2002 Steeda Focus Day!

July 14, 2002 9:01 pm

Steeda Autosports supports the Ford Focus enthusiast, and Steeda’s First annual “Focus Day” marks the start of another Steeda tradition. Over thirty-five custom Foci converged on the Steeda Pompano Beach headquarters for a day of Dyno runs, demos and more than just a little showing off.

The event started early with the first arrivals showing up at eight thirty in the morning to make sure that they made it to the Dyno before the south Florida sun turned up the heat. With the first Dyno pull at nine o’clock the HP numbers really started to climb. Most of the Foci pulled around a 115 to one 130 horsepower. James Evans quickly put it into a new class when he pulled a 195 horsepower average and a 199 peak with 195 foot pounds of torque with his turbo-charged ZX3, the most horsepower made all day. Dave won the best over-all in class and was awarded a Steeda Tri/Ax F Shifter for his efforts.

As the day warmed up Steeda’s engineering assistant Scott Boda, gave several demos on how to install a wide variety of performance parts. The first install was a strut tower brace and everyone watching was amazed at how easy it was as he bolted it on in under fifteen minutes. Then a small break and Scott was off again. With little more than his trusty screwdriver he proceeded to pull out a stock air intake and put in Steeda’s custom cold air intake. One guy said “damn, if I had known it was that easy I would have done it months ago” referring to the cold air intake installation. Dan Carlson Steeda’s lead engineer stepped out to assist Scott with the install of the Tri-Ax/F. Dan explained the advantages of the Tri-Ax/F over other short thow shifters while Scott installed it on a customers ZX3.

With over thirty-five custom Foci here at the Steeda compound there was eye candy galore. From specialized front grills to complete interior mods, the Focus is really becoming a fully personalized vehicle. Fred Albuquerqy was way out in front with his JBL sponsored Focus ZX3. The sound system was still under construction but with three pairs of mids and highs up front and four twelves in the back he is off to a great start. The Sony Play Station II and three in car monitors really put him over the top.

The people’s choice for hottest Focus was Art Littman’s super styled Steeda Focus. Art has been a big supporter of Steeda Autosports ever since he bought his 2001 serialized Focus. Art has gone about personalizing it with some hot vinyl graphics and performance parts. This Focus has it all from horsepower to style. The award for farthest traveled went to Donovan Martio, he drove up to Gainsville to run an errand and then back here just to make the show!

Scott closed out the day with our Nitrous Express Steeda Focus demo. Running on the Dyno in the extreme heat of south Florida, our Focus made 119.5 horsepower and 123.4 ftlb baseline. We put in a 75 shot of nitrous and that number jumped to 181.4 and an awesome 219.7 foot pounds of torque. We had hoped to get 15 more hp out of it but Nitrous Express said we needed to put in non-platinum plugs and re-gap the plugs to 35 thousandths to get the last 15 horsepower. We are sure that we will once we give this a try. Scott Boda says even with a only 60 horse gain “it’s the most bang for your buck and just awesome power at the flip of a switch!”

Steeda Autosports would like to thank all the Focus enthusiasts that attended our event. We encourage any input on how we can make next years event even better!

Thank you from all of us at Steeda Autosports