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News Release: Ford GT Supercar Makes its Ohio Debut
March 04, 2015

News Release: Ford GT Supercar Makes its Ohio Debut



Sara Panza
Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association


Ford GT Supercar Takes a Bow at
The Cleveland Auto Show

Cleveland, OH (March 4, 2015) –  Ford’s all-new GT, an ultra-high performance supercar seen only in Detroit and Chicago, will be making its Ohio debut at the Cleveland Auto Show when it opens its doors to the public this Saturday, March 7 at the I-X Center.

“As one of the largest Auto Shows in the nation, we expect to get the very best in displays and vehicles from our exhibitors,” says Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the Cleveland Auto Show. “While the last minute addition of the Ford GT is certainly welcome and unexpected, it’s not too surprising given the size and scope of our Show.

“Cleveland also enjoys a very special relationship with the new Ford GT, and has very significant ties to Ford’s storied racing heritage. We are very grateful to Ford for bringing this beautiful supercar to Cleveland for our show attendees to see first hand.”

The new GT serves as a technology showcase for Ford’s EcoBoost performance, modern aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction techniques. It features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower. The GT also makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum – enabling outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the basis for the GT’s racing tuned engine, is built right here in Cleveland.

Ford’s commitment to and capability in delivering technologies typically offered only in elite vehicles is evident in the GT. These include advanced active aerodynamics, such as a deployable rear spoiler, and a host of material and technology innovations to help better serve the driver, such as SYNC 3 – the latest version of Ford’s advanced connectivity system.

In addition to the new GT’s impressive powerplant, Cleveland’s ties to Ford racing go all the way back to 1901, when Henry Ford whipped Cleveland Automotive Pioneer Alexander Winton in a race. The proceeds of that race were used to create the Henry Ford Motor Company, which would later become Cadillac after Henry Ford left his namesake firm to start the Ford Motor Company.

You can see the fruit of Ford’s racing efforts in the new Ford GT at the Cleveland Auto Show, which runs through next Sunday, March 15.

Tickets for the Cleveland Auto Show are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors and preteens. Children six and under get in free. Parking is free for the duration of the Show, courtesy of your franchised new motor vehicle dealers.

The Cleveland Auto Show is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you would like more information on the Show, or to purchase e-tickets with no convenience charges courtesy of Huntington Bank, head to www.clevelandautoshow.com and click on “Buy Tickets”.


About the Cleveland Auto Show 
The Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com marks the start of the spring selling season in Northern Ohio. Featuring concept, pre-production and production vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers, the show is held annually at the I-X Center with nearly one million square feet of exhibits. The Show also features an array of entertainment including sports celebrity appearances from the Browns, Cavs, and more. The Cleveland Auto Show is a consumer show and a favorite family tradition since 1903. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheClevelandAutoShow.


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