Modified Mustangs & Fords
Steeda Mustang Track Day - Steeda's Q-Power
Steeda hosts a track day to show off its line of high-performance Ford Mustangs
If you're a Mustang fan, you're probably already familiar with Steeda. Your one-stop source for a full range of aftermarket parts, Steeda has been making Mustangs (and other Blue Oval products) accelerate faster, stop quicker, and corner flatter since 1988. Located in Pompano Beach, Florida, the parts performance company is proud of winning more races, setting more records, selling more parts, and engineering more components than all the other builders combined. What makes Steeda popular with enthusiasts is its wins and records occur with the same parts you can buy from the company's catalog. That means your production vehicle can be capable of genuine, world-class performance. All Steeda components are designed in-house and meet standards that exceed current industry requirements. While prototype components are initially evaluated for effectiveness on the Steeda dyno, the real pass-or-fail tests occur on the track during its active racing program. Once a product is tested under the toughest conditions, it's then made available to you in Steeda's Performance catalog.
As you can imagine, when Steeda announces new performance additions to its product line, it gets everyone's attention. Everything was perfect at Steeda's press conference. Dario Orlando and his staff invited a dozen journalists to an elegant sit-down dinner in Pompano Beach, Florida, where Bob Adams, Steeda's Business Development Manager, explained the new Adaptive Performance Calibration technology and Whipple Gen II supercharger package recently released by the company. The next day a fleet of Mustangs was on hand at Florida's Moroso Raceway for some firsthand driving impressions of the new vehicles. Unfortunately, that's when the level of perfection dropped a bit and Mother Nature let everyone know who was really in charge. After having completed just a few laps on the already wet road course, the rain came down with a vengeance and the testing was done for the day.
Although the product testing portion was a washout, the products themselves were exciting. My two laps in the Mustang Q650 before the rain was quite an experience. Steeda's Glen Vitale, VP of Operations, expertly piloted the car through Moroso's still wet road course with the car's suspension magically straightening the curves and the potent 650hp powerplant making me thankful for the headrests whenever Glen blasted out of the corners. When I commented on the car's performance, Glen confided that this leisurely pace was only about half of the car's potential and he was at least one gear too high in every corner, a prudent approach under the circumstances.
The seamless power stems from the synergy between Steeda's new Adaptive Performance Calibration tuner and Gen II Whipple supercharger. Let's begin with the tuner. Ford's powertrain control module is an extremely sophisticated system that monitors multiple engine sensors and driver inputs to ensure maximum torque when you hit the throttle. For those wanting more performance, there are static tuners on the market that shut down key sensors or falsify sensor input to trick the engine into another level of performance. Unfortunately, this approach can jeopardize the integrity of the engine management system and can lead to expensive noises since the Ford drive-by-wire engine management system is not known for being aftermarket friendly. In addition, when you change any of the parameters programmed into your static aftermarket tuner-like adding a cold-air intake-you have to reflash to make it work. Steeda's Adaptive Performance Calibration (APC) takes a different approach, thanks to its ability to analyze engine, fuel, and atmospheric parameters about 60 times per second. Unlike other static tuner manufacturers, Steeda benefits from a long association with Ford and has access to Ford's Advance Engineering division. Combining this ultimate connection with its own years of experience with Ford performance products enabled the company to create completely new computer instructions that are guaranteed to be compatible with the factory systems. Their new unit always maintains the engine at peak horsepower, instantly adjusting for variations in everything from octane to ambient air, all done on-the-fly. Designed for 4.6L V-8 manual transmission Mustangs built from 2007, the APC also reacts to upgrades without the need to reflash, instantly adjusting to the new cold-air induction system you add today, the exhaust changes that you make next month, or the supercharger you get as a birthday present. Its functions are fully automatic and controlled by only one input source, reacting directly to how heavy your foot is on the accelerator. More importantly, the computer automatically determines the maximum amount of horsepower and torque your engine can safely deliver while ensuring that levels never exceed the capacity of your fuel pump, injectors, mass air meter, or cooling system. The $399 calibration will add approximately 100 hp to your normally aspirated engine with future calibration updates handled via a removable memory card. How do you get the new upgrade? Send your ECM to Steeda in a prepaid FedEx box and the reflashed ECM will be returned to you within two days.