Ford and SEMA celebrated Mustang’s 40th Birthday at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, this past November 2-5 with the reveal of 15 all new 2005 Mustangs created by the industry’s leading high-performance tuners and specialty manufacturers. Steeda Autosports was very proud to be chosen to participate. The company engineered and developed the 2005 Screamin’ Yellow Q, a road hungry, high performance Mustang that looks as fast standing still as it does at speed.
Working with the Ford Motor Company engineers through the Ford/SEMA Technology Transfer Program, the Steeda was fully calibrated and ready to be driven. All the components of the Q are parts everyone can purchase, not one of a kind concept offerings. Rated at 335 horsepower, the Q was called upon by Ford to participate in the company’s opening press conference, not only on stage, where the Q and Steeda President Dario Orlando were introduced by Greg Smith, Ford Motor Company executive vice president and president, the Americas, but also the drive portion of the program. It was here that Ford executives and members of the press would be able to experience the superior handling and drivability of the 2005 Steeda Screamin’ Yellow Q.
For over two and one half hours the Q performed flawlessly, as Charles Espenlaub, Panoz Driving School instructor and driver of the Steeda production based race car , the famed number 20, turned in lap after lap. The Steeda’s deep throaty exhaust note sent a message that this Steeda Mustang loves to be driven and hard. The new Nitto tires were more than up to the task as even the most ardent drifting enthusiast was impressed by the Q and it’s excellent drifting characteristics. Ford executives like Chris Theodore, vice president, Advanced Product Creation were impressed with the power and excellent handling of the Steeda Q. They also praised the clean, performance oriented styling of the latest Q Mustang from Steeda, as it enhances the bold styling of the all new 2005 Mustang. Dario Orlando stated when asked about the new Steeda Q 335, ” We are a performance company and that is exactly how we engineer, design and build our Mustangs and indeed all of our Steeda performance components”.
Later in the week the Screamin’ Yellow Q was showcased at Ford Motor Company Mustang 40th Celebration Party where the Beach Boys were the featured attraction and highlight of the evening’s activities. The affair demonstrated just how well the Ford Motor Company understands and has embraced the aftermarket. Steeda Autosports appreciates this fact and appreciates its opportunity to work closely with Ford on numerous initiatives.
Both the Steeda Mustangs have extensive show schedules. The Screamin’ Yellow Q has been chosen by Ford Motor Company to be on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, January 15-23.
Next month, the Mustang will be exhibited in the Steeda display at the Performance Racing Industry Show to be held December 9-11 in Indianapolis.
The Red Q will be featured at the Los Angeles Auto Show January 7-16, in the Nitto Tire exhibit. It will the start of a busy year for Steeda Autosports and their exciting performance offerings.