Thursday, January 10, 2013

Gencon animania and supanova

Best cloud cosplay i have seen so far. i give all credit from with photo.

Business epic cosplay

Alright well it has become a fact that i am going to supanova next year =D i hope to see you there, okay now for business epic cosplay of roxas XD i leave full credit for this photo to chibinis-chan on deviant art look her up.

Epic cosplayers

Epic cosplayers - Allen Walker is the one with the white hair. - D.Gray-man
and the other is Haruhi - The Melancholly of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

A bit of tape on these otherwise ordinary-looking cars have rumors flying that the next-generation Mustang GT500 could be twin-turbocharged. (Well, the tape isn’t the sole reason behind the speculation; the intercoolers visible in their grilles are fanning the flames, too.) But we’re not buying it. Superchargers also need intercoolers and, as we previously reported, the next evolution of the Shelby GT500—due as a 2013 model—again will be supercharged. This time, it’ll have upwards of 600 hp.

Ford insiders we talked to pretty quickly deep-sixed the GT500 turbo rumors. While the Mustang seen here wears the body of the top Stang, it’s possible that it could be a test bed for lesser EcoBoost engines. Rumors of EcoBoost Mustangs have persisted since the engines were first announced. However, the Mustang engine roster was just recently overhauled, and there’s not really any room for the turbocharged, direct-injected family in the lineup. The turbo V-6’s output encroaches too much on 5.0 territory, and the current car’s 305-hp naturally aspirated base V-6 is so good—finally—that we can’t see Ford taking a chance and replacing it already.

Stepping into the 600-hp club with the GT500 won’t be an easy move. Our guess is that the cars pictured here are working to help ensure that the harder-hitting Shelby can keep its cool. Development in the auto industry is ongoing; if you ever talk to a hot rodder, he’ll tell you his car is never done—and he’s only got one. Just imagine that cycle for a company that builds more than a million cars a year.

Supercharged 2012 Chevrolet Camaro May Not Be Called Z28

Supercharged 2012 Chevrolet Camaro May Not Be Called Z28

Since July, we’ve had photographic proof that Chevy’s engineers are hard at work on a supercharged version of the Camaro. The hot pony car is slated to receive a version of the blown 6.2-liter LSA V-8 from the Cadillac CTS-V, where it produces 556 hp. The usual questions of “When?” and “How much?” remain open, and we can now add a third to the list: What’s it to be called?

Not So Fast (About that Z28 Name)

Although many—including us—speculated that this range-topping Camaro would wear Z28 badging, GM insiders tell us it isn’t a sure thing. While our sources are tight-lipped on other possibilities, other Z-based historic nameplates could be in the running, such as ZL-1 and IROC-Z. (We don’t think the ’80s are distant enough for the latter to be a good idea.)

Following a recent Chevrolet dealer meeting, one industrious Camaro fan hopped on a popular message board to post that production of the Camaro Z28 would begin on January 1, 2012—although we’re skeptical that the Canadian Auto Workers union wants its crew on the Camaro’s Oshawa, Ontario, assembly line working on a New Year’s Day, let alone one that falls on a Sunday. The rest of the report, however, is congruous with what we’ve heard: The ├╝ber-Camaro will sport a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, Magnetic Ride Control likely will be included, the exterior will be styled for maximum inspiration of terror, and the interior will receive modest upgrades.

Improvements for the Rest of Camaro Range

Chevy isn’t looking to do a full-on face lift for the Camaro line—at least not for a few years—but instead is planning to update its neo-muscle car progressively. All Camaro interiors will receive some slight enhancements in the coming year, but GM’s main focus at this point is balancing out the car’s proclivity for understeer. In addition, the V-6 engine in the entry-level Camaro is headed to the massage parlor, where it may be dubbed LFX. Regardless of its christening, the six should emerge with greater efficiency and a very small bump in power from the current 312 hp. (Some Camaro fans have been speculating a jump to 330 or more, but we’re assured the actual increase will be much less.)

It’s not clear whether these evolutionary changes will arrive in time for the special 45th Anniversary Edition Camaro, which arrives this summer. Between prepping that car, launching the convertible this February, updating the V-6, and getting the supercharged model to market, the Camaro team has a busy year ahead of it. We just hope they find time to settle on a name.

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302, Boss 302 Laguna Seca

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302, Boss 302 Laguna Seca

Bullitt. Cobra. Shelby. Mach 1. Ford’s charismatic Mustang has taken on many roles, many forms, and many names during its 46-year history, and the company’s modern marketing machine has pillaged pretty much all of them in the past decade. Boss, however, has stayed largely in the shadows, adorning a few track-only specials sold in extremely limited quantities.

The Boss Mustang is hitting the streets once again in the form of the track-oriented Boss 302 unveiled at the Rolex Historic Races at Laguna Seca. According to the company, the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 is the “quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford.” It pays homage to its track-star forebears by lightening and strengthening key components, juicing up the engine, and wrapping it all in the vintage color schemes that Boss Mustangs are known for still today.

A Redux Whose Time Has Come

Aerodynamic changes include a deeper front air dam and a rear spoiler. Not accidentally, the changes stylistically connect the new car to its predecessor, right down to the livery, including Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue, Yellow Blaze, or Race Red. These are offset by white or black C-stripes and a matching roof.

Inside, however, the 2012 Boss 302 couldn’t be less like the original—today’s UPS trucks come with more creature comforts than most track-oriented muscle cars from the late 1960s. The new Boss models receive an Alcantara-covered steering wheel, dark metallic dash and door panels, a black shift knob, and cloth seats with “suede-like” center inserts. The GT500’s Recaro front bucket seats are optional. Eleven pounds of sound-deadening material are missing, to allow more of the engine’s uniquely tuned exhaust sound to fill the cabin.

What a Difference Four Decades Makes

While the ’69 Boss 302 may be the stuff of legends, by modern standards, its (claimed) 290 hp at 5800 and 290 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm is less power and only marginally more torque than the 2011 Mustang’s V-6, never mind the brawny V-8 powering the GT. In the Boss, the GT’s 5.0-liter is upgraded with new intake runners, revised camshafts, and more aggressive engine controls, raising output from the 412 hp to 440. Torque drops slightly, from 390 lb-ft to 380.

The power gets to the wheels via a short-throw six-speed manual transmission with a beefed-up clutch, while the rear end packs a 3.73:1 axle ratio and carbon-fiber plates within the limited-slip differential. A Torsen diff is an available upgrade paired with the Recaro seat option.

One of the most interesting features of the 2012 Boss 302 is its quad exhaust system, developed to give the car a unique sound. The two primary pipes exiting the rear handle most of the exhaust gases, while two smaller pipes branch off from the exhaust crossover and exit discreetly along the lower body sides, just in front of the rear wheels, sending gases through a set of metal discs that generate unique sounds. Should the owner live somewhere with more lax noise regulations, the plates can easily be removed in favor of aftermarket dump valves.

Race Car with a License Plate?

In its quest to turn the Boss 302 into what it calls “a race car with a license plate,” Ford upgraded the GT’s suspension with stiffer springs and bushings, adjustable shocks, and a thicker rear anti-roll bar. Ride height drops 11 mm up front and 1 in the rear. As with the original Boss 302, shock adjustment is done manually—in this case via a screw atop each shock tower—among five stiffness settings.

The Mustang’s electric steering system has also been reworked, giving the driver a choice of three feedback settings—Comfort, Normal, and Sport. Traction and stability-control systems are reprogrammed to offer a choice of full engagement, no engagement at all, or an intermediate sport mode.

The 302’s black-painted wheels measure 19 by 9 inches in front and 19 by 9.5 in back; wrapped by 255/40 front and 285/35 rear Pirelli PZeros. The GT’s optional Brembo brakes are upgraded with high-performance pads and unique ABS calibration.

Ford’s performance claims for the 2012 Boss 302 include cornering capability in excess of 1.0 g, shorter stopping distances than provided by the GT—even with its available brake upgrade—and a 155-mph top speed. Ford declined to provide acceleration figures, but the 302 should handily beat the 2011 Mustang GT’s marks of 4.6 seconds from standstill to 60 mph and 13.2 seconds through the quarter-mile at 109 mph. Whatever the time, it will certainly best the ’69 Boss 302’s 6.5 seconds to 60 and 14.9-second quarter-mile at 93 mph. (That seemed much faster back then.)

Lighter and Tighter: Laguna Seca Edition

Additionally, Ford is launching an even more exclusive “Boss 302 Laguna Seca” model for the harder-core buyer. It ditches the rear seat and some creature comforts while additionally stiffening the body and suspension, and carrying over the aerodynamics package from the Ford Racing Boss 302R almost unchanged.

The 2012 Mustang Boss 302 and 302 Laguna Seca hit dealerships sometime in 2011 at a price yet to be determined. Figure around $36,000 for the base 302 and upwards of $40,000 for the Laguna Seca. Considering that Ford isn’t having any trouble finding homes for its $50,000 Shelby GT500s, we expect the limited-edition Bosses to likewise go quickly.