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Fiesta Rear Shock Brace Review - Matt Binstead

While we sponsor Matt's Time Attack Fiesta, we also wanted him to try out our rear shock tower brace on a non race prepped Fiesta to get his impressions, so he installed one on his girlfriends Fiesta ST:

His response when he sent us the review shows why it's a great and very affordable handling upgrade! At only £139 why not improve your handling with this simple bolt on mod?

"Below is my write up about the rear strut tower brace. I've been totally honest about the product as I am with everything else and I am thoroughly impressed with how it fits and performed.

I've given a few local lads a test drive with the brace fitted and they both said it really stiffened up the rear of the car and made it feel more connected!".....



Matt Binstead Steeda Fiesta Rear Shock Tower Brace Review


 
On opening the box I was first amazed at the quality of the rear shock tower brace, the welding on the all pieces was clean and consistent and the powder coating was flawless. It really began to fill me with confidence before I had even fitted it! 
 
After reading the instructions the installation was simple and easy to follow taking 30 minutes maximum. Following the photo guide carefully I firstly swapped out the standard dampening bolts for the longer items in the fitting kit and then installed the spacers on top of the fixed nuts to ensure a strong and sturdy fit without compromising the structural rigidity of the rear damper mounting points. 

Steeda Fiesta Rear Shock Brace review install pic 1


I then followed the same steps for the drivers side (Note: the drivers side only requires one spacer as there is a factory brace already providing correct spacing). Then I trimmed and refitted the carpet around the new mounting points to attain a clean and OEM looking fit. I then bolted the brace down torqueing the nuts to the correct specs and went out for a test drive. 

Steeda Fiesta Rear Shock Brace review install 2


First impressions 

Under braking in a straight line the car is much more stable, there is much less squirming and the car feels much more planted to the tarmac even under heavy braking situations. It really gives a more positive and confident feel through the weight transfer phase and makes sure maximum tyre contact is kept to the ground.  
When turning into corners and sharp bends the body roll feels more in tune with the rest of the chassis and there is no feel of looseness or the car rolling at its own speed. It feels directly proportional to drivers input meaning that I can safely push harder through the twists and turns without worrying that the back end could oversteer without me making it do so. 

To summarise my first impressions of the rear tower shock brace are positive, its really stiffened up the rear body roll and has made the chassis feel that little bit more connected front to back and side to side under braking and turn in.  It really gave myself a better feel for the chassis and it felt that it was more in tune with my inputs rather than reacting to the scenarios as it wanted. 
 
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to improve the rear end feel of their car especially for tight twisty roads where the really want to maximise the full potential of their driving style and chassis without compromising the cars functionality.  

Steeda Fiesta Rear Shock Brace review final install


Two things we'd add to Matt's review:

1. Once installed the shock tower brace is super easily removable. Just undo the top nuts and pop it off (if you need to carry big stuff in the boot for example) and when you are done load lugging, just pop it back on and re-tighten the nuts!


You can now benefit from a Steeda 555-5753 Focus Rear Shock Tower Brace if you are a mk3 Focus ST / RS owner as well... Order here!

You can follow Matts exploits in Time Attack UK and also on his Instagram @MattbinsteadRacing   and Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/mattbinsteadracing

Keep adding to the Steeda podiums Matt and thanks for the great review!

And Because Race Car, here is a pic of Matt in action!


Steeda Sponsors Time Attack Racer Matt Binstead




Created On  7 Sep 2018 12:00 in ProductsNewsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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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


Created On  6 Aug 2018 16:20 in Feature CarNews  -  Permalink
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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



Created On  4 Jun 2018 16:58 in NewsFeature Car  -  Permalink
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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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iNews- The Q500 finds another fan! + Q500 Dyno Run testing

A great review from iNews!

READ THE REVIEW HERE:

Highlights:

"It immediately feels more focused and connected, although the ride is also better at dealing with rough roads. It’s more incisive, has lots more grip, and the extra sharpness of the steering is also welcome."

"Chuck in an exhaust system that’s pure Bullitt and you’ve a fully-honed sports car that’s a world away from a regular Mustang. It feels like Porsche’s given it the once-over and perfected it into something more eager, agile and immediate, "




We also took the Q500 down to our Friends and approved Steeda installers Perfect Touch for a couple of dyno runs and have set up a
STEEDA DYNO SHOOT OUT DAY on Saturday June 23rd (9am til 4pm)

Contact Perfect Touch at Unit 1 Hannah Nursery, Sewardstone Road, London, E4 7RG, to book your slot on the day.

Tel: 01992 443900  

ONLY 10 dynoslots available. £60 for a couple of pulls and we can arrange Steeda installs with before and after dynos on the day in advance. (eg CAI install or catback etc)

See below for our vid of our runs, and get down and see what YOUR fast Ford can do!



Created On  17 May 2018 22:13 in NewsEvents  -  Permalink
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Pistonheads - Another cracking Q500 Review!

Well Pistonheads, the UKs premier car enthusiast discussion forum and website, just published their review of the Q500 and they love it as well.

"there can be little doubt the Q500 is a world away from a normal 5.0-litre model in terms of eagerness, agility and immediacy. It's not flighty or edgy, rather a vast improvement that makes the Enforcer immensely more satisfying to drive"

You can read the full review here:

Pistonheads Q500 Enforcer First Drive

And feel free to add to the comments with your good (hopefully!) Steeda experiences!





Created On  25 Apr 2018 10:22 in NewsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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