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Ford Uses Wind Tunnel Testing to Help Develop the Design for the Ford GT

The all-new Ford GT is shaping up to be one of the best performance vehicles ever created. However, in order to help make it such an incredible vehicle, the team at Ford needs to make sure that the shape of the vehicle itself is expertly crafted to deliver the best performance. Fortunately, they have the perfect means to help develop such a design.

According to a Ford press release, Ford is using wind tunnel testing to help develop the design for the Ford GT. Utilizing a wind tunnel allows for the engineers at Ford to gather data on the noise levels and acoustics that a driver would experience inside the cabin of the Ford GT. More importantly, wind tunnel testing also allows for the Ford GT design team to optimize the aerodynamic capabilities of the GT.

“One of the great things about this car, as dynamic and beautiful as the design is, every single opening has a purpose on the car,” said Ford engineering supervisor Nick Terzes. “So If you see a large grille, if you see a scoop, it’s wasn’t just put there to look good. It was put there because it has a function.”

When the Ford GT is finally released, you can rest assured that the team at Ford has ensured that it delivers the best driving experience on the road, thanks in part to the testing that they are performing right now!

Design for the Ford GT

3 Ways to Prepare for Back to School

School may have been out for the summer. However, school cannot be out forever! The beginning of the school year is just around the corner, and the transition back to school can be a tough one for both parents and students. In order to help ease the transition back to class, follow these 3 ways to prepare for back to school.

Set up a Curfew

Summer nights may have lasted far after the sun went down. However, that is certainly not the case during the school year. In order to help your kids prepare for waking up early in the morning to get to school, consider setting up a curfew ahead of time.

Memorize the Bus Schedule

Part of getting up early in the morning involves catching the school bus. Nothing is worse than missing the bus during the first week of school. Therefore, make sure that you and your child have their bus schedule memorized.

Only Buy the Necessary School Supplies

It can be easy to go overboard while shopping for school supplies. However, students who have too many unnecessary supplies may find it difficult to carry all of that equipment around. Only buy the necessary school supplies as listed by your child’s future teacher in order to be properly prepared for the first day of class.

prepare for back to school

5 Amazingly Fun and Free Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Raising a family takes a lot of patience, strength, time, and—of course—money. While the costs at home may be adding up, you don’t have to spend money to have fun in southwest Pennsylvania. There are many free things to do in Pittsburgh and the surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Self-Guided Tours: Downloadable one-hour audio tours created by Robert Morris University are available to immerse yourself in the exploration of downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Emerald View Park: A great place for sightseeing and views of the city, this urban park has unique art and trail systems.
  • Big Mac Museum: This restaurant-and-museum located in nearby North Huntingdon is filled with memorabilia and interactive exhibits, including the world’s largest Big Mac statue.
  • The Frick Art & Historical Center: Admission into this collection of art and historic vehicles is free, though tours are given for a fee.
  • Allegheny Observatory: Free tours are available of this historic facility, which include a grounds tour and opening presentation.

There are just a few of the free things in Pittsburgh for your family to do; go and find an adventure this weekend!

free things to do in Pittsburgh

Check out the Throw-Back Style of the Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

The newest Ford supercar is creating quite a stir in the automobile industry! Classic enthusiasts and new fans are both falling in the love with the Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition!

This is a limited edition vehicle whose color scheme was inspired by the 1966 Number 2 Le Mans-winning GT40. Not only is the color scheme of the new vehicle similar to the classic car, the new Ford GT40 also repeated the win in the famed 24-hour race.

The exterior is available in a black matte or gloss finish and is accented with silver stripes. There is also an exposed carbon fiber trim as well as the white #2 graphics on the doors and hood. Even the tires exude style, with black lugnuts and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in a gold satin.

The interior continues the focus of the #2 graphics and racing history. There are X-braes on the seats, shift paddles, and the seat belts have the special blue webbing.

Available in limited quantities for the 2017 model year, this is one supercar that is truly a show-stopper!

Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

Signature Pittsburgh Delicacies to Dive Into

Every city has its own unique cuisine, and Pittsburgh is certainly no exception. However, the rich flavors of the Steel City are even unique compared to other cities! Various flavors come together to make some of the most delicious dishes that you will ever try. The next time you are in Pittsburgh, make sure that you sample some of these Signature Pittsburgh delicacies to dive into!

  1. Pittsburgh Salad

You’ve probably sampled a lot of salads, but you’ve probably never had a salad that tastes like a Pittsburgh Salad! The ingredients in this dish include provolone cheese and the unusual choice of French Fries.

  1. Pierogis

For a small dish that packs in a ton of flavor, Pierogis are a great choice! A blend of meat, sauerkraut, and potatoes is placed inside these pocket-sized Pittsburgh meals.

  1. Kielbasi

A dish originating from the culture of many European immigrants who moved to Pittsburgh, Kielbasi is one of the most flavorful sausages that you can take a bite out of.

  1. Banana Split

Finish off your tour of the flavors of Pittsburgh with a classic dessert that was created right here in the Steel City: the Banana Split!

signature Pittsburgh delicacies

Ford Creates the First Mobile Wind Tunnel Used for Automotive Testing

When it comes to testing vehicles, Ford puts their lineup up against some of the most hazardous conditions that drivers can face on the road. One such condition is high winds. Recently, Ford found a more efficient way to test their vehicles for resistance against those violent gusts and gales.

According to a Ford press release, Ford has created the first mobile wind tunnel used for automotive testing. Traditional vehicle tests use a stationary wind tunnel. Ford has one such device at their testing location in Allen Park. However, Ford has developed a way to create the same wind effect using more mobile design methods. In fact, the mobile win tunnel can be prepared for transport to another separate location in the span of a single day!

“This project was born from a desire to be the best when it comes to controlling and limiting the cabin noise customers are so sensitive to,” said Bill Gulker, Ford wind noise core supervisor. “And our new mobile wind tunnel saves our engineers time and increases productivity. It’s a fine example of the innovation mindset we’re trying to incorporate into everything we do.”

Using technology like this wind tunnelMobile Wind Tunnel, Ford guarantees that your vehicle will be ready to face whatever nature throws its way.

Ford Releases Video of New F-150 Raptor

Truck brands can brag about their lineup all day, with everyone claiming that their trucks are the most powerful, the strongest, the most capable, and more. However, Ford apparently believes in showing, not telling, because the brand just dropped a preview video showcasing the skills of the new F-150 Raptor. Shot in the Mojave Desert, the video, which is reportedly the first in a series, gives the F-150 Raptor a chance to show off its off-roading prowess to viewers.

As of right now, Ford hasn’t released many details about the new F-150 Raptor, outside of the fact that it carries a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that is said to be far more powerful in terms of horsepower and torque than the previous model; however, the brand neglected to reveal the exact numbers. Regardless, with a more powerful engine under the hood and a 500-pound weight loss from the previous Raptor, the new F-150 Raptor was primed for success before it even set food into the rolling dunes and flat sands of the desert.

The video clip itself shows the F-150 Raptor effortlessly climbing rocky hills, crashing through dunes, kicking up clouds of sand, and easily maneuvering bumps and turns with a flexible and adaptive suspension. Ford intends on making more videos to showcase the capabilities of the new Raptor model, so the brand may have even more impressive tricks up their sleeve.

In addition to the new engine, the new F-150 Raptor will also feature a manual 10-speed transmission, as well as 3.0 FOX Racing Shox to optimize off-road performance. The truck is expected to go on sale in the US this upcoming fall.

New F-150 Raptor

Local Wexford Activities to Do in the Area

Looking for something fun to do in the Wexford, Pennsylvania, area? Whether you’re looking for some family fun, a historical experience, or even something like wine-tasting, local Wexford activities cover a whole range of attractions, with a little something for everyone. Why not branch outside of your comfort zone and go try something new in Wexford?

Wexford, Pennsylvania, has a lot of history, and it’s worth it to check out many of the historical landmarks and museums around the region. Old Economy Village, for example, is open from April until October, and features a number of restored buildings, traditional tradesmen, interactive exhibits, and various works of art, old books, and historical tools for your viewing pleasure

Similarly, the Depreciation Lands Museum features a replica of a 19th-century schoolhouse, a restored and authentic log cabin, and a blacksmith shop. There’s even a barn with a covered wagon and one-horse sleigh inside, and costumed guides lead visitors through the museum. The Cranberry Township Historical Society and the Mars Area History & Landmark Society also give visitors a glimpse into the past of the region.

Of course, there are other things to do besides wander around in times gone by. Facilities such as Go Ape Treetop Adventures provide outdoor recreation for the entire family, with treetop obstacles ranging from rope ladders to Tarzan swings to trapezes to five different zip lines. The adventure finishes with one final zip line that will take you down out of the trees.

If you’re still looking for excitement but Go Ape isn’t your style, Fun Fore All provides a more traditional family experience, with a facility that includes go-karting, an indoor arcade, mini golf, and kiddie rides. Parking and admission is free.

There are many more local Wexford activities besides those listed above, including the La Casa Narcisi Winery and the Blade Runners ice-skating rink. Take the time to explore the region and get an idea of what you might be interested in trying — you never know what’s out there.

Local Wexford activities

Premier of the Lincoln Concept Navigator

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford know how amazing Lincoln vehicles are, but many people have been waiting for a comeback from the luxury automaker. The wait is over, as Lincoln pulled out all the stops for its next concept vehicle.

The concept for the next Lincoln Navigator premiered at the New York International Auto Show. The debut was just as spectacular as the vehicle, as a band played a jazz version of “All of Me” and Matthew McConaughey came onto the stage.

An overhaul to the Navigator hasn’t happened in a decade, so fans were thrilled to see the new concept. The concept SUV had gullwing doors, three steps that automatically unfold on each side of the vehicle, and even a custom interior storage area that resembles a closet!  The interior is spacious with large seats and intricately designed features such as the shifter being designed to look like piano keys.

Lincoln is calling the Navigator a prime example of “quiet luxury,” perfect for people wanting to buy drivable comfort and luxury.

More than just a pretty vehicle, the concept Navigator boasts a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which puts out more than 400 horsepower. Lincoln also has stated that there are new technologies to help the Navigator handle and perform in all weather conditions.

Not all the spectacular features will make it into the penciled in 2017 production, but we at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford will be waiting to see how this concept Navigator finalizes in production.

concept Navigator

Ford Honors Arcelormittal as a Top Steel Supplier

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford are proud that Ford uses quality material for all their vehicles. This is shown in every final product. Of course, the final quality is highly dependent upon the suppliers’ products used to create the vehicles. That is why Ford works hard to choose a supplier of trust and quality.

This year, Ford honors Arcelormittal as a top steel supplier. This Luxembourg-based steelmaker has received Ford’s highest rating in its annual Business Unit Review for five straight years.

These awards clearly demonstrate ArcelorMittal’s solid contribution and commitment to providing the best vehicle material and services in the industry.

The steelmaker employs many people in several US locations and areas around the world. “Maintaining the highest level of products, solutions and service for GM, and for all of our automotive customers, is what drives us every day,” said Greg Wells, director of automotive sales for ArcelorMittal North America.

ArcelorMittal plants include mills in Burns Harbor, Indiana Harbor, the New Carlisle I/N Tek and I/N Kote, as well as mills in Alabama and Ontario. These locations make steel for all aspects of every Ford vehicle, especially the Edge, Transit, and Fusion.

ArcelorMittal states that they appreciate Ford’s business and could not accomplish their solid production without all of the team members who work for ArcelorMittal throughout the variety of plants that manufacture, sell, service, or deliver steel to Ford.

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford love to see the positive business relationships producing quality products for Ford consumers.

Ford honors Arcelormittal

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