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About the Company
Stinger Performance is a family owned business founded in 2001 to offer affordable exhaust components for the Ford 2.3L Turbo market. In June of 2003 the development of a tubular turbo header began. By November of that year, a prototype was fabricated and the design was finalized. The header greatly increased sales and also opened the doors for new parts to be used with it. Soon we had braided oil lines, internal and externally wastegated downpipes, wastegates, and many other items available. As sales began to surpass the time available to make one-off components, the movement to digitizing all of the exhaust and tubing components began. Once everything was digitized, we began using CNC mandrel bending machines to mass produce the components. By 2004 we had become the largest manufacturer of Ford 2.3 turbo exhaust systems. By 2007 the same applied to FMIC kits. In 2011 we took it a step further by developing a completely new ECU to replace the stock engine computer and allowing users to tune their engines with ease. We have no plans of slowing down. Future plans include components for many different vehicles. Our components have been used in many forms of competition including drag racing, road racing, circle track, endurance, land speed racing, autocross, off-road, and many other forms of competition. In 2009 the business was moved to Shawnee, a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas.
About the Owner
Shannon Gustafson grew up in a small town loving everything Ford. Through the years he became a 2.3 turbo enthusiast as well as a Mustang SVO and 2.3 Turbo fanatic. He enjoys a number of different hobbies and most of them focus on going fast in one form or another. He put himself through college, going as far as donating plasma to be able to afford his education. In 2003 he opened Stinger Performance as a simple exhaust fabrication business he'd do on the weekends to help make ends meet. In March 2006 he received a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Kansas State University. In March 2006 he received his Master's degree in Business Administration focusing in Leadership.