Not All Control Arms Are Created Equal

The problem most consumers face when purchasing suspension upgrade components for their vehicle is often whether or not they are purchasing the right product and will it live up to their performance expectations. Oftentimes, faced with cost and brand considerations, consumers may inadvertently purchase a product from a source that they think is a quality supplier/manufacturer, only to find out that the part they purchased for their American pony car lacked proper engineering and performance/safety validation, was built with substandard materials and with inferior quality processes. As a result, the “deal” they thought they had ends up being a disaster. In the ensuing paragraphs and pictures, we are going to expose a HUGE quality difference that you must consider when purchasing ANY performance part for your vehicle. Like the proverb says: “Let the Buyer Beware”…

Steeda Versus Brand X

Steeda Versus Brand X - Click to Supersize Image

To the average person there is probably little perceivable difference in the various suspension components that are available for a Mustang today. From an casual observation perspective, they share common mounting points – but there are an untold multitude of differences that are related to their inherent design, engineering, and materials used in fabrication that result in substantial handling, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), performances gains, and durability… Differences that you need to be aware of so as to maximize performance and ensure safe operation of your vehicle.

On The Right, Brand X's Super Thin Material is Failing Under Normal Use

On The Right, Brand X's Super Thin Material is Failing Under Normal Use

The photo above compares the two different upper control arms for a 2005 – 2014 Ford Mustang. The upper control arm is a critical part of a Mustang’s rear suspension – properly selected and installed it reduces wheel hop and improves traction under hard acceleration. The picture with the red bushing is our regular production upper control arm (#555-4112) with our upper chassis link (#555-4027) and the part with the yellow bushing is a typical competitive part from Brand X. To the casual observer, they look somewhat similar – but there are HUGE differences in how they are engineered, constructed and how they will hold up under demanding street and track use. For one, the Steeda part is fully adjustable, allowing you to dial in the appropriate pinion angle without removing the arm from the vehicle.

Welding

Note that the material on the Steeda part is painstakingly TIG welded in the optimum locations with the exact level of weld penetration and heat application for fusing the parts together – this ensures an exceptionally strong finished component structure. Additionally, the Steeda part is stitch-welded to ensure that no warping occurs during fabrication. Sure this takes more time and cost more to construct, but the end result is a solid finished product that is structurally sound and still true to engineering specifications.

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Superior TIG Steeda Welds

Note that the welds on the Brand X product have indication of less than ideal weld penetration with weld material sitting on top of the material, rather than being integrated and fusing the material together – this results in inferior strength and structural durability of the completed product as the weld lacked the heat to properly bond the parts together for maximum strength. Furthermore, the weld appearance is indicative of a quickened welding process where cost is the prime consideration verses strength. Remember, with any weld, it is the degree of weld penetration and fusion of metal that occurs that matters most – verses – the amount of weld material sitting on top of the parts being joined.

Inferior Welding

Inferior MIG Brand X Welding

Material Strength

The Brand X product lacks the heavy-duty construction of the Steeda part, with material in some key areas less than 50% of the thickness of the same area on the Steeda part. In the photos below, the Steeda bracket has a dimensional thickness of 6.39mm and the Brand X dimension is a meager 3.21mm – with the tremendous forces this part is subjected to, it is only a matter of time before the part will flex, bend, and ultimately have a catastrophic failure when the vehicle launches exceptionally hard or is subjected to the tremendous forces of track and aggressive street driving.

Brand X Uses Inferior, Thin Materials

Steeda's Materials are TWICE as Thick as Brand X

Bushings

From a busing perspective, the Brand X products synthetic bushing employs a pinhole voiding feature and lacks a thrust washer to properly retain the bushing within the structural housing. The construction technique results in reduced structural durability and integrity in the long-term and is prone to excessive NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) characteristics as it wears because it lacks overall structural durability and integrity.

Brand X Lacks Trust Washing, Inducing Unwanted Lateral Movement

Brand X Lacks Thrust Washers, Inducing Unwanted Lateral Movement

The Steeda bushings we use in our upper control arm are a special proprietary three-piece design (see image below) we engineered and competition tested to enhance performance and reduce NVH over other inferior competitive designs. We strategically integrate a thrust washer to secure the bushing, further increasing structural integrity and providing reduced slop. Designed for demanding use on both the street and track, our part has been extensively tested on our race cars under the most severe conditions possible – all without failure and compromise!

Steeda's Thrust Washing, Eliminate Unwanted Lateral Movement

Steeda's Thrust Washers, Eliminate Unwanted Lateral Movement

As an additional example of the vast hidden differences in control arms today, look at the cut-away photo below in which we expose the differences in a typical non-adjustable upper rear control arm for the 1979 – 2004 Mustang in the market today. The non-Steeda control arm in this picture was installed on a street Mustang and after installation, it quickly deteriorated to the point where there was a serious “slop” in the rear suspension as the bushing in the control arm suffered wear under the stress it is subjected to. Suffice to say, with this component part, the vehicles handling capabilities and the NVH characteristics diminished ever further as the bushing prematurely failed due to its design and construction.

In the picture below, you can see how we cutaway the upper control arms 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.

Steeda's Three Piece Bushing (left) Eliminates Bind Unlike Other Brands, Which are Known to Fail

Steeda's Three Piece Bushing (left) Eliminates Bind Unlike Other Brands, Which are Known to Fail

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 extreme 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 NVH and provide the flexibility required for suspension movement, and the center bushing (black in color) has a much higher durometer rating so that it provides the tight travel and control a reduction in lateral movement that is desired for maximum control and traction.

In addition to the obvious differences in bushings, we purposely constructed this Steeda upper control arm out of 6061 aerospace grade aluminum alloy – an alloy that affords tremendous strength and one that also dramatically reduces the un-sprung weight of the suspension. 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 suspension components are created alike – there are major differences in engineering, manufacturing, and material quality. So – when you set out to enhance the performance of your vehicle, remember “The Steeda Difference”.

Designed, Engineered, and manufactured under strict ISO 9001-2008 Standards and competition tested under the most grueling race conditions on the planet, the Steeda name is your GUARANTEE of quality. Made in the USA and with a lifetime guarantee – you simply cannot buy any better performance part.

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Visit Steeda at the 2013 Mustang Week Celebration

At this weekends annual Mustang Week Celebration in Myrtle Beach, the Steeda Team will be out in full force celebrating with the original pony car faithful in attendance. During the car show on Friday and Saturday, our corporate display will be packed with not only some unique and interesting vehicles, but also various part displays where you can personally see and touch the quality difference we put into each and every Steeda performance part we manufacture.

Mustang Week

The vehicles that we have on display in our booth:

  • Steeda Q650 StreetFighter
  • Steeda Q450 Enforcer
  • Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca
  • Steeda Q650R Competition Race Car

Steeda Boss & Q450 Mustang

In addition to the cars on display, we will also be handing out to select Steeda owners and customers special Steeda T-shirts and Steeda hats. During the two show days, our President and CEO Dario Orlando will be canvassing the show grounds and will personally hand out a $500 Steeda gift certificate to the Best-of-Show Steeda vehicle on display at the venue.

So if you are attending the Mustang Week celebration this week, make sure you stop by the Steeda display and check us out and let us know your performance needs. If your not attending the show this year, change you plans and make this a priority as the 2013 Mustang Week celebration is most certainly something that you will not want to miss!

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You Ask, We Listen. Steeda’s New No-Compromise Rear X-Brace

Vehicle engineers around the world all know that chassis torsional rigidity is a critical factor in ensuring the optimum cornering ability of your car and how much you can accelerate into, through, and out of a turn. A stiffened chassis has a direct affect on how well your vehicle will handle when it is driven aggressively on the road, track, or at the dragstrip. The reason for this is because if your chassis is a “big wet noodle”, all the suspension tuning and roll stiffness adjustment in the world won’t function properly because your car is flexing so much. Now – Steeda Autosports is proud to announce that we have a newly engineered and hugely impactful rear X-Brace that dramatically stiffens the rear chassis area AND it allows for full retention of your rear seat!

Steeda Mustang Rear X-Brace

Contrary to common belief, there is no such thing as a chassis that doesn’t flex. When put under a load under aggressive driving on the street or the track, every vehicle chassis has a variable amount of flex – and this flexibility if left unchecked, can have a hugely detrimental effect on your ride quality, handling abilities, and your overall vehicle performance.

In essence, chassis stiffness is what separates a great car to drive from one that is merely just an OK. Lets dig into the some of the specifics about chassis stiffening and also the facts and features of the new Steeda X-Brace for the ’05 – ’14 Ford Mustang.

Steeda Mustang X-Brace Installed

Steeda Mustang X-Brace

The chassis of a car is the most important structural part of your vehicle. The more rigid it is, the better chance that all of the wheels will point in the desired direction. This is a good thing for control, safety, comfort, and maximum performance. If the vehicle’s body/frame flexes too much, the wheels (and therefore the vehicle itself), will move in directions other than the one in which the driver is intending it to go in. This movement doesn’t have to be large to be noticeable or have a negative effect on overall vehicle performance. The need for constant steering corrections while driving may be due to frame flex (among many other possible causes). This can be tiring at best, and can make a car’s cornering abilities far less than optimum – another very negative performance factor. In the past, when automobile frames were less rigid than today, sports cars often had very stiff suspensions. This reduced unwanted wheel movement –but– it also reduced comfort, and, seemingly paradoxically, sometimes reduced handling abilities as well. Remember, your vehicle’s tires must be in constant contact with the ground in order to transmit acceleration, braking, or cornering forces. A suspension that is too stiff will have wheels rebounding into the air, adversely affecting road grip, handling, and performance. The speed gurus at Steeda Autosports set out to tackle this issue and with the mission to design a solution that improved chassis rigidity and also did not impact the rear seat area of a Mustang. The solution: The all-new Steeda X-Brace made for the 2005 – 2014 Ford Mustang.

Steeda Mustang X-Brace

Strategically designed, engineered, and manufactured under our strict ISO 9001:2008 Certified Standards, this chassis enhancement is designed to be mounted to the rear shock towers and offers a dramatic improvement over current competitive designs which only attach to the sheet metal behind the rear seat. The design of the Steeda X-Brace is such that the loads between the rear shocks, springs and the chassis are part of a more unified and substantial vehicle structure – not just the sheet metal of the car. Since it is mounted to the shock towers, the reaction time it has on correcting the loads at the rear of the car are dramatically reduced.

The Steeda X-Brace brace installs in the chassis area between the rear wheel wells behind the rear seat – effectively coupling this part of the rear structure together for increased chassis rigidity. Manufactured in the USA in our Valdosta Georgia facility, this X-Brace is designed for the street, track, and dragstrip.

Some Features & Benefits

  • 4130 Chrome Moly tubular steel for “HARDCORE” structural area support
  • Structural steel mounting brackets
  • A beautiful baked powder coated finish
  • Easy bolt-in or welded-in installation
  • Provides the retention of full functionality of the rear seat

Steeda’s Mustang rear x-brace is available from Steeda and in-stock. Click Here to order your own x-brace.

Remember – When it comes to enhancing the performance of your Ford vehicle, you can rely on Steeda Autosports to provide the highest quality performance parts that are designed, engineered, and manufactured here in in the USA. Our mission is to constantly push the boundaries of performance and offer our customers the performance parts they want and need – all at the highest level of quality and value for you hard earned dollar.

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First 2013 Manual GT500 In The 8′s Equipped With Steeda Parts

Every drag racer knows that putting power to the pavement effectively is the key to securing low quarter mile ET times. You can have all the horsepower in the world – and if you can’t “hook-up” the car to maximize traction, you will just be spinning your wheels in despair. And when you have an engine pumping 1,156 RWHP and 1,078 RWTQ numbers, the challenge of minimizing wheel-spin is even greater as you need to have effective weight transfer and inherent traction to effectively launch the car the entire quarter mile.

Evolution Performance GT500

Evolution Performance GT500

The team at Evolution Performance came to Steeda Autosports when they needed to acquire the very best suspension and other components to maximize the traction of their 2013 GT500. Digging into our extensive parts bin, we were able to supply them some key regular Steeda production parts that we manufacture that were sure to stand up to the massive amount of abuse they would be subjected them to – all in the quest to be the very first in the world to get a GT500 with a standard transmission into the highly coveted 8-second range.

Evolution Performance GT500

Evolution Performance GT500

The end result is is a quarter mile time of 8.94 seconds at 159 MPH, with an impressive 1.346 second 60 foot time! Not bad for tipping the scale at a hefty 3,854 pounds! The First and only GT500 with a stock manual transmission to break into the magical 8 second range. We congratulate Evolution Performance for their commitment and dedication to their quarter mile assault and also for relying on Steeda Autosports for some of their performance parts needs. Needless to say, we were 100% confident that our production parts would do the job they were designed to do. From maximizing traction, to ensuring proper weight transfer, the key is to have the proper parts for the job at hand. So whether you are building a quarter mile assault vehicle like Evolution Performance has done, a car that you want to out handle anyone on the track, or just a daily cruiser that you can enjoy from curve to curve or stop-light to stop-light….you can count on Steeda to supply the specific parts you need.

All of our Steeda performance products are engineered and manufactured under strict ISO 9001-2008 Standards so they will exceed your expectations and leave others in your dust.

Seeing is believing – The groundbreaking quarter mile time assault can be seen at the following video link:

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11th Annual Sebring Sensation

The Track Guys 11th Annual Sebring Sensation is set for May 25th – May 26th at the famed Sebring International Raceway in Sebring Florida. Once again, Steeda Autosports is a proud sponsor of the event, which provides individuals the very unique opportunity to challenge their driving skills at one of the most famous and historic race tracks in the world – Sebring International Raceway. The Steeda Team will be there Saturday with a variety of our street and race vehicles.

For those individuals wanting or needing some professional driving instructions, there will be three different levels of track driving instructions – from beginner to experienced each with plenty of available track time for you to see how you and your vehicle can perform at this historic track. With the unique track setting, wide variety of cars onsite, and terrific camaraderie with everyone in attendance, this is one event that you MUST attend!

As a special incentive for those individuals planning on attending, Track Guys are providing a special 10% discount on the registration fees. Additionally, Steeda will be providing nearly $2,000 in Steeda prizes to those in attendance and as a special incentive for those attending,

To enroll for the event and qualify for the special Steeda sponsored 10% discount, click on the following link and remember to use promo code STEEDA13 during your online registration:

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Free Tickets – Win 2 One-of-a-Kind GT500s and $50,000 Cash

As an exclusive offering for our loyal Steeda customers that subscribe to our email list, we made a special arrangement with the 2013 Mustang Dream Giveaway charity team to provide 5 FREE BONUS Sweepstake Tickets with any donation of $20 or more that they make to the charity. For over three years, the Mustang Dream Giveaway has been providing unique and one-of-a-kind Mustangs as a grand prize in their Annual Charity Sweepstakes, and the proceeds that they have raised have gone to some very worthy causes.

This year, the Mustang Dream Giveaway is awarding to one lucky individual:

  • 2013 Shelby GT500 (one of a kind model) modified with key Steeda suspension and powertrain components
  • 1968 Shelby GT500 (one of a kind sunroof model)
  • $50,000 in cash for taxes

All contributions are fully tax deductible and the funds go for a very worth cause – The Worldcause Foundation who supports our wounded war veterans and other fine causes in America. We encourage you to make a difference and make a $20 donation or more, and if you do, we will further support you by providing 5 free bonus tickets courtesy of Steeda Autosports (just use promo code SW0313E when you order your tickets).

Click on the following for more information.

Win 2 One-of-a-Kind GT500s and $50,000 Cash

Win 2 One-of-a-Kind GT500s and $50,000 Cash

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Hooked on Driving / Camp Steeda Registration Closing Soon!

The Hooked on Driving / Camp Steeda event is right around the corner. Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st at the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Florida, this event has the bargain price of $249 for one day or $449 for both days of active track time at the challenging PBIR track. During these two days, participating enthusiasts will have the run of the over two mile course and the opportunity to receive professional instruction on to enhance their driving abilities and vehicle performance capabilities.

Steeda Q650R Product Development Vehicle

Steeda Q650R Product Development Vehicle

This event has consistently been voted one of enthusiasts favorite yearly events by Steeda customers and this year it promises to be yet another exciting and successful event. Palm Beach International Raceway’s track is a challenging 11-turn, 2.034 mile road course that is FIA Grade II Certified and features fast and challenging corners, as well as long straightaways that are sure to put a smile on both entry level and experienced drivers.

Enthusiasts that have participated previously at this event are once again encouraged to bring their car and participate so as to sharpen their performance driving skills. As always, professional instructors will be available to provide both classroom and on-track coaching if you desire.

“First timers” at the track need not be intimidated by a day at the track as there will be a coach assigned to you who will work with you during the day. He/she will ride in the passenger seat and guide you on the proper driving line, track techniques and provide the encouragement so you gain confidence on the track at speed. You can stick with one coach if you’d like, or switch off during the day. As you gain confidence on the track, ask the coach if you’re ready to be “signed off for solo” which should be noted in your driving log book. Key is that there will be plenty of professional instruction available for everyone and great time for all !

To register for the event – Click Here

For additional information, feel free to contact us directly, or alternatively, you may also contact Henry Gilbert on phone number 1-800-453-5506 or email him at: henry@hookedondriving.com

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Steeda Leading The Way in Focus ST Tuning

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.

Focus ST Custom Tuning

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

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

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

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.

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Steeda Autosport Leads in Technology Sharing and Quality

The relationship between Steeda Autosports and Ford Motor Company has its roots back to the inception of Steeda when we first opened our doors with our collaboration with Ford on many performance based projects and vehicles. Later, when Ford Motor Company was launching the ground breaking Ford/SEMA Technology sharing program, Steeda Autosports was a leader in this initiative, participating on the advisory/steering committee and actively drafting the program scope so achieve the greatest possible benefit to Ford performance enthusiasts. With a primary focus on vehicle and component quality, this initiative was the first time in automotive history where this “secret” information was made available to the aftermarket.

Steeda Mustang on Display in Fords SEMA Booth

Steeda Mustang on Display in Fords SEMA Booth

The Ford/SEMA Technology Initiative Sharing Program ensures a robust exchange of key technical and testing information related to Ford vehicles. At Steeda, before we sell any new part, we take extra steps to ensure that our parts will not cause a related or unrelated component failure where your new car warranty could potentially be jeopardized. Whenever you see the Steeda name on a product it is YOUR GUARANTEE that that part is the highest quality available, and that it has been made to ensure that the integrity and value of your new car is not compromised. Designed, engineered, and manufactured under exceptionally strict ISO 9001:2008 guidelines, our parts exceed most new car warranty requirements and are proudly made here in the USA.

Steeda President Discussing Product Development With Edsel Ford

Steeda President, Dario Orlando, Discussing Product Development With Edsel Ford II

Today, Steeda Autosports remains one of the most active participants in this program, and we are the ONLY participant to ever participate in the powertrain calibration portion of the program – validating our dedication and commitment to being an evolutionary leader in Ford performance today.

Steeda Focus ST on Display in Fords SEMA Booth

Steeda Focus ST on Display in Fords SEMA Booth

One should have caution however when purchasing other aftermarket parts and accessories from other manufacturers and retailers. You should make sure that whatever part you are buying is made under these strict certified guidelines to ensure their quality. Question to see that if their part fails and subsequently causes a Ford warranted part to fail they will stand behind and warrant the Ford part on your behalf.

An In-house Steeda Engineer Designing Product using SEMA Tech Transfer Provided Information

An In-house Steeda Engineer Designing Product using SEMA Tech Transfer Provided Information

Do some investigation and make sure that the aftermarket company you are considering purchasing from has a current ISO 9001:2008 certification. Question whether their parts are manufactured offshore in developing countries or in substandard facilities. Ask them why are their parts made overseas. The real answer is readily apparent – because it is cheaper and it gives them a higher profit margin. Remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Is a foreign-made substandard part what you really want to put on your American performance vehicle? At Steeda Autosports, we have an ISO 9001:2008 certified, state of the art manufacturing facility in Valdosta, Georgia and we are fully committed to ensuring that every part you purchase from us is the absolute best it can be.

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At Steeda: We Race – You Win

What differentiates Steeda Autosports from most other manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of performance parts and accessories is that we are on the racetrack almost every weekend – actively testing and validating our parts and vehicles and showcasing that at Steeda – Speed Matters. From racetracks, to dragstrips, and even “unofficially” at the occasional stop light, we believe that you have to actively need to live and breathe motorsports to have the credibility one needs in this business today to design, manufacture and sell performance parts and accessories.

Proving this point, this past weekend was just one example of how on most weekends, racetracks all around America are filled with with Steeda prepared vehicles, and with vehicles that use Steeda performance parts. Additinally, many of our close friends and our employees are out there racing, showcasing that we indeed are very serious about Ford performance.

The NMRA Spring Break Shootout this past weekend at the Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton Florida started the 2013 drag racing season with plenty of excitement and fanfare. With perfect weather and packed stands, Scott Boda – Steeda’s Director of Manufacturing took his red Steeda equipped 1990 Mustang LX to Bradenton and ran the fastest time ever in his car, 8.79@155mph with a 1.34 sixty foot on the back tires!! There was no doubt that the Steeda suspension system was definitely working out there this weekend as Scott’s times were good enough for him to finish in 1st place in the 9 second bracket and 4th overall in Tremec True Street against some more powerful cars. It was the largest True street field ever for Bradenton with 117 cars!

Also at the NMRA Event, Steeda customer Chris Parisi stated the season perfectly by winning the Tremec True Street Class with his 2007 Steeda equipped V6 Mustang. With over 149,000 miles on the odometer, this car is Chris’ daily driver and he races it whenever he can in the NMRA Series. Over the years, Chris has been able to sharpen his skills and greatly improve his consistency in competition. An example of that is his killer launch times of .014 in qualifying and .012 in the first round. Suffice to say, Chris is starting the season strong by winning his class and we are hopeful once again this year that Chris will also win his class championship one more time!

Steeda/Nitto Tire driver John Urist of Albuquerque, New Mexico was competing at the NMRA event in the Street Outlaw class. Running a 94mm turbo in the nose of his car, he was able to make it thru three rounds of eliminations, going into the final round. When all was said and done, John had an amazing run of 7.424 at 192.06mph, but even that was not good enough as he finished a very close second by a blink of an eye.

Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida was also very busy this past weekend with The Florida Region of the SCCA racing and also the South Atlantic Road Racing Championship’ (SARRC) Series there with a ‘double event”. Each morning had its own qualifying session, followed by a 30 minute race in the afternoon.
There was also a separate 90 minute Enduro Race on Saturday afternoon that featured mandatory pit stops and driver changes.

For SCCA event, our own Steeda Sales Professional Rod Wiliamson brought out his Steeda equipped 1994 Mustang Cobra for a weekend of racing excitement. Competing against other Mustangs and Camaros in the American Sedan Class, Rod was able to finesse his car and finish in 1st place in his class on Saturday and also 1st place on Sunday. Not bad for the cars first season outing of the year!

For the Enduro portion of the Palm Beach International Raceway event, our own Glen Vitale, Steeda Autosport’s Vice President of Operations was there to represent Steeda. Glen is no stranger at the racetrack, he has been racing for over 24 years and when he is not directing the operations at Steeda, he is usually behind the wheel of one of his cars. This time he left his Steeda Certified GT500 and the Steeda Q650 race cars in the barn, and took out his Steeda prepared 1990 Mazda Miata out for some enduro fun around the challenging track. In qualifying he realized that he was spinning the right rear tire on hard right hand turns causing him to lose some drive coming out of the corners hurting his speed on the ensuing straightaways – a sure sign of a differential problem. Even with this problem, Glen and his car were still good enough to qualify not only 1st in his class but 1st overall for the endurance race.

Glen knew going into the 1.5 hour race that he could win not only his class but he could capture the overall win if the cars differential stayed together. When the race started he maintained his lead on the start and led the pack for the 1st lap. On the 2nd lap the 2nd place car, trying very hard to match his corner speed, ended up going off track, hitting the wall and destroying the left front corner of their car. This brought out a caution to clean up the remnants of his car and allowed Glen to take it easy on the wounded differential. When the race went back to green he managed maintained a steady pace, 1st place in class but he fell to 2nd place overall. With 30 minutes left the 1st place overall car ended up on the side of the track broken, and a car spun causing a full-course caution. With the entire pack now on Glen’s bumper, when the green flag dropped, it was a dash to the finish with the lead he had built up essentially gone. Suddenly, his battery light was on indicating that the alternator was not charging. Turning off his cool suit and race radio, he conserved his electrical load putting all available juice to power his ignition. When the checkered flag dropped – Glen was 1st in class and 1st overall – beating 21 rivals and making him undefeated in his class at PBIR for the last four enduro races held there.

Congratulations to all of the racers that fly the Steeda colors and trust us for their performance needs.

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