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.

Click Here to View Photos From 2013 Pony Wars

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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Not So Slippery When Wet

While most of America was nestled up in their comfy warm houses recently, Steeda was at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) test track in East Liberty, Ohio with a leading tire manufacturer testing various tire applications to evaluate tread noise, test tire adhesion properties, and improve overall tire performance in both wet, snowy, and frigid conditions. TRC is one of the few tracks in the world to offer this level of testing sophistication and only our vehicles were there during this comprehensive testing session. Closed to the public, this facility has virtually every road surface imaginable and also a vast variety of skid pads, high and low speed ovals and also various race track configurations.

Steeda Mustang

At Steeda, our regularly conducted tire tests occur on the race track (Sebring), drag strip (South Georgia Motorsports Park), on the street, and at special road surface research centers like the TRC. How many other aftermarket companies are dedicated enough to do cold and wet weather tire and suspension testing in addition to the more normal temperature and dry condition testing that we do? This is what separates Steeda from the rest as we continually serve the best interest of our customers in everything we do. We test against the elements so that when you need our products to perform, they will under any conditions – both good and bad.

This collaboration of Steeda and tire engineers had the combined mission of refining and developing the latest emerging tire technology with the quest of producing a tire that provides not only superior performance, but also superior safety under the wide variety of driving conditions you may encounter.

Tire testing is no easy task and is virtually impossible for the everyday driver to properly and completely evaluate tires accurately because, in addition to the “seat of the pants” experience you obtain by doing this for many-many years, complicated and often proprietary equipment is utilized to accurately measure a tires performance characteristics under varying conditions and temperatures. Following is a brief, yet accurate summary of what tire testing is all about.

What makes up a tire today?

Tires today are extremely complex in their construction and manufacturing. While they might look like simple pieces of rubber in a round shape, that assessment couldn’t be farther from the truth. The inner workings of modern tires are incredibly complex and are becoming more and more complex with every new generation of tires that evolves. There’s a vast amount of materials used in sidewall and tread pattern production, including steel, polyester, Kevlar, and other more unique materials. Additionally, there are a vast variety of different rubber compounds used to produce different heat ratings, speed ratings, and load limits. Add it all together, and you can readily see that there is a substantial amount of engineering and chemistry that goes into the development of each tire today. These added complications are a necessary ingredient in formulating a tire because incremental improvements require them.

The Tire Testing Process

Usually – non-laboratory tire testing is performed on a group of tires with similar performance characteristics. Specifically, a group of high performance tires will likely be tested together at the same day under the same driving conditions. With each new test, the tires will be mounted onto the same vehicle and undergo the same tests in order to offer consistency to the testing process. By conducting the same tests, it’s possible to test how different variables affect a particular tire as compared to other tires. Some of the tests we employ address everything from braking on dry and on wet surfaces, handling at low and at high speeds, and handling during acceleration and deceleration.

The test results allow our engineers to compare tires on much more than how the tire looks in theory on paper or how much it costs to manufacture. Instead, we are able to find tires that are perfect for the vehicles we manufacture parts for and make sure that our performance parts leverages the maximum amount of performance available. In summary – tire testing offers excellent insight as we select and recommend tires for our Ford performance enthusiasts, as well as confirmation that our performance parts and accessories perform as designed under all driving conditions. It is one of many “behind the scenes” things we do on behalf of our Ford performance customers – we affectionately call it: “The Steeda Difference”

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A Special New Year Message

Dario OrlandoAs we approach the dawn of yet another new year, it is very important for us to also reflect upon 2013 and realize just how fortunate we really are. All of us at Steeda Autosports are humbled at our good fortune of having loyal, educated, and discerning customers that truly appreciate the products we engineer, and manufacturer. The trust you have placed in us in satisfying your Ford performance needs provides us tremendous satisfaction and also reminds us daily just how fortunate we really are.

As we embark into 2014, it is even more critical that we recognize and never lose an appreciation for what matters most in life – and that is our family and loved ones. Because it is the love and support they provide that make life enjoyable and rewarding. We always should remember and support the past and present members of our Armed Forces – the men and women of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard – as it is because of their contributions and sacrifices that everyone in America can enjoy a safe and free New Year Holiday Celebration once again this year.

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a safe and well deserved break; please take some added time to reflect, to laugh, and to share with your family and your loved ones… And lets do our best to balance our family time with our work time. On behalf of the entire Steeda Autosports Team, and myself, please accept our sincere best wishes for a truly Happy and Healthy New Year.

Sincerely,
Dario Orlando, 
President, Steeda Autosports
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Mark Your Calendar – 2014 Pony Wars!

Christmas might be just around the corner but the team here at Steeda Autosports is already gearing up for the spring 2014 Pony Wars. Held every year at South Georgia Motorsports Park which is one of the top drag strips in the country, the 5th Annual Pony Wars co-hosted by LSR Performance and scheduled for March 29th 2014, will be an event you don’t want to miss.

2014 Pony Wars

All American makes are welcome to participate in what’s been considered the ultimate pony war showdown. For those of you who might be confused as to what the definition of a true Pony Car is… it doesn’t refer to just the Ford Mustang as most would think. The Pony Car classification was given to several models within the GM and Dodge/Plymouth lines as well as Ford and Pontiac, which were inspired by the Ford Mustang originally.

What that breaks down to is a very exciting event!

Steeda and LSR performance will be hosting a pre-race party Friday evening March 28th at a yet undisclosed location. The party will be a good opportunity for everyone to make introductions, check out the competition and set up those grudge races. Some good old fashioned smack talk never hurt, right?

On Saturday morning, the event will kick off at Steeda’s Valdosta location which will include a tour of the 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.

Click Here to View Photos From 2013 Pony Wars

While the fun continues on the drag strip, we’ll also be hosting a car show and have several photographers on hand so make sure those rides are shined up and looking their best! We’ve got a lot more planning to do yet, this is only the beginning! We’ll release more details as they become available, keep checking back for more news!

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Setting the Bar – Steeda’s Improved Panhard Bar

If your Mustang is lowered or if you plan on lowering it in the future, the Steeda adjustable panhard bar is a necessary must have. Don’t take our word for it… stand behind a friend’s car that has lowering springs on it with no other modifications. Even with stock tires, you’ll notice that the rear is pushed out to the left. If you have wide tires and upgraded wheels, you’re almost guaranteed to rub without the use of a panhard bar.

Mustang Panhard Bar

Mustang Panhard Bar

The main function of the panhard bar is to provide the ability to adjust rear end offset. Our larger urethane bushings on the street model reduce flex and improve the panhard bar’s control resulting in better steering response and handling balance while maintaining low NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). If you’re a road race aficionado we also carry our track tested race version bar with spherical rod end bushings for the ultimate in rigidity and hard cornering capability.

The Steeda adjustable panhard bar is 40% lighter than its stock replacement and is 31% lighter than our closest competitor. We make our bar out of 4130 chrome moly steel which is stronger than the stock mild steel piece. This improved design over our original one allows for center adjustability using a CNC machined chrome moly steel adjuster and CNC chrome moly threaded inserts, precisely engineered to provide an easy adjustment while also allowing for an extremely high quality fit. The new center adjustment point also means no wrench fitment or installation issues.

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Lighter. Stronger. Engineered to win.

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2013 Steeda Stampede Recap

Despite a rainy kick off, the 14th Annual Steeda Stampede saw hundreds of enthusiasts and their vehicles lining the lots of Steeda’s Pompano Beach Florida location. A brief shower in the morning gave way to sunshine and allowed the day to progress into one of the best Stampedes yet.

2013 Steeda Stampede

2013 Steeda Stampede

The event consisted of a huge car show, dyno pulls, free food and a live DJ and even a technical seminar by Steeda President Dario Orlando. Customers found great deals in Frank’s Garage and had a chance to have their questions answered in person by knowledgeable staff members. Even the Goodyear Blimp made an appearance over the show!

Listed below are the winners of the car show (in their respective categories). Each winner received a Steeda gift certificate. Congratulations to you all and thank you for being a part of the Steeda Stampede!

05-14 Class
John O’Hara, 
GT500

94-04 Class
Carl Diblasi
, 2003 Mach 1

79-93 Class
Carlos Seara
, 1990 LX

On the dyno, the best pull by an N/A car was a 2013 GT putting down 416HP. In the power adder class a GT500 made 646HP.

Special thanks go out to all of our event sponsors: Nitto Tire, SCT, Koni, Kooks Headers and Xtreme Stop. As always it is a pleasure to work with these manufacturers to continue to bring exciting products to our customers! We had a great time with everyone involved. We can’t wait to see you at our next event… look for details about the 2014 Pony Wars coming soon!

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Steeda’s 2013 SEMA Show Summary

Annually, the SEMA Show held in Las Vegas is “the show” for manufacturers and aftermarket builders to showcase their latest performance bred vehicles and speed related parts and accessories. This year was no exception as Steeda Autosports proudly displayed specialized vehicles and showcased a variety of quality performance bred parts on a series of vehicles at the venue. Following is just a brief summary of just a few of the vehicle highlights that featured Steeda performance parts…

Steeda Q450 Enforcer

Nitto Tire Display In the expansive Nitto Tire display at SEMA, in addition to a comprehensive display of their award winning performance bred tires that they were showcasing, Nitto selected a stunning Race Red 2014 Steeda Q450 Enforcer to highlight on of their newest product offerings. It just so happened that this particular Q450 is personally owned by Steeda’s President and founder – Dario Orlando, and was shod with a staggered fitment of Nitto’s newest and hottest selling Motivo Performance Tires. This Steeda Q450 featured the usual array of Steeda performance enhancements that are standard on the Q450 that allow it to turn any road into pure enjoyment – but it also had a set of our newest Mustang wheel that we are offering – the Steeda mesh wheel. Available soon, this 20″ diameter wheel will be offered in widths of 9.5″ and 11″. This Steeda proprietary low-pressure cast wheel offers superior strength and lightness – all at an affordable price. Specifically designed to reduce your vehicles un-sprung weight and Built with the inherent strength to withstand the rigors of extreme track and street use, this is one wheel that is certain to live up to the Steeda motto that Speed Matters. The Steeda Q450 also featured the Steeda/Ford Racing front splitter.

2014 Steeda Q450

2014 Steeda Q450

Nitto 2014 Mustang

Ford Corporate Display In the Ford display this year, Nitto Tire proudly displayed their latest project vehicle, a highly yet subtly customized 2014 Mustang GT that naturally was fully equipped with a host of Steeda performance parts and accessories. This beautiful Stallion was sporting a lowered stance that the Steeda Coil-Over and Swaybar Suspension System provide, inherently optimizing handling for any street or track conditions it may encounter. With the Steeda cold air intake feeding the 5.0 liter with it’s Cobra Jet intake, the Steeda Tri-Ax shifter was at the ready to provide the quickest and most reliable shits one could subject it to.

Nitto 2014 Mustang

Nitto 2014 Mustang

“Hypersilver”

Muscle Mustang & Fast Ford Magazine’s 1988 Mustang GT Neatly parked in the Source Interlink’s booth at SEMA was MM&FF 25th Anniversary project vehicle – Hypersilver. A truly beautiful project vehicle that was constructed with the collaboration of a variety of key suppliers, this is one Fox bodied ‘Stang that is a real sight to behold. Painstakingly crafted and beautifully completed, it is indeed one of the finest Fox Mustangs we have seen. Peaking under the hood, one could easily see the hints of some Steeda suspension magic – as they selected our Steeda Caster Camber Plates to allow for the proper adjustment of the car’s lowered suspension. These plates allow you to dial in extra caster for straight-line tracking and extra camber for that tight cornering grip a lowered Mustang needs – the perfect and easy adjustment to “dial in” your front suspension to maximize performance both on the street and on the track. We salute Muscle Mustang & Fast Fords in this their 25th Anniversary Year of continued publication supporting the Mustang community and encourage you to subscribe to their outstanding monthly publication.

Muscle Mustangs Hypersilver Fox Body Mustang

Muscle Mustangs Hypersilver Fox Body Mustang

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