NMRA Season Opener – Bradenton Motorsports Park

The NMRA blasts into the 2013 season with guns blazing, starting the year off right at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, over the weekend of March 7-10, 2013. As the traditional jumping-off point for the NMRA season, Bradenton always brings record-setting weather and a great racing surface to the NMRA competitors and Steeda Autosports and Nitto tire will be right there with our corporate displays!

Steeda Mustang

The NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals Series has a little bit of everything for the racing fan – from the hardcore Street Outlaw class that features turbo- and supercharged door-slammers that are capable of burning up the quarter-mile, to the heavy hitters of the Renegade class shooting for glory with their state-of-the-art small-block Ford engines. Fans and racers alike wait all winter for this event to take place, so make sure you’ve got your seat in the stands to be a witness to it all.

Steeda Mustangs

At this race, Steeda and Nitto Tire sponsored John Urist will be proudly defending his championship and will be running his Fox bodied 1993 Mustang LX Coupe. Powered with a 420 CID Windsor engine with over 35 PSI of hard charging forced induction, John’s Mustang puts out an estimated 2000 horsepower… enough gallop power to propel his pony down the quarter mile into the mid seven second range with speeds approaching 200 miles per hour.

Steeda & Nitto at Bradenton

Steeda Autosport President Dario Orlando comments: “We are hopeful that John will continue to dominate this highly competitive drag event once again this year. The Steeda Autosports Team is proud to be a sponsor of John’s and contribute to his ongoing racing success. John’s outstanding success is indicative of the commitment that he and his race team and Steeda Autosports Team has towards dominating drag racing.”

Steeda Mustang

The NMRA Bradenton event will also feature a 2013 Ford Racing Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Steeda Dealer Jacky Jones Ford. Spring Break Shootout fans are in for an extra special treat at this year’s event as the Ford factory racecars will compete for top honors. Attendees will be able witness one of the largest gatherings of Cobra Jets parked together in what NMRA calls the “snake pit.” Several times each day the snakes will hit the track for the ultimate Blue Oval slugfest of power and performance. These Ford-built racecars will put on a high speed show all weekend long in search of glory and bragging rights for winning the Cobra Jet Showdown!

Steeda Mustang

For more information about the NMRA event in Bradenton, click on: http://www.nmradigital.com

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Pony Wars: A Showcase of American Pride

The 4th Annual Pony Wars event exceeded expectations once again this year with a tremendous outpouring of the best pony cars from Ford, Chevrolet, and Mopar. Conceived as the ultimate pony car showdown, the annual Pony Wars event – sponsored by Steeda Autosports and LSR Performance – brought together performance loving gear-heads from all around to enjoy a weekend of car shows, drag racing and pure automotive excitement.

With exceptionally strong attendance, the event most certainly had something for everyone. It all started on Friday evening at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Valdosta Georgia when the octane faithful showed up for a car show, dinner, and a few “red pops” – all in preparation for the main event the following day at Steeda Autosports and at the South Georgia Motorsports Park.

On Saturday morning, Steeda Autosports President Dario Orlando hosted a facility tour at their Valdosta facility, showcasing their ISO 9001:2008 Certified manufacturing processes and also providing some insight on how Steeda supports the performance needs of Ford vehicle owners with products proudly designed, engineered, and manufactured here in the USA. In depth discussions and behind the scenes tours provided insight about our world-class CNC milling & machining capabilities, computerized hardened steel tube bending, TIG welding operations, component fabrication, high temperature powder coating operations, product assembly and packaging, and warehousing operations.

Following the facility tour, the City of Valdosta’s finest – the Valdosta Police, brought out one of their big guns from their fleet, a specially prepared Steeda Police Interceptor Mustang, and led a 1.5 mile long procession of Pony Cars to the South Georgia Motorsports Park. These Steeda Police Interceptors normally see high-speed highway patrol and specialized pursuit service, but this time a Steeda Police Interceptor was used to lead the Pony War attendees in their processional drive. Taking the scenic way to the motorsports facility, the procession vehicles were treated to some really great roads that provided the winding and twisting that made for a really enjoyable drive.

Once at the motorsports facility, both Jackie Jones Ford and Stingray Chevrolet had displays that showcased their performance cars and each had their event staffs available to provide sales support to all of the event attendees. Jackie Jones Ford, an official Steeda Serialized Dealer, also brought a new Steeda vehicle to showcase and sell – a beautiful 2013 Steeda Q350, awaiting a new proud owner!

There was special parking for the Pony Wars Car Show, where tons of vehicles were on display – all showcasing the personal attention to modifications and detailing that make American Pony Cars stand out in the crowd. After the judging was completed, the following owner cars received special recognition for their award winning rides:

Ford

  1. Chester Speed: 1971 Mach 1 Mustang
  2. Chester Speed: 1970 Mach 1 Mustang
  3. Randy Thomas: 2010 GT500

Chevy

  1. Clint Symons: 2012 Supercharged V6 Camaro
  2. Robert Schultz: 2013 Camaro SS
  3. Alex Franklin: 2010 Camaro SS

Mopar

  1. Adam Parker: 1972 Charger

Best in Show

  1. Willard Nipper: 1968 Camaro

For those that were more inclined for some racing, the dragstrip action was non-stop. It all started with a test and tune session where you could prep your ride and dial it in for the days action. Next up was what is called “Grudge Racing”, where cars line up against each other for a blast down the ¼ mile asphalt. You could race against your buddy’s car, a vehicle you wanted to challenge to race, or just face off against a random vehicle…..they key idea is to have some fun and see what you and your car can do. After about 3 hours of the Grudge, cars were then divided into three categories base on their quickest runs of the day, for the next series entitled “Open Comp” drag racing. In this series, cars with times that are relatively close to each other compete in a like class to find the quickest driver/car combo in each group. After several hours of noon stop excitement, it was time to determine the “Quick 8″ – where the eight fastest cars faced off to see who had the bragging rights to the quickest car at the track and who would take home the bragging rights for the fastest. Eventually, Tony Whetstone from Tallahassee piloting his Fox bodied convertible took top honors. With the track preparation perfect, and Tony’s car dialed in, he ran his first ever 8 second pass and continuing running in the 8′s all day long with a best of 8.89 @ 153mph with a remarkable 1.24 short time on drag radials. His launches were spectacular, lifting the front end of his convertible easily off the ground and throwing the weight on his rear tires for maximum taction.

All in all – it was an action packed day of non-stop excitement for everyone. It didn’t matter if you were a spectator, a novice competitor, or a die-hard racer, there was fun and excitement for everyone as we all were paying homage to a uniquely all American icon – the Pony Car.

Needless to say, we are already making plans for the 2014 edition of the Pony Wars, and we have a few ideas to make it even better next year. So start making plans, because it will be here before you know it!

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Steeda Focus Product Development – The Racing Advantage

Buyer Beware: If you are a current Ford Focus owner or are contemplating on getting a hot new Focus ST and will be in need of performance parts, it is critical you understand the Steeda difference and the benefits you can receive. Unlike most other performance parts manufacturers or distributors, the Steeda Team is comprised of not just businessmen out for quick profits or geeky engineers that have zero race experience, or a bunch of greedy accountants that try to thrift product content. Rather, we are comprised of a team of dedicated, die-hard/hard core racers that also happen to be exceptional technical engineers, and honest business professionals that have a firm commitment to produce the very best track tested products possible right here in America.

Steeda Focus ST Development Vehicle

Just one example of this is the ongoing product development we have undertaken on the Ford Focus. Our President of Steeda, Dario Orlando has been racing for over 40 years a variety of RWD and FWD vehicles, fine tuning them and further developing and refining their performance as well as honing his own keen ability to dial in a car better than the competition. For example, this past weekend following the Pony Wars event, he took our older 2003 Ford Focus ZX3 to Sebring International Raceway for a weekend SCCA Road Racing event. This ZX3 has served as just one of the many front wheel drive vehicles we have in our test fleet and has undergone a variety of modifications over the years as we test new performance ideas, spring rates, stabilizer bar settings, and other elements that are completely unique to a front wheel drive vehicle platform. Dario purposely started dead last in the race – 65th position to be exact. During the race he was hauling in and hunting down various cars and at the end, he was in second place ready to drive up the tail pipe of the leading Porsche 944 at the finish line – all in a 10 year old Steeda Focus!

Steeda Focus Development Vehicle at Sebring

So when you set out to purchase performance parts and accessories for your Focus, ask yourself if you want to purchase parts made by people that say they know performance, or would you want to purchase from a company that really knows performance and proves it at the race track?

Do you want parts made overseas by suppliers that have never seen or tested your type of car, or do you want performance parts that have been specifically made under strict ISO 9001:2008 Certified practices here in the USA with the highest quality materials that have also been extensively tested under the most harsh conditions possible – the race track?

Steeda Focus Development Vehicle at Sebring

Do you want parts made by a small shop with limited experience and questionable equipment and sold by an internet .com clearinghouse that is more concerned about dollars to their bottom line –or– do you want to buy from a company that is really concerned about performance, and can deliver the integrity and quality you deserve for your hard earned dollar?

Steeda Focus Development Vehicle at Sebring

The answer should be obvious – Take advantage of the knowledge base of our entire team and leverage the extensive racing and engineering experience that goes into every part we manufacturer. Go ahead and ask other manufacturers if they are ISO 9001:2008 Certified – their answer may surprise you because only a handful of performance aftermarket companies in this business today undertake the same quality commitment that we do.

By choosing Steeda you are buying not only a performance part or a turn-key Steeda serialized vehicle, but also a commitment that guarantees you the highest level of quality and a level of performance that is unlike any other.

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The 2013 Pony Wars Are Coming!

February 9, 2013 is the date – and the South Georgia Motorsports Park is the location for the Annual Pony Wars event that is hosted by Steeda Autosports and LSR Performance. Featuring a showdown of the best pony cars from Ford, GM, and Mopar, there is GUARANTEED to be something for everyone at this now classic motorsports event.

GT500 Burnout

Current plans for the event include:

  • A pre-party/car show at Buffalo Wild Wings in Valdosta will start at 6:30pm and continue until the wee hours. This pre-party, starting at 6:30 pm will allow for everyone to let loose and hang together and build the Pony War camaraderie, and in addition with the parking lot filled with a vast collection of pure American muscle cars, there will be plenty to look at!
  • On Saturday morning, the event will kick off at 7:30am at Steeda Autosports Valdosta facility with a tour of our manufacturing and distribution facilities – and for those in attendance, there will be an opportunity to purchase Steeda parts at a special Pony War discounted rate.
  • At 9:00am there will be a special Police escorted cruise to the South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) facility that surely will provide for many “Kodak Moments” as thousands of horsepower are all following in procession behind the local Police escourt.
  • The SGMP officially opens at 9:00 am – and the excitement will start then and continue all day long! Drag racing participants will have the opportunity to start out with test their cars, and later in the afternoon there will be a “Grudge Racing” session where cars will be sorted into 3 classes based on ET’s. These 3 classes will battle it out for $100.00 gift certificate for the winners and $50.00 for the runner ups.
  • We will also have a people choice car show with classes for best Chevrolet, Ford, and Mopar. The winner takes home $50.00 gift certificate, runner up a free t-shirt and decals and everyone in attendance will have a mind full of memories of pure pony car!
  • An autocross event will allow you to test and hone your driving skills around a special track that will be set up. This event will provide for a ton of excitement and will pit everyone against each other for the bragging rights for the best handling car at the Pony Wars!

For those out-of-towners, the official host hotel the event is the is the Holiday Inn on West Hill, they have a special $79.00 a night rate as well as ample safe and secured parking for your pony car.

So, if you have an American made Ford, GM, or Mopar car or you just want to have a great time seeing these types of cars in action, this is where you need to be. Every year this event gets bigger and no doubt this year will be one of the biggest ever, with some of the country’s best performance cars in attendance. So make your plans as soon as possible – February 9th will be here before you know it and you do not want to miss this event!

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Year End Message From Steeda Founder, Dario Orlando

On behalf of the entire team at Steeda Autosports, I want to personally wish all of our customers, friends, and industry partners a truly Happy New Year. As 2012 draws to a close, I believe it is important to take a minute and personally thank you for the trust you have placed in us in satisfying your Ford performance needs. Everyone at Steeda Autosports fully understands just how fortunate we are to have such loyal and dedicated customers – and we indeed are grateful for your business and the trust you provide in us.

It is very important that as we embark into 2013, that we all maintain an even greater appreciation of our families and the ones we love – because the value that they provide is one should be held close to ones heart and dearly treasured. Also lets not forget our dedicated service men and women in our armed forces during this New Year Celebration – it is because of their sacrifices that we all can enjoy a safe and free New Year holiday celebration once again this year.

In closing, I would like to wish you all a safe and well deserved break; with time to reflect, laugh and share with family and loved ones. On behalf of myself and the entire Steeda Team, please accept our sincere best wishes for a truly Happy New Year.

Dario Orlando,
President, Steeda Autosports

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Available Soon: The 2013 Steeda Fusion Sport

Athletic, Elegant, and Dramatic

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.

Steeda 2013 Ford Fusion

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.

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“Laguna Steeda” in the News

The February, 2013 issue of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords has an article about the newest addition to our Mustang stable – a 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca that they have appropriately named: Laguna Steeda. Essentially we took the best handling Mustang that Ford Motor Company manufacturers, and we made it better. With a collection of various Steeda production parts, we upped the ante in the market of street/track vehicles and came up with a Steeda Certified version of the Boss 302 Laguna Seca that defies the competition.

Steeda Boss Mustang

So make sure you read 5.0 Editor Steve Turner’s write up and check out the February, 2013 copy of 5.0 Mustang and Super Fords today. And for a bonus – also get the January issue of 5.0 – there is a complete article in that issue that covers our build up of this awesome Steeda Certified Vehicle.

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Steeda Captures the 2012 NASA – SE Championship

Webster Dictionary:
‘champion’ noun \cham-pē-an\: a winner of first prize or first place in competition; also one who shows marked superiority.

Steeda Dictionary:
‘champion’ proper noun; Jim Edwards – a racer that won the 2012 NASA – SE Region Championship driving a Steeda Certified Shelby GT and finished every race this season on the podium…..

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed to deliver high quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars at key racetracks and venues across the U.S.A. For the 2012 Season, the Champion in the SE Region is non-other than Jim Edwards – a 65 year old retired Army Captain and Vietnam Veteran that drove his Steeda Certified Mustang to a total of 13 events – always finishing on the podium – and winning the overall Championship. Not too bad for a street-legal, 3400-plus pound car with air conditioning, stereo, power leather seats and all the amenities one would find in any other high-end Mustang.

Jim Edwards

Jim who is enthusiastic about performance vehicles and racing comments: “I began my racing career with a desire to participate actively in road racing…wanting to be really competitive…. it is just my nature. While I began with a really good platform in the shape of the Shelby GT, I knew that in order to consistently win and be a champion, I would have to seriously take it up a notch or two to have an edge against the competition”.

Jim stated that the first thing he did was to initiate a dialogue with the Steeda Team, seeking advice on how to make the S197 platform perform to its maximum potential. With Glen Vitale and Gus Irizarry providing guidance, the Shelby GT began a transformation into a hardcore 2007 Steeda Certified Q350 that would be not only suited for the track, but also could serve as a daily driver without the annoying ride or abusive NVH that so many other modified vehicles have.

Improvements made to his stock car include, but are not limited to Steeda competition springs, Steeda sway bars, adjustable panhard bar, bumpsteer kit, adjustable lower control arms, one-piece aluminum driveshaft, racing clutch and as many Steeda billet brackets and attachment points as possible. Jim added; “ I even consulted with Steeda on the perfect tire and wheel alignment needed to maximize road grip on the various tracks that I be competing on. They insisted that the tire I should be using should be the Nitto NT01, because these tires were of the highest quality and offered the best grip and track compliance that they have ever tested. There is no doubt in my mind that the Steeda Team provided me the winning combination of performance parts and insight that turned the Shelby GT into a champion, and for that I am forever grateful.”

Dario Orlando, President Steeda Autosports added: “The entire Team at Steeda Autosports salutes Jim Edwards for his outstanding accomplishments this past season…his record is remarkable ! In addition, I want to thank him for trusting us with the performance modifications and insight we provided him.”

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Steeda Autosport at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Every November, the Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off the season of major auto shows and is considered by many to be one of the top four premier auto shows held in North America. Once again this year, Steeda Autosports has a vehicle on display at this prestigious event – a Steeda Q450 Enforcer that is a showpiece for some of our latest products that we are bringing to market. Located in the Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) display at the show, this unique Q450 Enforcer is referred to as our “Carbon Edition” as it is the debut vehicle for a new line of Mustang Carbon Fiber parts that elevate the Mustang to an entirely different level of appearance and performance.

The Team at Galpin Ford/Galpin Auto Sports knows a thing or two about automobiles as they have been customizing them since the 1960s – and it is no surprise that in their display this year they selected a very special Mustang – our own Steeda Q450 Enforcer that is equipped with our newest product offering – authentic carbon fiber accessories by Raceskinz® which are available directly from Steeda Autosports. These are actual carbon fiber parts made to the highest standards in the industry – not some cheap imitation parts that will discolor or fail early into their life cycle – these are the real deal – Made in the USA. Raceskinz® brings the “Heat to the Street” as they continue to drop fresh designs and ideas on the new Mustang culture with their unique “SwagTech” design philosophy, which combines aggressive design concepts and high performance! The Raceskinz® product line is manufactured using the highest quality materials and advanced composite tooling processes. You simply cannot find a better line of carbon accessories for your Mustang than what we are presenting here.

This 2013 Q450 Enforcer includes the following exclusive carbon fiber product offerings:

  • Hood Heat Extractors
  • Front splitter with side spoilers
  • Mirror Covers
  • Side Rockers
  • Front upper and lower grill
  • Rear Lower Facia

Suffice to say, the Q450 Enforcer with these authentic Carbon Fiber elements tells everyone looking at it, that indeed there is something very special about this Mustang. The carbon fiber accents add not only accent, but a true racer quality level of carbon fiber parts. Quality – Beauty – Functionality: The Raceskinz® line of carbon fiber parts available directly from Steeda Autosports.

In addition to what you can see on the outside, rest assured that under it’s beautiful skin there is a bevy of performance enhancements that you have come to expect from Steeda Autosports.

The Steeda Q450 Enforcer 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.

So if you are in the Los Angeles area, make sure that you stop in and check out the Galpin Auto Sport display located in the Los Angeles Convention Center’s Kentia Hall and see the Steeda Q450 Enforcer Carbon Edition.

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Introducing: The 2013 Steeda Focus ST

Exhilarating, Responsive, and Refined

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.

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