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2018 Mustang GT Development Full Throttle at Steeda HQ

Steeda are leaving 2017 behind and heading into 2018 fast, over here at Steeda UK with planning and prep for the NEC Autosports show in January and in the US, Steeda HQ are deep into development and planning for the 2018 facelift Mustang.

Two full time development cars have already been purchased and are being meticulously tested, measured and put through their paces.

1. A silver bone stock "plain jane" US Spec GT with the new Auto Box, but with no other additions. This will see how far a few simple bolt ons can take a simple GT with a drag strip & daily driver focus. See below for a video glimpse of our first little test run to the drag strip to back to back our development Pro Flow Cold Air Intake

2. A Red "Performance Pack" GT 6 Speed Manual, which in theory should replicate the EU spec Mustangs and is being used for road and track use.









Make sure you follow the developments AS THEY HAPPEN on Steeda's main FACEBOOK page and via our YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Also let us know which mods you would like to see in development.....




Created On  9 Dec 2017 18:50 in NewsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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Pod Cast with Robbie from Steeda UK- "Start Your Next Adventure"

The guys from Perfect Touch and the "Start Your Next Adventure" Youtube podcast channel were kind enough to invite me along for an episode.

It's long and not about anything in particular apart from loving cars, but I hope you enjoy it..... I certainly did.



Created On  17 Nov 2017 14:16 in NewsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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Steeda Driving Experience- 2 North Weald Airfield Friday 22nd September 2017

Have a blast with Steeda at North Weald Aerodrome! Join us on Friday 22nd September to show off your Ford!
A full day of driving action, giving you the chance to learn how your car handles at the limit.
Unlike a traditional track day, this airfield based days allows you to really push in a "one at a time" driving environment based on a huge open pan with nothing but cones to hit.



No Armco! No other drivers! 

No helmets required, just a driving licence and a willingness to have fun in your car.

The day lasts all day from 9AM (but get there earlier to get your car ready and sign in etc) till 4pm, and we firmly believe its the best fun you can have in your car for the money. Meet your fellow Steeda lovers and Ford owners and jump in each others cars in between your own runs to experience something different too.

Normally the day consists of mastering a high speed bend int he morning, then running a couple of small timed circuits in the afternoon.

Noise limits do apply however, so if you have a super loud car, you probably will be barred!

North Weald is on the M11, one junction up from the M25.

Ticket is for one car slot so feel free to share the drive with your friend. Cost for one slot is £89 inc vat. BOOK YOUR SLOT HERE

If you dont want to drive feel free to come along and hang out and say hello! This should be a relaxed fun day out for everyone. Slots are strictly limited to maximise driving time for everyone so book now while they are available. Buy multiple slots and come along with your friends!

Our first day was a great success. You can read about it and look at some pictures here:

STEEDA DRIVING EXPERIENCE JUNE DAY REPORT

Created On  9 Sep 2017 9:43 in EventsNewsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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Ford Fair 2017 - Post Show Report

Well first thing to say is what a great Ford Fair!

Steeda Ford Fair 2017 Stand

Certainly the biggest yet, and aside from a few issues with entry queuing which hopefully will be improved for next year, the sun did it's best for everyone and put in a good show in between the rest of the Autumn rain!

This pic gives an idea of the hecticosity of the day (is that a word?)
Ford Fair 2017 Premium Trader Avenue!

We had some great cars on stand thanks to Paul and Alex, plus the Steeda Mondeo Sport went down a storm with the Mondeo owners at the show. Caitlyn loved the Mondeo too.. so much she insisted she got in and had pics.... so here you are.

   


We were rushed off our feet all day, and it was great to meet so many people and hear so much great feedback. Hopefully the Focus ST owners club can get a couple of Steeda backed group buys going soon...

Steeda Terry was busy throwing his lense around and we got some cracking pics for everyone.

You can check out our FORD FAIR 2017 Album on our Facebook page : CLICK HERE FOR LINK

You can check out Terry's web Gallery : CLICK HERE FOR LINK

Also Ade Brannan photography was in effect and he also smashed it with some killer pics like this:
His website is HERE




AJ Racing also sponsored by Steeda popped round to say hello and tell us about their 2018 plans with their mk1 Focus. Good luck!



And new UK Facebook based Mustang club Simply Mustangs UK won BEST STAND in their first year at Ford Fair. Well Done Team!!




Also Milltek had their beast of a supercharged and Steeda equipped demo Mustang on their stand and were happy to announce details of their all new fully CANBUS integrated Active GT exhaust. So stay tuned for details and pricing very soon!!

Milltek Demo Mustang at Ford Fair 2017


So all in all, a killer show, and while we were dead by the end of it, we wouldn't miss it for the world! See you next year!

Created On  12 Aug 2017 10:23 in EventsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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Feature Car - Pauls S550 GT Mustang

Steeda UK are launching a new series of feature cars on our "Speed Matters" blog to show the great work some of our customers and distributors are doing with their fast Ford's to inspire you and to share their fantastic cars. If you believe your car can show "the Steeda Difference" get in touch, and maybe your car can feature too.

First up is one of our Ford Fair 2017 show cars, Paul's GT S550 Mustang.




Paul concentrated on getting his car to look the way he imagined it and his journey is nearing completion looks wise. Of course he certainly hasn't ignored performance either, but even there the first things done were those that added to the sound and appearance at the same time, such as the engine bay upgrades featuring Steeda Pro Flow intake and Strut Tower brace, and fabulous quad titanium tipped Milltek exhaust, both improving sounds, looks and performance. Win, win, win!
To optimise all those hardware modifications he added a Steeda "Tunes for Life" tune as well via an SCT X4 handset.








GT350R steering wheel & Steeda Cue Ball Shift Knob



The amazing stance on Pauls car is achieved with some Eibach lowering springs and a gorgeous set of Velgen VMB5s in 19" which sit perfectly and allowed Paul to continue using his OEM tyres for now too.

Now that the car is looking killer Paul is looking to tweak the ride a bit and next on the list is the Steeda IRS base pack.



Paul's top 3 mods?

"For sure the exhaust, the wheels and the clutch spring! It might only be £15 but it transformed the way I drive the car! I couldn't believe it would make such a difference..."


Spec
Performance:

Steeda ProFlow Cold Air Intake
Milltek Quad Titanium Tipped Non Res Exhaust
Steeda "Tunes for Life" tuning + SCT X4 tuner
Eibach lowering springs, 35mm drop all round
Steeda Strut Tower Brace
Velgen Alloys with Steeda Wheel nuts lock pack



Styling:

Eibach Sport line spacers 25mm on front
Roush Rear Valance
Rear lip spoiler
Rear roof spoiler
Side vents
Sequential rear indicators
All lights replaced with Pro LED bulbs
White stitching changed to red
Steeda windscreen decal
Full Stripes with Mustang GT wording on the side panels 3M Metallic Charcoal
Chrome window surrounds wrapped in 3M Metallic Charcoal
Windows tinted 80%
All lenses tinted
Various engine bay parts painted in Ford Race Red

To be fitted:
Rear window vents 
CDC Front Grill with led lights
Steeda IRS Base Pack






Thanks to Paul for being on the stand at Ford Fair and sharing his great car
and to 
Terry Ffrench-Graham Photography &
Ade Brannan Photography for the cracking images! 

Created On  11 Aug 2017 13:51 in Feature CarSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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Steeda UK Guides - Track Day Tips - The Basics

As we are all owners of Fast Fords that love to live up to the Steeda "Speed Matters" motto, some of us might want to escape the traffic hell of public roads and let our cars off the leash a bit on a track day. These are very accessible now, with tracks all over the UK and Europe offering access on Track days and half day or evening sessions.

However, some people can be a little intimidated or confused by the idea of track days, so here is a small "beginners guide" to help you out. Even if you have done a track day or two, we hope this helps a little too. We are talking about Circuit days here rather than drag strip sessions.

THE MAIN THING TO REMEMBER AT ALL TIMES: TRACK DAYS ARE NOT RACES

They are an opportunity to have fun in your car, and take your car (and you as a driver) up to the limits and speeds it is capable of in a safe and legal environment.
Once you have done a few track days and have some experience, you might want to actually race, and there are plenty of ways to start doing this but that's a topic for another blog post! 

You can have a fully modified track car Or a stock / almost stock road car. 

      

There are a couple of different kinds of track days:

1. What I will call "activity days or airfield days" like Steeda's Driving Experience Days which take place on an airfield or circuit or car park / open tarmac area, and which are usually run in a "one car at a time" format, and used to improve your driving skills and get to learn the performance and handling of your car and have fun, usually with little to hit other than a few cones etc.

2. Actual race circuit "track days" for example at Brands Hatch or Snetterton (or indeed the Nurburgring). These involve multiple cars on circuit at the same time, and are more hazardous environments as the track can be surrounded by gravel traps, armco barriers and other things to avoid, plus of course other drivers. As such these days always require the driver and passengers to adhere to minimum safety apparel regulations. This usually means normal cloths that cover up the arms and legs (ie no shorts and T shirts) and a helmet of some kind. I prefer an open face helmet for comfort and to allow conversation with passengers / instructors etc IN A CLOSED ROOF car. In a convertible / open top car a full helmet is recommended.

Track Days often come in 2 formats:
1. OPEN PIT LANE. This basically means a free for all! Drive whenever you want, for however long you want, the choice is yours. This gives you the most freedom of choice.

2. "SESSIONED" track days. This means the organisers of the track day split the day into different sessions and allocate cars to each group. This allows them to have "novice sessions" and "experienced sessions" for example. This is a good option if you are  a rookie and want to make sure you are with drivers of a similar level. It also means a more controlled and predictable day.

Once you have chosen a day and a circuit to go to, then the fun begins. I would always recommend trying to go along with some friends both to share the experience and allow you to rest and passenger with each other and help each other out if needs be! Steeda UK organised days are good  for this or club days and such like. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Blog for opportunities but there are plenty of reputable track day organisers out there. If you find someone good, try and stick with them, as badly organised days can leave a bad taste in your mouth if they tolerate bad driving or overbook and under control.

The Track Day and our Cars

Now that we have learned that track days are NOT RACES. We must also admit that our cars ARE NOT RACE CARS (even if it is painful to do so!)

People worry about wear and tear on track days, but generally it is very minimal and manageable. Massive wear and tear and indeed damage tends to occur due to overheating. This is your main enemy on a track day. However much you have modified your car, unless you have built it specifically for the track (in which case you dont need to read this!) it will be a road going car. This is NOT a bad thing. Temperature is an essential variable for car components. They are designed to work within operational parameters, and a track / race item tends to have a much higher operating temperature range than road parts. This does NOT make them better. Just different.

For example a race / track focussed  brake pad operates at MUCH higher temperatures than road one. This means as you hammer the brakes lap after lap they keep working. BUT when they are cold they dont work at all. This is why race pads are a terrible idea on a road car. They literally wont work at normal minimal braking operating temperatures on the road. Its the same with tyres (which is why F1 drivers frantically weave about before the race starts trying to get heat into the tyres. WITHOUT heat they just dont grip!)

As such I always say HEAT MANAGEMENT is an essential part of track day best practice.

You can go on an Open Pitlane All Day session, and say do 5 sessions where you:

1. Go out for a warm up lap, and sighting lap
2. Hit 4 "hot laps" as hard as you feel comfortable
3. Coast back around for a cool down lap, with minimal throttle and braking (these can often be nearly as fast as your hot laps as you are driving much more smoothly!!)
4. Come into the pits to let the car cool down.

Have a rest drink some water, go for a ride as a passenger with your friends to see what lines they are taking and where thy are braking etc. Especially if they are more experience than you. Then you are ready to go back to step 1

Doing that, you would have done 5 x 6 laps (1 in, 4 "hot" and 1 out / cool down) for a total of 30 laps, and your car will (should) be fine.

BUT if you decided you are Lewis Hamilton and that the track day is the British GP, and your car is race prepped by McLaren, and you decide to hit out 30 laps in 1 session (after all its Open Pit Lane so you can). There is a VERY good chance you will DESTROY your brakes, DESTROY your tyres, and potentially overheat and damage your engine. Not too mention dead brakes and or tyres could mean a loss of control and a crash or incident, none of which counts as "fun". Even you as the driver can suffer from tiredness and poor decision making. Track days are mentally and sometimes physically draining!

The bigger and heavier your car, and the more powerful the truer this is, as they will build heat much faster and put more pressure on the cars systems. So a supercharged Mustang, or high HP Focus RS needs to be doubly careful in this regard.

Now of course you can help mitigate the heat issues with modifications, from the very simple and cheap (and highly recommended) Rad Relief heat management additive through to uprated brake systems, such as our slotted discs set and braided brake lines for Mustangs or Fiesta. Grippy track day tires can help improve times and handling and control heat better. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 is our recommendation BUT the best practice is to keep your runs broken down into small stints. However much you have modified your car, your car and YOU will last the day better if you take it easy and break up the track day into stints. You will get a feel for what is the "perfect stint" for you and your car. 3 Hot laps? 6 Hot laps? But keep it short!

Now that is out of the way, we can talk about how to have fun, and what to remember on the day.

Step 1: Car Prep

A track day isnt a normal days driving. You will be full throttle a lot of the time, and hard braking repeatedly. As such step one should occur BEFORE you set out for your track day. Check your car over, and make sure its in good condition. Is the oil topped up, are the brake pads and discs in acceptable state, are your tyres OK and properly inflated. Check your wheel nuts, especially if changing to a set of track wheels.  Many tracks will only allow in car camera / phone mounts that they regard as adequately safe, and often suction mounts are not allowed. If you want to film make sure you have a bomb proof mount. After all do you want a camera flying loose and smacking you in the face as you try and corner at 90mph? A Full tank of premium fuel is a good idea too as on track your car will GUZZLE that stuff! MPGs can easily hit single digits.....

NOISE!!!

An important part of car prep is understanding that a lot of UK tracks have strict noise limits, and if your car fails the noise test it wont be allowed on track. Even if you pass the static test in the pits, you can still be "black flagged" and thrown off track if you fail the drive by tests while on the circuit. A lot of tracks will allow you to pop in and sound check your car if you are unsure. This is an essential check, as you could find your self wasting a lot of money and time if you book a trackday and then fail sound check. If you have a loud system you can buy baffles etc to tone things down.

The GUIDE CONTINUES in PART 2- CLICK HERE


Created On  21 Jul 2017 12:22 in Steeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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