Breaking Down Steeda's 8-Second Ford Mustang

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A boatload of performance parts makes this ponycar almost impossible to beat.

You've probably heard of Hennessey, Shelby, Roush and maybe a few others, but there are literally hundreds of companies that build go-fast parts and packages for the Ford Mustang. The biggest of what we'll call the second-tier companies has to be Steeda. The Georgia-based purveyor of parts and performance has been customizing and improving all sorts of Blue Ovals since the '80s, from the Focus to the Fiesta to the F-150, but it's bread and butter has always been the Mustang. And this latest one might be the best of them all.

The project started back in 2018 with a Ford Mustang GT using the third-generation Coyote 5.0-liter V8 and ten-speed automatic transmission. To make it the fastest naturally aspirated 2018+ Mustang in the world the company replaced almost everything from the pistons out. We're talking a ported intake, Comp Cams, a new throttle body and cold air intake, long tube headers, heavy duty clutches and 3.15 rear gears.

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Steeda

And that was just under the hood. Steeda also replaced the suspension, steering rack, brakes, sway bar, shock mounts, bushings, bumper bars, links and more. It added new wheels and tires, as well as carbon fiber for the hood and trunk, to save weight. And when the company was finished, it had a car that ran a 9.76 ET at 143 mph. Of course, with that much power and speed, things happen.

"After experimenting with some more aggressive fuels on the naturally aspirated build, an injector stuck wide open and ultimately leaned out an entire bank on the N/A motor. You can assume what happened from there," explains the build page, meaning the engine is no longer with us. "This left us with an amazing opportunity to take the Silver Bullet in a direction it's never gone before."

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Luckily, Edlebrock was there to help out. It brought a GT E-Force Stage 2 Supercharger Kit, displacing 2.65 liters. It also supplied the 3-inch pulley. To make it all work on the new OEM 2019 Mustang block Steeda added a Bret Barber 7-gallon trunk mounted supercharger water tank, a Circle D Specialties torque convertor, a six-point rollbar and six-point safety harness.

The rest of the upgrades are still there, including almost every suspension piece, wheels, tires, hood and trunk. All of that set up the company for another record-breaking run. The Steeda Mustang in stock form ran a quarter mile in the 12s. With everything that Steeda did to it before the supercharger it got to 9.76 and last weekend it set a best time of 8.69 seconds at 157 mph. As impressive as that is for a (heavily) modified street car, it also ran an 8.775 making for an average in the 8s. Both were good to take home the trophy in its class.

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Steeda

It's a herculean effort to build something like this, and it doesn't just include the Steeda team, though it did the lion's share. There are thousands of parts from hundreds of manufacturers, all combining to make this Mustang a drag strip hero. And you can do it too. Every company we listed would be more than happy to sell you parts to make a clone. We're not saying you could do it as quickly as Steeda or come out with the same results. But at least we know it can be done.

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