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Feature Car - Owen's Drag Supercharged GT Mustang

As you may have seem from our various other blog posts the Mustang has a long and storied history on the drag strip a well as the race track, a legend that continues today, with the Steeda Silver Bullet setting World Records regularly, as a 2018 model 10 speed auto with NO forced induction, and here in Europe, with 2 Steeda customers, Richard and Owen taking TWO of the top four positions at Santa Pods' Run What Ya Bring Championship, including the win.

Here is a feature on Owen's car, which looks fairly standard from the outside, but regularly puts the smackdown on unsuspecting rivals at Santa Pod!

Owen Mustang GT at Santa Pod Drag Strip



Owens weapon of choice is a 2017 5.0 GT, with power duties being generated by a Roush 2.3 litre supercharger with 80 mm pulley, phase 2 kit with 1000cc injectors, and uprated fuel pump.

To help vent all that angry exploding petrol he has chosen a set of  Kooks long tube headers, finished off at the back with a Borla s type exhaust, and custom mapping of engine and auto transmission by VMP performance of Florida,

Dyno day saw a nice 800 bhp at the flywheel translating to about 700rwhp. with 856nm torque twisting the wheels. to help add some more spice he has fitted a Wizards of Nos fully programmable nitrous system for upto around 250 bhp of extra go, only used around 60/70% of that in 3rd/4th and as little as 25% in 1st/2nd gears. Anything else is secret and the mapping for the nitrous delivery was done personally by Owen and has taken around 50 odd passes to get right.  

To help deal with all that raw force, Owen has fitted a Ford Performance diff with traction lock lsd, a  3.55 gear set, and  Ford Performance one piece half shafts,

To put down that power through the tyres he has chosen to use a full Steeda "Stop the Hop" kit including sub frame alignment braces. Standard 19” wheels with Mickey Thompson 185/35 street ss/et radials for the strip, Michelin pilot sport 4s for street use. Owen told us that once he added the Stop the Hop pack he noticed a radical improvement in how the car behaved pulling away from the line.

Owen Steeda equipped GT at Santa Pod

Other suspension mods include Eibach anti roll bars front and back, Ford Performance suspension all round.

Owen tells us there are other mods planned over the winter of 2018 and he is confident that they will make the car even faster,

Remember that this car is a full weight factory interior car that’s driven every day in all weather and traffic conditions that has done 26,000 miles in 16 months without ever missing a beat and has no more maintenance than fresh oil, filters and regular services every 5,000 miles, she runs on nothing other than either momentum 99 or VPower, I use an octane booster for safe running with the nitrous when racing and that’s it. I guarantee she’ll run under 10.5 seconds in 2019 and with 60 ft times of 1.6 seconds I’m guessing at 0-60 of well under 3 secs.  Go Owen!

Owen's car may be somewhat of a sleeper but his racing stripes and custom rear deck, plus nice personal plate make sure that once you recognise it,you'll know that's one bad pony!

Owen customised rear deck

Good luck in the 2019 season Owen! We know that the 2018 Champion, David Kinghorn in another Steeda equipped Mustang will be back to try and defend his title too. Let's hope we can secure BOTH the top 2 positions next year! Or if anyone else wants to join the fun, perhaps an all Steeda Mustang podium can be achieved? Who wants to step up to the job?

You can find out more about the Run What Ya Bring Championship at the Santa Pod website HERE

And if you want to learn how to generate smoke as effectively as Own then perhaps take a look at our Line Lock Academy video below! Did you know that Line Lock is a built in feature of the S550 Mustang allowing controlled burnouts with ease?

Owen burnout smoke screen Mustang GT


LINE LOCK ACADEMY WITH STEEDA UK





If you want to see what your Mustang can do, join us at our next Steeda Driving Experience - on June 28th 2019

And if you hit the strip, whether for fun or for serious competition then remember to post up your times and stats on our EU DRAG BOARD

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AUTO IN - Steeda Dealer for Czech Republic- Customer Whipple Build

Our friends at Auto IN have been busy creating more killer Mustangs, and one lucky customer has been made very happy driving this gorgeous race red beast!

Auto IN Ford - Steeda performance Mustang build

The customer wanted supercharged power, so we provided a Whipple 2.9L monster for them, and of course the Auto IN Team knew that power was nothing without Steeda suspension and chassis enhancements to help control it.

Whipple MUstang GT core pre assembled at Auto IN


Ready to go in: Clear some space!

Whipple kit ready to install - AUTO IN Steeda

As you can see the customer added a good few extras for the install, including the full polished finish, improved radiator with dual fans, an ATI superdamper pulley and more. 
CONTACT US if you want advice for your big project!




Steeda HD Engine Mounts were a must for the install and allowed comfortable fitment of a Ford GT350 Strut Tower Brace.

Now the heart of the beast was in, Steeda was ready to make it both safe and utilisable!

A full package of Steeda "Stop the Hop" essentials, IRS bushes and braces,was combined with Steeda Pro Action shocks and a set of Steeda Performance Lowering springs for the ultimate stance and handling ability, as well as the traction to put down all that raw power!

Up front a Steeda G Trac K member Brace helps keep things together and give improved steering feel and cornering accuracy.

        

You can see from the side by side photos sent by chief auto IN performance tech Vojtech Chaura, just how feeble the OEM vertical links are when compared to the Steeda ones. This is what allows a lot of the flex that can lead to wheel hop and reduced traction. Thanks for the great pics!

         


Once installed the car benefitted from a full 4 wheel alignment, an essential after serious suspension work, and also a run on the dyno.

AUTO IN Mustang alignment

Looks-wise the car maintains a fairly stock appearance with straight race red paint, and stock wheels spaced out to fill the arches and shod of course with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. However a rear spoiler and scoop equipped bonnet add to the aggression and give a hint as to what lies beneath! Also Wilwood brake upgrade front and rear adds more meat in the back with the nice dual calliper setup.

Auto In Czech republic Mustang Whipple Steeda





Coupled with a Remus exhaust for the soundtrack the customer is having a BLAST!

Vojta from AUTO IN says:

"The car is amazing. Driving ability 90km / h = 190km / h, difference in overload only. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires for daily driving."


Finished tuned Steeda mustang at Auto IN Czech republic

If you want to contact AUTO IN for work on your Mustang or performance Ford:

AUTO IN s.r.o., Czech Republic

Poděbradská 292

530 09  Pardubice

Tel: (+420) 469 775 075      Email: autoinperformance@autoin.cz


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Q500 Final Review - NOW FOR SALE!

Another day, another amazing review of the Steeda Q500 Enforcer! https://carwitter.com/2018/08/03/steeda-q500-mustang-review/

This time from UK Blog awards "Automotive blog of the year" winner 2017 and "Business blog of the year" winner 2018, CARWITTER

Adam from Carwitter gives the car a thorough write up starting with his pre Q500 Mustang experiences and accompanies the story with some lovely pics courtesy of the very talented Olgun Kordal (you can see even more including a cheeky encounter with the police on the Carwitter Twitter account)



We want you to read the review but here are a few highlights... Suffice it to say Adam loved the car...

"Incredible is the only word to describe how flat the Q500 stays when being threaded through a corner. "

"
That Kooks exhaust sounds pretty incredible too...It sounds epic at idle; it has that low burble you associate with American V8’s. Let it hit the red line before changing up, and the growl turns into how I can only imagine taking off in a B17 Flying Fortress sounds."

"...
this ‘stang is stiffer, feels taughter and can also hold on in the bends like few other rear wheel drive sports cars can.

If you like driving and own a Mustang, you need to seriously think about opting for this suspension setup."






Now that the Q500 enforcer has completed its press and shows tour of duty we are going to offer her up for sale to prepare the ground for the next Steeda UK demo car, the incredible Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustang....

So get in touch to own this frankly AMAZING Mustang GT for an incredible price. But be quick as we dont think she will hang around for long...

With an as new price of around £60,000 including all the options and paint detailing and custom work, we are offering this LESS THAN 1 year old GT with less than 8000 miles on the clock for only £43,000

SPEC: Steeda UK Q500 Enforcer Spec - 2017 GT 5.0- Manual 6 speed - Magnetic Colour  - MILES 8,000 - PRICE £43,000

Q500 Powertrain Upgrades - 480 hp & 475 lb. ft. Torque

Steeda High Flow Cold Air Intake System
Steeda Custom Performance PCM Calibration
Exhaust up-rated to Steeda performance option - Kooks catback with H Pipe 
Steeda Tri Ax Short Shifter
Steeda Oil Separator 
Steeda Clutch Spring 

Q500 Exterior Upgrades

Steeda Exterior Graphic and Badge Package
Steeda Front Chin Splitter
Steeda Aerodynamic Rear Spoiler
Diode Dynamics Rear Side Marker Lights 

Q500 Suspension / Chassis Upgrades

Steeda Front & Rear Roll Bars with Solid Billet Ends
Steeda Billet Aluminium Front Sway Bar Mounts
Steeda Billet Aluminium Rear Sway Bar Mounts
Steeda IRS Subframe Bushing Support System
Steeda IRS Subframe Alignment Kit
Steeda Strut Tower Brace
Steeda Coilover System - fully damping & height adjustable. 
Includes camber adjust front top mounts 
Steeda Billet Rear Shock Mounts 
Steeda Billet Vertical Links 
Steeda Adjustable Rear Toe Links 
Steeda IRS Subframe Brace 
Steeda Front K Member Extreme G-Trac Brace 
Steeda Performance Wheel Alignment

Q500 Interior Upgrades

Steeda Serialized Emblem Plate
Steeda Illuminated Door Sill Plates
Ford GT350R Alcantara Steering Wheel 
Steeda Cue Ball Shift Knob with Steeda billet lock out collar

Wheels

Velgen 20” VMB7 staggered 20 x 9 & 20 x 10.5” wheels MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4S tyres (265/35/20 & 295/35/20)

Custom Styling 

Detail / Paint Protection
Custom Paint Colour coded brake callipers and engine bay by Unique Detail (Dunstable)


Carwitter Steeda Q500 Review

OTHER GREAT REVIEWS:

PISTONHEADS: https://www.pistonheads.com/news/ph-driven/steeda-q500-enforcer-driven/37915

EVO: https://www.evo.co.uk/ford/mustang/21075/ford-mustang-steeda-q500-enforcer-review-a-v8-mustang-with-a-european-attitude

Top Gear: https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/mustang/first-drive


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AUTO IN - Steeda Dealer for Czech Republic Demo Car Build

Auto IN our chosen dealer for the Czech republic impressed us with their know how, and dedication to performance and track work.

They knew they needed to work with the best in the business when it comes to Mustang upgrades so they soon set about updating their demo car.

AUTO IN demo car build S550 Mustang Czech Republic

Auto In Performance Technical specialist Vojtěch Chaura was very sure what was needed for the S550. A complete suspension overhaul!

To give rugged down low looks and a lower centre of gravity Auto IN opted for the Steeda Extreme Drop 2" springs which they combined with our Steeda Pro Action fixed rate shocks.
They added Steeda front and rear roll bars augmented with our billet mounts for great looks and indestructible durability for tough days on track.

            Auto IN custom brake and shock install

Of course they knew that this wasn't enough, the IRS and chassis benefits immensely from Steeda's upgrades and a Steeda full IRS pack, plus front G-Trac K brace was also ready to be installed.

 

PIC ABOVE: Shows Steeda roll bar compared to OEM, with Steeda G Trac K brace above & IRS Subframe braces either side of the exhaust.

Up front Steeda's HD engine mounts helped give the engine increased stability and a strong mount, enabling track kerbs to be ridden without fear and in the back, Steeda Adjustable Rear Camber Arms and Front Camber Plates gave the adjustability their new much lower stance required and a Steeda MT82 tranny bush gave some firmness to the shifter.

Steeda GT S550 Mustang Engine Mount comparison with OEM           Steeda S550 Mustang Rear Camber Arm vs OEM comparison

PIC ABOVE: Shows Steeda HD Engine Mount vs OEM and Steeda Adjustable Rear Camber Arm vs OEM

To add some style but also a reliable grip for track action (where sweaty palms can occur as we are sure many of you know!) a GT350 alcantara clad steering wheel was fitted, and the brake callipers were treated to a custom finish.

Auto IN Czech winter GT350 wheel

Of course once everything was installed, then it was ready to hit the track, something that Auto IN loves to do with its customers. If you are in the Czech Republic, or nearby,  then sign up and join them on their next trip!

Auto IN on track Czech dealer Mustangs


Auto IN at the track Czech Republic Ford specialist


The car is sitting low and mean and the ride is now transformed! As Vojta told us after their first 1000 miles with the new setup:

"The chassis now holds well. Its an aggressive ride without any problems. Controllability super!"

If YOU are based in the Czech Republic or just fancy a trip there and your Fast Ford needs "The Steeda Difference" contact Auto IN.


AUTO IN s.r.o., Czech Republic

Poděbradská 292

530 09  Pardubice

Tel: (+420) 469 775 075      Email: autoinperformance@autoin.cz


To find your local dealers check out our dealer page
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Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang

The release announcement of the latest and in terms of sheer coolness definitely the greatest Steeda special edition Mustang yet.

We are very proud to announce the Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang

Bullitt Steeda McQueen Edition

"Ford’s Mustang has always been a big part of my dad’s legend. I wanted to kick the already strong performance up several notches without losing that essential style that makes this car so desirable.   Less is more.  This Special Edition reflects the lessons my dad ingrained in me about what made his personal cars so desirable.”

Chad McQueen, Professional Racer & Steve McQueen’s only son

 





Too Hot for the Day -- Too Cool for the Night

There’s cool… And there’s Steve McQueen catching air and fishtailing through the streets of San Francisco cool… 

Steve McQueen. Whether on the silver screen or in real life he embodied effortless Cool.

It’s that Twinkle in the eye. A little Swagger. That quiet don’t-mess-with-this-guy-confidence. Nonchalant. Composed. Always calm.

Yet hardwired for action. Friendly. But slightly aloof. Controlled. But with a hint of ready violence lurking nearby.

Steve McQueen was who every little boy wanted to grow up to be.  And every grown man imagined themselves to be.  

The Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang is the car every little boy wants to grow up to drive.  And every grown man imagines in his garage.


STRICTLY LIMITED to 300 units globally / year and based off the Bullitt Mustang (only available during the allocated window from Ford)
This collectors
edition which be one to treasure forever...




Aside from the fact its GORGEOUS sitting on specially created HRE wheels and Steeda's stunningly effective suspension in the legendary Bullitt Highland Green colour this Bullitt will take performance to the next level.... Just as Steve would have wanted....

With numbers low, contact Haynes ASAP to put your order in for a base Bullitt and let them know you want it to become a Steeda McQueen Edition.

Initial SPEC:

Steve McQueen would be proud - Frank Bullitt would be jealous


To check the specs see our Steeda SSV Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition page: HERE



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MY2018 Mustang Launch - So Much Goodness. Ford LISTENS!

Steeda UK were lucky enough to be invited along by our great friends Ford UK to the new MY 18 Mustang press launch at Santa Pod this week.

They were also kind enough to attend our last Steeda Driving Experience and bring along a new MY18 for me to have a go in so we could get a feel for what was coming! OK OK, the US has had it for a while and is setting records already, but we want to see what the fuss is about here as a LOT that the EU edition Mustang S550 initially missed out on has been rectified with is facelift launch....




They also brought along their Ford Heritage Mustang, which is Supercharged, has a bunch of Ford Performance and Steeda parts on it, and also now a cracking set of Velgen Split 5 Wheels, shod of course with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres! With the new wheels and its new look stripes, we all agreed it looked knock out!

So what is the fuss about with the 18 update? Surely it just looks a bit different up front?

Orange Fury Mustang with 5 spoke forge option

Answer: A LOT! Ford has clearly listened to EU and UK market feedback carefully and a number of 'minor' misses which meant a LOT to customers have been rectified; such as:

1. DRL Running Lights!!!! YES!!!! The Tribars finally light up!

2. Hood Vents! Yes we finally have them, and yes they look GOOOD!

3. An exhaust! OK well the old GT had an exhaust, but nobody noticed... this a MUSTANG 5.0 V8 dammit! Now with the active valved quad tip system people will sit up and pay attention! IF you want them to! Good neighbour mode, means you can calm down the V8 thunder when you want.

4. Michelin Tyres as standard! Yes a LOT of people were not impressed by the OEM Pirellis and now things have stepped up by bringing Steeda's chosen tyre partner in Europe on board as the OEM provider! We wholeheartedly agree!



5. RECAROS! Sport seats options at last!

6. A better selection of OEM wheels. OK they are still 19" but at least there are some choices now. We still say a set of Velgens will trump the lot!  8)  - OK perhaps this one was just me? But anyway....


Of course this isn't all, but all of the above directly answers EU customer feedback and we applaud the Blue Oval for taking note and stepping up in a big way!

So what else is new?

7. BULLITT! Ah yeah the Highland Green (and black????) beauty is back in S550 guise, with looks, power, handling and more. This special Edition launches in June for pre order with deliveries beginning towards the end of the year. Perhaps if you can get a friend to order a black one, you can recreate the chase... (just don't tell them before they buy that the black car will lose...and crash and burn). There is a LOT of excitement around the arrival of the Bullitt version.

OK, OK back to the "normal" changes......

8. POWER! The new high tech injection V8 takes thing forward with the magical combo of more power (450bhp or so) AND more MPG! The 2.3 Ecoboost is returned to have a little lower BHP but better torque so better all around performance and eco figures.

9. Transmission upgrades. The auto goes beserk adding 4 MORE cogs to create a 10 speed BEAST! which Steeda has been doing wonders with .. Check our "Silver Bullet " development car in action below: Also the 6 speed manual is upgraded to a twin clutch system and the ratios have been jiggled a bit...





10. MAGNERIDE! Yes the GT350 hyper accurate magnetic, electrically controlled damping system is now a very nice and affordable option. A great starting point for someone who wants a capable comfortable car, 

11. TFT hi tech dash display. Adjustable and sexy. We like it, bringing the Mustang firmly into the 21st century!

12. DRAG MODE! Need we say more?

13. Orange Fury! And more great colours!




14. Gadgets! Doodads like lane assist, auto brake, auto headlights, etc. Things we loved in the Mondeo now make an appearance in the pony car. great! 

15, 16 etc OK there was a load more stuff, but that's the main stuff I can remember! 

IMPRESSIONS OVERALL.

Well Ford has smashed it out of the park. 
The package is (and was!) a great starting point, but now, especially with the exhaust and magneride, someone can drive away thinking, great, no need to get stuck in straight away!

Of course the option to personalise it, style it and to improve performance is still there (just see the silver bullet above!) and we at Steeda are here to help you create your perfect Mustang, but Ford have just given us an even better tool to sharpen! Hats off fellas!







Created On  24 May 2018 20:05 in NewsFeature Car  -  Permalink
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