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2005 STEEDA Q MUSTANG
by JBA Performance
Howard the Accountant’s Getaway Car
By: D. Brian Smith
Photography: D. Brian Smith
JBA’s CPA wanted to roll strong to the speed shop. So, Howard Silberman, aka Howard The Accountant, decided on a new ride that would befit his sense of style and speed. As a result, JBA Performance and Howard collaborated to build a ’05 Steeda Q Mustang. Code named ‘Satin’ for its shiny silver with satin black exterior accents, the finished beauty was a modern, sleek GT.
The Mustang GT received a full Steeda/JBA makeover, which included Steeda’s 140mm cold air kit, performance suspension, short-throw shifter, and chin spoiler, in addition to some custom JBA Performance timing work under the hood. Nitto radials wrapped the oversize five-spoke Steeda performance wheels. The Nitto Tire Company was so pleased with how the Q turned out they used Satin in much of the company’s print advertising.
Howard, Steeda and the crew at JBA Performance were so impressed with the way the car looked they hooked Satin up to the chassis dyno to perform some shakedown pulls. Producing 340-horsepower at the rear wheels was quite an improvement considering the somewhat conservative modifications to the Mustang’s mill. After doing so well on the chassis dynamometer, JBA Performance received Howard’s okay to take the Q out for a track day event. The souped up Pony car galloped about the circuit without missing an apex, thanks in large measure to the professionally installed Steeda performance components and the driving abilities of the pilot in the go seat.
It’s no small wonder there have been quite a large number of Steeda Mustang Q GTs created after JBA Performance built Howard’s Q. We imagine even Howard would have to break out his scientific notation calculator to add up all the Steeda hotted up Mustangs since the Q’s release.
The Steeda competition front facia and blacked-out cowl induction hood add a serious look to the JBA-built Steeda 2005 Mustang Signature Series Satin Q. Sitting an inch closer to the ground than stock doesn’t mean the Steeda extended front airdam will take a nosedive. Howard is careful driving in or out of driveways, as most auto enthusiasts are. Notice also the satin-sleek Steeda cowl induction-style fiberglass hood.
The 18-inch Steeda Ultralight wheels are wrapped in Nitto NT555 P275/40ZR18 radial rubber and can take all the extra cornering and handling that the Steeda suspension modifications allow. The Steeda Ultralite I 18-inch wheels are wrapped in Nitto NT555 P275/40ZR18 radial rubber and can take all the extra cornering and handling that the Steeda suspension modifications allow.
The upgraded Steeda rear swaybar, adjustable Panhard bar, driver-side sport spring and billet lower trailing arm are visible in this shot. From viewing the beefy Steeda chassis link/rear anti-sway bar installed on Howard’s Steeda Q, it’s easy to imagine how much of an improvement can be made to the Mustang GT’s handling capabilities. Of course, the best way to find out is to take the stallion out on the track. Giddy up!
This picture was taken before JBA added the Steeda cold air kit, underdrive pulleys, JBA long-tube headers and custom tuning. The Steeda mods to the 4.6L Ford Mustang GT engine include a cold air induction system, underdrive pulleys, charge-motion plates, an aluminum fuse box cover and a stainless steel exhaust system. These enhancements gave this Q 340-horsepower, measured at the rear wheels on the JBA Performance chassis dyno. Can’t you just hear that rumble?
The Steeda Sidewinder Color-Keyed Graphics Package and 18-inch Steeda chrome Ultralight wheels enhance the looks of the 2005 Mustang Satin Q. The Steeda low rear wing, blacked-out rear valance and JBA stainless steel exhaust tips highlight the backside of the Satin Q. The Steeda rear spoiler looks cool and helps stabilize the Q at speed.