Steeda Based in Pompano Beach, Florida
, Dario Orlando founded Steeda Autosports in 1988 using his years of experience repairing and racing cars. Steeda is one of the largest manufacturers of Ford aftermarket performance parts. Originally a simple Ford-based racing team, they introduced the first "Steeda GT" in 1998. The Steeda GT was a low-production car with mostly handling and braking upgrades, including "Steeda Ultralite" wheels, which were nothing more than repackaged Konig Villains. A cold-air kit, underdrive pulleys, rear wing, "Sidewinder" custom side stripes, and some minor computer tuning added slightly over $5500 to the price of a Standard Mustang GT. 2002 Steeda Mustang GT In 2000, prior to the introduction of the Q400, the Steeda GT was given the front splitter, which helped keep the newer New Edge Mustangs planted on the ground, and became a popular aftermarket addition. This remained the only offering from Steeda through the 2002 model year. In 2003 Steeda introduced the Q400, based on the Mustang GT with an advertised 400 hp (298 kW). The 4.6L V8 in the Q400 was modified with a Vortech (or Paxton) centrifugal supercharger, K&N Filter, Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP)70 mm throttle body, and a HD aluminum radiator. Fuel is supplied via twin Bosch pumps, and Steeda-spec Borla 2.5-inch (64 mm) stainless pipes and mufflers. Motor Trend magazine did a dynamometer test on the Q400. Their Q400 had produced 425 hp (317 kW) from the rear wheels, and 450 hp (335 kW) from the flywheel. In 2006, Steeda introduced Q525. It comes equipped with a 5.0L modular V8, producing 500 hp (373 kW) and 530 ft·lbf (719 Nm) of torque, thanks to a Steeda/MagnaCharger supercharger system with an intercooler, a 62 mm twin-bore throttle body, a Steeda/SCT air meter, 60 lb (27 kg) electronic fuel injectors and a Steeda Intake Kit.