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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Steeda Renews ISO Certification – Customers Benefit

Most people do not realize it, but every time they purchase a Steeda manufactured part, they are purchasing performance parts that have been designed, engineered, and manufactured under strict certification standards – ISO 9001:2008. Today in the aftermarket, Steeda Autosports stands alone as being the only Ford performance based aftermarket manufacturer that is committed to the ultimate quality in everything we do – and by being ISO Certified, you are GUARANTEED that our products are designed, engineered, and manufactured to the highest quality standard today.

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Some may not fully understand what ISO 9001:2008 Certification is and what it involves – but there is a definite reason why we stand alone in the Ford aftermarket business as the only manufacturer fully committed to providing our customers a truly quality product that they can fully trust. Achieving ISO Certification requires an unsurpassed quality level, an inordinate amount of time and financial commitment, as well as a dedication by EVERYONE at Steeda to perform at the highest quality level possible in everything they do.

BEWARE – Some companies will say that they are “ISO Compliant” – but in reality, there simply is no such thing and they are trying to confuse and defraud you. Whenever a company promotes themselves as being ISO Compliant, they are merely saying that they “believe” they meet the standards of ISO and are attempting to defraud you into thinking that they ISO Certified. Bottom Line: You are either ISO Certified or you are not….and Steeda Autosport is !!! The formal ISO Certification Process involves not only internal standards and auditing practices, but also involves a 3rd party organization who ongoing formally reviews your ISO Quality System and Guidelines and they independently CERTIFY that you meet the strict set of standards, insuring the highest level of quality and operational standards for the consumer.

For those that desire a bit more information about ISO Certifications, please take a few minutes and read the following detailed summary we have created that provides some insight into the strict nature of the certification process and the true benefits that every customer of Steeda Autosports receives:

What is ISO 9001?

Quality is something every company strives for and is often times, the highest quality level is very difficult to achieve and maintain. Complications concerning operating efficiency and product quality present themselves everyday in business, and oftentimes many companies take the easiest or less costly path – overlooking quality and customers best interest in the process. How can a company increase the quality of its products and services they provide? The answer is ISO 9001. As standards go, ISO 9001 is one of the most widely recognized in the world and is a quality management standard that presents guidelines intended to increase customer satisfaction and business efficiency. The goal of ISO 9001 is to embed a quality management system within an organization, ensuring a level of quality processes and products, and increase productivity.

How does ISO 9001 work?

ISO 9001 is set up as a collection of guidelines that help a company establish, maintain, and improve an integrated quality management system.
One important aspect of ISO 9001 is its process-oriented approach. Instead of looking at a company’s departments and individual processes, ISO 9001 requires that a company look at “the big picture” and how do these processes interact, integrate, and the level of quality that is inherent in their production. Once this process-oriented approach is implemented, various audits are done as a check of the effectiveness of their quality management system.

An independent certification body comes into an organization and evaluates it in terms of the ISO 9001 guidelines. If an organization meets the requirements of the standard, it becomes CERTIFIED in ISO 9001 and carries a seal of quality that is recognized throughout the world.

Why is ISO 9001 important?

The importance of ISO 9001 is directly related to the importance of quality. With ISO 9001, an organization can quickly identify the root of any quality issues or problems, and therefore expeditiously find an appropriate solution. This is where a consumer benefits because ISO has the customer as it’s primary focus and ensures that quality is always the key driving factor.

Correcting Issues at Their Root Cause

When problem solving, it is important to find the cause of problem in order to develop a solution. Sometimes, the most obvious cause is not the right one. This is why ISO 9001 stresses the importance of finding the root cause(s) of a problem very quickly in the process. There may be multiple, subtle reasons why a process isn’t working correctly, and finding the actual causes will lead a company one step closer to a solution and implementation of corrective actions ensuring the utmost of quality. The goal of finding root causes is to improve the way problems are managed. Becoming adept in recognizing the root causes of a problem will lead to a reduced impact, a containment of error, and the prevention of recurrence. Identifying and correcting root causes will also lead to the reduction of unnecessary efforts which in turn will lower the cost of maintaining quality. As more and more corrective actions are taken, processes will become more stable, and continual quality improvement will face less interruptions.

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Introducing: Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca

Power and Performance Redefined

Steeda Autosports has a long tradition of building beautiful, fast, and superior handling automobiles. When Ford Motor Company debuted the 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca and proclaimed that their road racing legend has returned – we naturally rose to the challenge and wanted to improve upon its already great handling and performance characteristics. At the 2012 SEMA Show in the Nitto Tire display we showcased the latest in our comprehensive line of Steeda serialized vehicles – the Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca which set yet another benchmark for all-around street and track performance.

Essentially took the best handling vehicle that Ford Motor Company makes today, tested it at the track, and then rolled it into our speed shop for a “Steeda makeover” and then went back to the track to fully test our modifications and upgrades. Suffice to say – we made the Boss 302 Laguna Seca performance substantially better, without sacrificing it’s ride qualities or NVH. All of the improvements we made contributed to enhancing it’s driving/handling dynamics are all tied to the various advanced suspension technologies that we currently offer – technologies that are all track tested under grueling the most race conditions so that they are guaranteed to perform exactly as designed without failure. All of these suspension components are available today for a wide variety of Mustangs.

Modifications that were part of the Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca included

  • Steeda Watts Linkage Kit
  • Steeda Adjustable Coil Over Suspension System
  • Steeda/Tokico D-Spec Shocks and Struts
  • Steeda Adjustable Upper 3rd Link
  • Steeda Billet Lower Trailing Arms
  • Steeda Lower Trailing Arm Relocation Brackets
  • Steeda X11 Ball Joints
  • Steeda Bumpsteer Kit
  • Steeda Adjustable Rear Swaybar
  • Steeda Competition Front Swaybar
  • Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter
  • Steeda Rear Shifter Bracket Bushing
  • Steeda “5.0” Billet Oil Separator
  • Steeda Pro-Flow Boss 302 Cold Air Intake Kit
  • Steeda Custom Boss 302 Powertrain Calibration
  • Steeda Axle Back Exhaust System
  • Steeda High Output Ignition Coils
  • Steeda Rear 13” Slotted Brake upgrade kit
  • HRE P44SC Monoblok 20×9.5 front and 20×11 billet aluminum wheels
  • Nitto NT05 Performance Tires (275/35ZR20 front, 315/35ZR20 rear)

Steeda Autosport manufactures a complete line of Steeda Certified vehicles – including Mustang V6, Mustang GT, Boss 302, and GT500 models – each of which provide enhance driving dynamics and performance. For more information visit www.steeda.com/vehicles or call 954-629-1233 for information on the Steeda Certified Dealer in your area where you can get your own Steeda Certified vehicle.

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Mark Your Calendar – 2013 Camp Steeda Driving Event

Steeda Autosports and Hooked On Driving are teaming up on April 20th and 21st 2013 to bring you the famous Camp Steeda driving experience at Palm Beach International Raceway.

Camp Steeda

This 2 day event has been voted one of our favorite yearly events by Steeda customers and this year promises to be yet another exciting and successful event. Boasting an 11-turn, 2.034-mile track design that is FIA Grade II certified, Palm Beach International Raceway’s state-of-the-art road course features fast, challenging corners and long straightaways sure to put a smile on both entry level and experienced racers alike.

To Register For The Event, Click Here

Event participants can receive professional instruction on how to enhance their driving abilities and vehicle performance capabilities. A complete weekend of pure automotive excitement and fun for everyone.

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Mark Your Calendars – The 2013 Pony Wars Are Coming!

Every spring Steeda Autosports and LSR Performance turn South Georgia Motorsports Park into a battleground for the annual Pony Wars event. This year will be no different, as the best of the best from Ford, GM, and Mopar all converge together for one of the hottest events of the year – The Pony Wars. This year the date for the Pony Wars is set for Saturday, February 9th, 2013 – so mark your calendar and get ready – it will be here before you know it.

2013 Pony Wars

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. Additionally, a full day of drag racing, and other festivities, there will also be a car show – so there is something for every one at the Annual Pony Wars event hosted by Steeda Autosports and LSR Performance….February 9th will be here before you know it !

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