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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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Steeda UK Guides - Track Day Tips - PT2

Read Part ONE HERE

An open face helmet is fine in a closed car (e,g, Focus or Mustang Coupe).
It helps you keep cool & talk to your passengers/instructor.

Pictured below is a Sparco open face, FIA certified helmet that will future proof you if you decide to start competing later on...

 
Step 2: Driver Prep


This is fairly simple. Make sure you bring your licence, and if required a helmet. You can usually hire one at most tracks if you want too. If you are concerned about your car, Track Day Insurance by companies like REIS can help. Also remember to wear comfortable breathable clothes with long sleeves and full length trousers, plus good comfortable driving shoes. Driving gloves can also be a good investment as they are cheap and can give you a very secure grip on the wheel even with your palms sweating away and your heart pounding!

The real important prep is too relax, and have fun. LISTEN to your track day organisers and marshals. They are there to make sure you stay safe, and have fun.
There is no pressure on you to set lap records, or go full speed on lap one. You have all day. Also remember to eat and drink, especially drink, as it can be hot work!

A real help for driver prep is instruction. Nearly all track days will offer instructor hire on the day, and you can try and pre-book a session. Its a great way to learn the track and get some basic tips. Even track day regulars can really benefit from a pro helping you... (admit it!)


                                                  


Step 3: Off We Go
(not off the track hopefully)

Once you have signed in, and listened carefully to the safety briefing, then you are ready to go.

At the start of the day everyone is desperate to get out there so there can be a lot of traffic.

NEVER try and start the day like a bat out of hell, laying down a marker to all the other drivers that you are king of the road. Take it easy, learn the track, shake down your car, see what other cars are out there, and who is potentially very fast (so you can keep an eye on your mirrors).

Remember ITS NOT A RACE. in the UK Track Days do NOT allow overtaking under braking (i.e into a bend) or at a corner.

ALL overtaking must be done by consent on the straights between corners. If someone is faster than you. and its a good chance many people will be REGARDLESS of their car, when you enter the next straight, pull aside from the racing line, (each track will specify which "side" you must overtake on.. so pay attention in the briefing) and indicate to them that they can pass, with a little lift of the accelerator if required as your car might actually be more powerful and quicker on the straights.

Its a common problem for powerful cars to think they are "dominating" the day, because every time a straight arrives they can plant the throttle and shoot off into the distance. What they often fail to realise is that as they crawl around the bends or brake 200 metres before everyone else, they are creating a convoy of very frustrated drivers behind them! DON'T BE THAT PERSON!

There is no shame in letting drivers go past. Even if your car has 300 hp more than everyone else. ITS NOT A RACE. You find your own pace, and with practice and experience (and instruction) you will get quicker and quicker, and soon you may well be "dominating" the day and lapping everyone in sight. But let that day arrive naturally....

Also remember DRIVE IN SHORT STINTS! If there is a slower driver in front of you or a lot of traffic dont curse and get frustrated, just use it as an opportunity for a cool down / coasting lap, and then go "hot" again when you have a nice gap in front of you. If you have a lot of traffic on the track, then cool down lap, and come into the pits for a drink and go back out in 5 - 10 minutes when hopefully a lot of cars will have pitted. Pick when you leave the pit lane to allow a nice clear bit of track.

KEEP CHECKING your car during the day. Are the tyres OK? Are your brakes OK, is your oil level OK? DO NOT use the handbrake when coming back into the pits as red hot discs plus handbrake does not mix and can damage your brakes. Also check your wheel nuts are tight. Wheels falling off at 100mph are bad.
Do not be afraid to ask for advice from your fellow track goers and organisers.

Remember SpeedMatters!  But more important is:


SAFETY

Motorsport is potentially dangerous. No one wants it to be, but driving one ton + machines at high speed is inherently risky. 

The organisers of the day and the marshals are there to help lookout for you and keep you safe, but it is YOUR responsibility to look out for yourself and your passengers.

Dont get angry with other drivers. Just let them past or if they are blocking you, pit or slow down to let them get out of your way. If you see a driver behaving poorly, report them to the organiser or marshall, as they want a good day for everyone. Dont try and "teach them a lesson" on track. If on track behaviour is poor and the organisers don't deal with it, dont use that organiser again in the future.

LOOK OUT FOR MARSHALLS. They will wave flags and alert you if things have happened on track. Keep your wits about you. Focus on the track at all times. no playing with cameras / stereos / etc on track.

If you are tired or thirsty pull in to the pits. There can be a HUGE shot of adrenaline initially on track and when this wears off there can be a real wave of exhaustion that sets in. This can really impact you on your drive home or at the end of a long track day, so be careful.

You will have spent the whole day driving really fast, but remember when you LEAVE the track you are back in the real world. Drive safely and at the speed limit. This can seem like slow motion after a day on track, but stay safe! Not to mention speeding fines are a bad end to a great day!

                                                                   

This is in no way a definitive guide. Add your comments if you think we should add anything.

While it might be intimidating at first, track days should be a fun and safe way to enjoy your car. We highly recommend them and invite you to join us on Steeda UK run days. We'd love to meet you!

NEVER RACE ON THE ROAD.



Created On  21 Jul 2017 12:21 in Steeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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Collectors Unicorn Exhaust for Focus RS / ST mk2!

One thing we love at Steeda is our customers. One of our many great customers is Allan Wilkinson. Allan's industry credentials are a "whose who" of the motor industry having forged a reputation as one of the world’s top car design engineers, and he has worked for BMW, Jaguar and Toyota, as well being ex Ford Racing chief engineer and Ford icon via his legendary 1974 Escort Mexico advert from days of yore!

Not one to stand still Allan moved onto the Mk2 Focus RS 500. He started by recreating the epic Mexico advert (minus the awesome suit):



           

More importantly  Allan also went on to create a bespoke one off Focus RS high performance exhaust, made to his specification by the factory. When he told us about it, and the fact it was just sitting in his garage gathering dust we knew one of the many Ford Focus RS fans out there would want a unique and one off piece of Ford history on their own car. 

The exhaust is a one off big bore design from front to back, designed to look stock but offer greatly enhanced performance. It will be for sale via auction on Ebay HERE-CLICK HERE FOR AUCTION LINK

NOTE The car will also fit Focus ST mk2 as well, especially good for the many "upgunned" STs out there, but we think this amazing one off find is perfect for an RS500 owner who wants to keep theirs "all Ford" but add a one off bit of history to it as well.

The proceeds will of course be going to Allan to help fund development on his new Fast Ford, an S550 Mustang GT, which he has already started tweaking. being a man in the know, he has of course chosen Steeda parts to adorn his new pony car. 

  


On to the exhaust in question:

Allan wanted maximum performance, which is only to be expected from a motorsport chief engineer, so he went for a big bore system for reduced back pressure and optimal turbo performance. As a race engineer too, he threw out the cat, but designed a unique under floor cat housing that houses a resonator which can easily be swapped out for a stock cat should you need one for MOT purposes etc.

Not only that but Allan had identified and solved the issue with bolts working their way loose on Focus RS exhaust systems, and his design eliminates this frequent and aggravating problem. Some highlights below from the design documents, which the winning bidder will get e-copies of along with the system itself.

Back pressure figures:
68KPa - Focus RS- stock system
92Kpa - Focus RS 500 - stock system = Increase in EBP causes power loss
46KPa -AW design system - Reduced EBP enables an increase in power of up to 50BHP

Allan's design also addressed how the exhaust sounds:

Base Line
F
ocus RS 500 - The high Tail Pipe frequencies cause a so called 'Rush-Noise' (a muffled blowing noise) = Increase in 'Rush-Noise'
AW Designed system-  Reduction in 'Rush-Noise' - The high frequency noise content is reduced by the 3 additional resonators, contained within the system, converting the Tail Pipe 'Rush-Noise' into a more sporty low frequency 'bark/roar'.

PIC of a back box Prototype showing resonator design plus a copy of the one of the original design schematics







Pic of the Under Floor Cat Housing design:



The Big Bore Down Pipe





Appearance wise the system looks almost stock, but the eagle eyes will spot the larger bore, and of course when the engine is fired up they will hear the difference!

So.

If you want to own a piece of Focus RS history, designed by a Ford legend as well as fitting your car with a UNIQUE ONE OFF FORD MADE exhaust system, AND support Louise Cook in her Ford WRC endeavours then bid away!

Good luck!!!!

NOTE this is not a "used" system. It was fitted to a car once for dyno proving of the design, but since then has been unused.

Terms:
This sale is between the buyer and Allan, Steeda UK are just hosting the sale as a favour for one of our customers and because it sounded like such a cool thing, we thought it was a crime to leave it hidden in a garage. We have no connection to the system on sale, and will not warranty or guarantee the sale or item in question. All information is given in good faith as received from Allan.



Created On  9 Jul 2017 23:25 in NewsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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