robin Burnett, this 2010 Steeda Q450R regularly competes in the American Iron Series that provides a highly competitive forum for Mustangs, Camaros, and Firebirds to race against each other. The power of the modified Ford Modular engine is delivered through a Tremex 3650 5 speed transmission and complemented by a precision tuned Steeda suspension system that helps deliver all that added power to the wheels while keeping the driver in total control – perfect for weekend warrior racing at tracks around America.

Overall, everyone completely enjoyed their time at the 50th Anniversary Celebration. The outstanding camaraderie, great cars, and on fast on-track experiences all made it a truly exciting manner to celebrate Mustangs first 50 years. Congratulations to Ford Motor Company and Team Mustang for providing enthusiasts an outstanding pony car for the past 50 years!

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Steeda Salutes Mustang’s 50th Anniversary

Congratulations to the Ford Motor Company on its 50 years of outstanding success of building the one and only real American pony car – the Ford Mustang. The memories and excitement that Ford Motor Company has provided us with the Mustang over the years are what true automotive dreams are made of.

2014 Steeda Mustang

2014 Steeda Q Series Mustang

Steeda Autosports is proud to be an official sponsor of the Mustang 50th Anniversary Event at Charlotte and we salute Ford Motor Company’s Design, Engineering, Production, and Sales and Marketing Teams for their ongoing commitment to Americas favorite pony car. The commitments that Ford Motor Company has provided over the past 50 years are a reflection of the dedication and resolve that they have at making the Mustang a perennial favorite American pony car – one that is perfect for cruising the open road, racing on a track, or blasting down the ¼ mile, the Mustang is a true one of a kind!

Additionally we want to also thank all of the Mustang owners and Mustang enthusiasts that have purchased and supported the Mustang brand and made it what it is today. It is because of these Mustang loyalists that Steeda Autosports exists today and for that we are indeed forever grateful.

Happy Birthday Mustang from your friends at Steeda Autosports!

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Steeda Suspensions Deliver the “Need for Speed”

Recently DreamWorks Pictures’ hit movie “Need for Speed” had it’s debut in theaters world-wide and the overriding star of the movie is a specially constructed and modified 2014 Mustang GT500 wide-body coupe. The movie is filled with action packed stunts and fast-paced driving as the starring Mustang holds its own against a variety of supercars from around the world. Steeda Autosports was actively involved with the preparation of the movie, supplying all of the various upgraded suspension components that turned the stock Mustang into an asphalt-carving performance machine.

Need For Speed Mustang

When you need a car to hold up to the rigors of abuse and harsh performance driving that is demanded by a thrilling action packed Hollywood movie, you can count on Steeda Autosports to provide the level of performance and reliability that can take the most severe punishment possible… on the street, track, and even in a Hollywood movie! The Steeda components on the “Need for Speed” Mustang are identical to the parts we manufacture and sell today – and you can get them at www.steeda.com.

Steeda suspension parts used on the Need for Speed Mustang included:

  • Steeda Coil Over Assembly
  • Steeda Panhard Bar
  • Steeda Upper Control Arm
  • Steeda Upper Control Arm Mount
  • Steeda Billet Aluminum Control Arms
  • Steeda Adjustable Front and Rear Sway Bar Assemblies
  • Steeda Control Arm Relocation Brackets
  • Steeda Rear Axle Relocation Brackets

For the lovers of speed, Need for Speed is loaded with both crashes and car chases. Best summarized as a high-octane epic, this exciting and often funny movie more than delivers enough intense car chase entertainment to keep gearheads estatic. With its car chases, crashes, wild jumps and gas-guzzling sense of adventure, the film is a throwback to car classics such as Bullitt and Vanishing Point. But it’s all delivered in a very smooth and very modern style

It is a story that chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey – one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

Need For Speed Mustang

So make some time, and make sure you go to the theater and watch Need for Speed – it is a thrilling movie that definitely delivers Mustang excitement. And if your Mustang has that “need for speed” – visit www.steeda.com for all your performance part needs.

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Steeda Developing 2015 Mustang Parts

Steeda Autosports – the largest independent manufacturer of performance parts for Ford vehicles is actively involved in the ongoing development of performance parts and accessories for the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. For this all-new platform, we are developing comprehensive suspension system enhancements, chassis stiffening components, and engine upgrade components (tunes and cold air intakes) that will further enhance the overall vehicle ‘s performance without compromising the vehicle dynamics. All of our development work is being done under strict ISO 9001:2008 Globally Certified Processes – ensuring that purchasers of our parts get the highest quality level possible with the maximum amount of performance gain.

2015 Mustang Parts

Our plan is to have a complete array of parts available when the 2015 Mustang is available for initial sale – so that way those lucky individuals that get the first cars will not have to wait for a 2015 Mustang Cold Air Intake or a 2015 Mustang Performance Tune. If your desire is for handling enhancements, no need to worry because we will have your back covered with a complete array of 2015 Mustang Suspension upgrades including 2015 Mustang Lowering Springs, 2015 Mustang Chassis Stiffening components, 2015 Mustang Bumpsteer Kits, and much more. For those that are more inclined to track or drag race their car, rest assured that we will have the most complete product offerings to beef up the 2015 Mustang independent rear suspension (IRS) so that no matter how much power your 5.0 makes, nothing will break.

For 2015 Mustang wheels we are working on a complete line of fitments that will allow you to run wider Nitto tires for improved traction and grip. Want a 2015 Mustang exhaust kit with reduced back pressure and enhanced sound, we will have that too! From 2015 Mustang Brakes, 2015 Mustang Shifters, to 2015 Mustang Power Packs, you can count on Steeda to be YOUR source for all 2015 Mustang Performance Parts.

Steeda’s Tom Ellis Undefeated in SCCA American Sedan in 2014

SCCA Club Racers officially rang in the New Year with checkered flags in January at the SCCA Sebring Super Tour at Sebring International Raceway, Round One of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour, and Steeda Autosports once again was leading the pack when our sponsored driver Tom Ellis took the checkered flag first in the fiercely competitive American Sedan class.

You have heard us before proclaim that the exceptionally challenging Sebring International Raceway is brutal on both cars and drivers – as only the most fit and best prepared cars survive the pounding that this course delivers. At this season opener, our own Tom Ellis commandingly not only won his races on both Saturday and Sunday, but he also scored overall Group 6 victory – a amazing feat in his Steeda Autosports prepared Mustang!

Two weeks later, Tom Ellis showed that the victories at Sebring were not anomalies when at the Palm Beach International Raceway he once again finished on the top podium position by beating all competitors and winning both races commandingly. Everyone at Steeda Autosports congratulates Tom on his highly successful start to the 2014 SCCA American Sedan race series!

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Steeda’s John Urist Sets New Class Record

The 2014 Nitto NMRA Spring Break Shootout in Bradenton Florida this past weekend was the official kickoff of the 2014 drag racing series, and it was obvious that the NMRA racers most certainly did their homework during the off season and the competition was tighter than ever at this most challenging race series where there were some exciting passes and incredible competition down at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

John Urist

In the Street Outlaw class, Steeda and Nitto Tire sponsored driver John Urist led the field with his red 1993 Fox body Mustang by putting down a stellar 7.042 at 200 miles per hour and then went on to better that number with the quickest pass in class history – a 7.032 en route to the final round where he blasted his nearest competitor with a 7.10 run to once again take top honors. With a total of 8 National Championships under his belt already, John is once again off to a great start in the highly competitive NMRA Street Outlaw series. The entire Steeda Team congratulates John and his team for a job well done and we wish him continued success!

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The 2014 Pony Wars are Just Around The Corner!

The Pony Wars – the annual showdown at the South Georgia Motorsports Park (one of the top drag strips in the country) co-hosted by Steeda Autosports and LSR Performance is one event you do not want to miss. Scheduled for March 29th 2014, this event will once again be the ultimate showdown of Blue Oval, Bowtie, and Mopar pony car performance.

2014 Pony Wars

Steeda and LSR performance will be hosting a pre-race party Friday evening March 28th at Hooters in Valdosta, Georgia. The party will be a good opportunity for everyone to make introductions, check out the competition and set up those grudge races that are sure to occur on Saturday.

On Saturday morning, the event will kick off at Steeda’s Valdosta location with a tour of our manufacturing and distribution facilities. For those who attend, there will be a special Pony Wars discounted rate on Steeda parts, good that day only. From there we’ll head to South Georgia Motorsports Park to begin time trials in the form of a test and tune and grudge races both run on SGMP’s new stop light timing system. We’ll then sort cars into three classes based on closest ET’s and let them battle it out for prizes and bragging rights.

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While the fun continues on the drag strip, there will also be a car show where you can park and show off your ride and potentially win one of the awards that will be presented to the cars that attract the judge’s attention the most. And lastly, for those wanting to test their cars on a track, SCCA is hosting an autocross course where drivers will be able to test their cars and their driving skills around a challenging circuit.

The 2014 Pony Wars
March 29 at the South Georgia Motorsports Park
Something for EVERYONE
Do Not Miss It !!!

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The Racetrack – Steeda’s “Outdoor” Engineering Room

At Steeda Autosports, we take racing very seriously because we use it as an active “test bed” for our ongoing engineering and product development. Our thought is that if our products can stand up to the extreme abuse and punishment that the race track can provide, it surely will stand up to the rigors of street driving without fail. While racing sometimes is characterized as a sport for the wealthy or a marketing tool to promote a company, at Steeda Autosports, racing is where we test and re-test our products, parts, and our theories – as racing will either prove that the theory is correct, or it will destroy it altogether.

Let us explain…..

We actively race in a race series that promotes product development and engineering while many other companies either do not race at all, or they choose to race in a race series that restricts engineering and product development and requires, in many cases, stock OEM suspension level componentry. On the surface, one would think that all race series are equal with regards to what you can run and what you can modify. In actuality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many race series have part/component rules that are so restrictive that they effectively put a “hard stop” to any ongoing product design/engineering development, severely hindering any product advancement for consumer performance parts.

Steeda Q650R at Sebring International Raceway

Steeda Q650R at Sebring International Raceway

At Steeda, we take a far different approach to racing…..a far more serious approach…..and it is a far more rewarding choice for you – our customer. We prefer to race in a variety of race series that allows for more vehicle suspension development and with less overall restrictions – that way we can actively use the racing as an active test bed for ongoing product development and product advancement. We prefer to call the track our “outdoor engineering room” where we continually test performance parts and accessories ensuring that they deliver the level of performance that they are designed to provide, and also we want to ensure that they have the durability to stand up to whatever our customers demand.

An example of the racing we do occurred this past weekend when our President and CEO Dario Orlando took the Steeda #20 car to Sebring International Raceways for the Sports Car Club of America’s South Atlantic Road Racing Championships event. With our #20 car in full race prep form and equipped with both production and developmental Steeda parts, Dario put in many hard test laps in preparation for qualification. When qualification was complete, Dario and our #20 car was on an all too familiar position – on the class pole position ahead of all other class competitors effectively showcasing that the Steeda suspension system was perfectly dialed in once again.

This year you will see much more of Team Steeda at the race track and the drag strip. In addition to the many racers that rely on our performance parts, the top management Team at Steeda Dario Orlando and Glen Vitale will both be campaigning the red #20 car at various SCCA events – both timed, lap, and endurance races as we embark on the design, engineering and development of new suspension components for the all new S550 Mustang platform. Our goal is to have a comprehensive array of enhanced suspension components for the 2015 Mustang available by the time the first cars are being sold. These parts will be for the street, track and drag strip enthusiast and will all have the legendary Steeda engineering, performance, and durability – just another example as to how we put the customer first in everything we do.

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Track Tested Focus ST Parts

South Georgia Motorsports Park was the site for the season kickoff for the SCCA Dixie Region Auto X time trials. Cold and wet weather in the morning eventually cleared for sunny and near perfect conditions the rest of the day – an excellent opportunity for our Steeda Autosports specially prepared 2013 Focus ST to show exactly what it can do on a tight and extremely challenging autocross circuit.

At Steeda Autosports, we are continually testing the products we design, engineer, and manufacture under a wide variety of conditions – on the street, on the race track, at the drag strip, and even on autocross circuits. “Real World” testing like this at a variety of different venues provides us the opportunity to further validate the performance of our products, to do valuable durability testing, and also to ensure that the products we offer live up to our expectations as well as the expectations of our customers.

Our core DNA dictates that we continually push the boundaries of performance everyday because our customers expect nothing less. While plenty of aggressive testing has been done to some of these components we know we need to push it even further. “We needed to really hammer some of these parts,” explained Scott Boda, Steeda’s Director of Manufacturing. “While most of our customers will never put their cars through some of the testing we do, we know that somewhere, there are die-hard gear heads that will push performance limits and we want them to have confidence in their Steeda performance parts”.

At the event we were testing several new motor mounts and a couple other new key suspension components that have great promise for raising the bar of Focus ST performance even higher. With just 3 passes on the Steeda Focus ST we were able to cover the track in a blistering time of just 52 seconds, allowing the ST to win its class out of the 71 cars attending the event! While many people might think we had a professional autocross driver at the wheels for this specific test, we purposely opted to put Scott Boda behind the wheel to see what a seasoned drag racer could do when the road in front of him had many challenging turns. Suffice to say, the Steeda Focus ST carried the mail and made an autocross hero out of Scott!

Director of Manufacturing, Scott Boda, with Steeda's Development Focus ST

Director of Manufacturing, Scott Boda, with Steeda's Development Focus ST

Overall, it was a fun and very exciting day at the event and our test results provided us some key and very valuable information. The next validation we will be performing will be at the drag strip where we will push the Steeda Focus ST harder than we ever have before down the quarter mile – all in the quest of validating our parts and ensuring that they are the very best that they can be. Stay tuned – we will keep you posted!!

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