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Aston Martin Victor is a one-off future classic of hypercar contradictions

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Aston Martin cars are already a relatively rare sight on the road, but don’t expect to catch this striking new Aston Martin Victor pulling up at the lights next to you – the British automaker is only making one. A very unusual, and very special, commission from Q by Aston Martin, the coupe is intended to capture the style and spirit of the 1970s and 80s, but with a thoroughly modern heart.

It’s definitely a car of contradictions. The exterior started with an original, refurbished One-77 carbon fiber monocoque and rear housing, around which a seriously sculpted body was built. Full carbon fiber was used for the bodywork panels, pulling in elements of both the 1970s V8 Vantage and the DBS V8 that raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the RHAM/1.

With that, Aston Martin’s designers paired some of its cutting-edge technology. The Victor gets the latest Valkryie rear lights, for example, and a combination of special Pentland Green paintwork offset with satin carbon fiber. Computer fluid dynamic modeling made sure the exaggerated bodywork was aerodynamically slippery, too. Indeed, Aston Martin says it was targeting GT4 levels of downforce.

It all paid off, too. There’s 842 Nm of downforce at 100 mph – considerably more than the 525 Nm that a race-prepared Vantage GT4 can deliver – and there’s no denying the speed the Victor is capable of, either.

Aston Martin borrowed another One-77 part for that, a naturally-aspirated 7.3-liter V12. It was rebuilt, and retuned, by Cosworth to deliver 836 horsepower and 606 lb-ft of torque. No word on official 0-60 mph times or top speed, but we’re talking about more power and torque than the One-77, and that could do the dash to 60 in 3.5 seconds and keep going all the way to 220 mph.

Strangest of all? You’ll be rowing your own gears. The V12 is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, built for Victor by Graziano. That makes it the most powerful manual Aston Martin so far, and the automaker had to fit twin coolers and a bespoke motorsport clutch in order to make it possible.

The cabin itself is finished in Forest Green and Conker leather from specialist Bridge of Weir; that’s combined with cashmere. Large swathes of the carbon fiber chassis are left exposed too, alongside anodized aluminum, and machined and polished titanium. Crown cut solid walnut is used on the dashboard and for the stick-shift knob, while the Aston Martin Vulcan donates the motorsport-inspired steering wheel.

Inboard springs and dampers come from the Vulcan too, with center lock wheels and GT3-spec Brembo CMM-R Carbon Ceramic brakes round things out. There are six different suspension settings, taking the coupe from boulevard to race track.

Exactly how much all this might cost, Aston Martin isn’t saying. Nor is it detailing just who commissioned Victor, which was a surprise reveal at the Hampton Court Palace Concurs – as a “Future Classic” – in the UK this week. According to Aston Martin the owner wants to keep it relatively “low key,” which is easier said than done when you look quite this dramatic.

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This iPhone Bug Is Deactivating Phone Numbers. Here’s What We Know So Far

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To remove and replace a physical SIM card, all you’ll need is the SIM tool that came with your iPhone. It’s a tiny pin tool, and it’s entirely possible that you never removed said tool from its original box when you first purchased the device. In any case, you may want to make sure you’re doing this after you have a replacement SIM card in your possession to avoid any interruption in service.

Once you have a new physical SIM card in your possession, you’ll need to know what your phone’s EID number is. Any T-Mobile representative will likely ask you for this information, and you can locate it by navigating to Settings -> General -> About on your iPhone. From here, scroll down to the bottom of the page to find your iPhone’s unique EID number, and a T-Mobile representative should be able to activate a new SIM card with ease.

T-Mobile offers a set of troubleshooting instructions for those who are experiencing difficulties with their eSIM cards on various Apple devices, including iPhone. T-Mobile suggests that you should ensure that your iPhone is updated to the latest version of iOS (currently 15.4.1) before you attempt to do anything with your physical SIM card or digital eSIM service. T-Mobile also suggests that you’ll need an unlocked phone, or a phone purchased directly from T-Mobile. 

Mark Gurman also reported via Twitter that you can delete your eSIM account and create a new account from scratch. This is a process that you may want to do with some oversight from a T-Mobile representative since there’s always a chance that you can mess something up on the service side.

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The Real Reason Canada Is Banning Huawei Technology

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In an official statement, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Francois-Phillipe Champagne mentioned that the move ensures the long-term safety of the country’s telecom infrastructure. The decision was made after “a thorough review by our independent security agencies and in consultation with our closest allies,” says the statement.

The Canadian government claims to have conducted an extensive examination of 5G technology and arrived at the conclusion that — despite its benefits — the next-gen cellular technology opens the doors for new security threats. The government has raised concerns that Huawei and ZTE could be forced by the Chinese government to engage in activities that are not in Canada’s best interests. In the past, Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims of being influenced by the Chinese government and even has a dedicated 5G myth-busting resource page on their official company website.

China, on the other hand, has opposed the ban, claiming that it will take all necessary steps to ensure the well-being of Chinese companies. “We will take all necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate interests of Chinese firms,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was quoted as saying by Reuters.

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The Most Expensive NFTs Ever Purchased

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One of the earliest examples of an NFT collection on the Ethereum blockchain, CryptoPunks have grown to be among the most valuable collections in the world. They are a set of 10,000 unique, algorithmically-generated “Punk” characters that, according to their creators Larva Labs, served as the inspiration for the ERC-721 standard, an interface that now powers that majority of Ethereum-based NFTs. A CryptoPunk’s value is determined by the rarity of its attributes: the rarer the attributes, the more valuable the NFT.

CryptoPunk #5822 is one of the rarest of all, which explains its incredible selling price. Firstly, it has just one attribute, a feature that only 2% of the collection shares. That single attribute is a bandana, which is rare in itself, as only 5% of the collection sport one. The Punk’s skin type is alien, which is the biggest factor in pushing up this NFT’s value, as only 0.09% of the collection share this skin, a total of 9 NFTs out of a collection of 10,000. Punk #5822 was bought by Deepak Thapliyal, CEO of blockchain tech company Chain, for 8,000 ETH, roughly $23.7 million USD at the time of sale.

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