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Telstra bringing eSIM functionality to Windows 10 devices

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Starting Thursday next week, users of certain Windows 10 hardware with eSIM functionality will be able to use and purchase mobile plans from Telstra.

Australia’s incumbent telco said from March 7, people with Surface Pro 4G LTE or HP Spectre devices will be able to use the Windows 10 Mobile Plans app to begin the process of getting connected, before being shot over to Telstra’s website to purchase a plan.

“eSIM makes it possible to connect your compatible Windows 10 Modern PC to the internet, without having to go to a store or collect a SIM,” Telstra consumer segment executive Kevin Teoh said. “It will be easier than ever before to connect on the go.”

In a bid to lure people into eSIM usage, Telstra is offering customers a free 30-day trial with 30GB of data included. Once the trial is over, customers will need to use a prepaid or postpaid account to maintain connectivity.

In September 2017, Telstra launched its wearable eSIM product dubbed Telstra One Number, that allows users to share the same phone number across their wearables as they use on their smartphones, sharing data, call, and text inclusions from their mobile plan.

Apple announced support for eSIMs in its latest refresh of the iPhone line, while Google has had eSIM support since the Pixel 2.

Meanwhile in China, the GSM Association was unsurprisingly bullish on the potential of its eSIM standard, even though the Middle Kingdom does not have a high uptake of eSIM smartwatches.

“Despite creating smartphones for the global market, the Chinese domestic market has not formally adopted eSIM technology which will require appropriate regulation and new manufacturing, logistical and supply chain processes,” GSMA said.

“Globally, over fifty mobile operators already support eSIM functionality in smartphones.”

The GSMA said the availability of eSIM services in China varies wildly on operator and city.

“In June 2018, China Mobile announced the launch of an eSIM-enabled smartwatch (Huawei Watch 2) in Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chengdu,” it said.

“Since October 2018, China Telecom has supported eSIM functionality for the Apple Watch, providing limited eSIM service for locally registered phone numbers in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Nanjing.

“As of November 2018, China Unicom provides eSIM services in seven cities: Shanghai, Guangzhou, Changsha, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan and Zhengzhou.”

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This is the first Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport in the USA

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Someone in Greenwich, Connecticut, is grinning from ear to ear. Bugatti has begun the first worldwide deliveries of Chiron Pur Sport, a sportier rendition of the standard Chiron with a fixed rear wing, magnesium wheels, and a 217 mph top speed. Bugatti handed over the car to the brand’s official partner, Bugatti Greenwich, in West Putnam Avenue, Connecticut, after which the keys were given to the lucky owner.

“Bugatti of Greenwich is honored to have delivered the world’s first Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport to a very valued and loyal client. A long time Bugatti aficionado who now holds the keys to the purest Bugatti ever made,” says Evan Cygler, Sales Manager, Bugatti Greenwich.

The first Chiron Pur Sport to arrive in U.S. soil has Quartz White paint with a contrasting Grey Carbon split. Meanwhile, the lower panels are finished in grey exposed carbon, and the roof, rear wings, side mirrors, and Bugatti horseshoe grille feature the same naked carbon finish. Of course, it also has Bugatti’s exclusive Sky View roof, while the owner can bask in the vehicle’s sumptuous Italian Red leather interior.

Unlike a standard Chiron, the Pur Sport is an athletic grand-tourer with sharper handling and better agility. It has a gargantuan 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbocharged engine producing 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. The W16 engine in Pur Sport has a higher 6,900 rpm redline, while the standard seven-speed gearbox has 15-percent shorter gear ratios to deliver blistering acceleration.

Mind you, Pur Sport is not the fastest Chiron in terms of top speed, but it rushes to 60 mph in 2.3-seconds and goes from zero to 124 mph in 5.9-seconds, faster than a standard Chiron. It also has better downforce with its gigantic, fixed rear wing, larger rear diffuser, new front splitter, and wider front air intakes.

Underneath, Chiron Pur Sport has titanium exhaust tips, titanium brakes, new electronic dampers, and minus 2.5-degrees of camber for sportier handling. It also rides on bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that deliver better lateral grip.

Bugatti is only making 60 examples of Chiron Pur Sport, and each vehicle will be made in Bugatti’s Atelier in Molsheim, France. As expected from an ultra-exclusive hyper sports car, the Pur Sport is not cheap. Prices start at around $3.6-million each.

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Hyperion XP-1 hydrogen supercar has landed in Las Vegas

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The Hyperion XP-1, touted as the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell supercar, has recently landed in Las Vegas to the delight of onlookers, residents, and motorists alike. However, it came to celebrate the first virtual CES 2021 instead of attempting to break the speed barrier.

The last time a supercar went to Vegas (and attempted a speed record run), it drew a ton of controversy. We’re talking about the SSC Tuatara, and it’s claimed two-way average run of 316.11 mph (508.73 kph) last October.

Meanwhile, Hyperion is taking it easy with its newest XP-1 supercar. Instead of ringing out every last ounce of power from its hydrogen fuel cells, the car was seen gallantly cruising past the historic Fountains of Bellagio and the Nevada desert.

It’s hard to believe the Hyperion XP-1 started life as an educational tool. The car is wearing some funky camouflage in the video, but we’ve all seen the XP-1 sans its vinyl covering. It has a carbon monocoque frame with titanium-infused body panels to reduce weight. And since it has no battery pack, the XP-1 tips the scales at 2,275 pounds (1,248 kg), which is around 475 pounds less than SSC’s Tuatara.

The XP-1 has carbon-fiber tanks to store hydrogen, and the entire fuel cell supplies power to four electric motors, one for each wheel. Each motor pumps out 500 horsepower for a total output of 2,000 rampaging horses. With that much power, the XP-1 is a scorcher. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in under 3.0-seconds and has a top speed of 221 mph.

When you run out of juice, the XP-1 is as easy to fill up as a gasoline-powered car, provided there’s a hydrogen refilling station nearby. With a full tank (or full tanks) of hydrogen, the XP-1 achieves 1,016 miles (1,635 kilometers) of driving range. Theoretically, the XP-1 can probably go longer than that with its array of solar panels on the sweeping C-section behind the doors.

The Hyperion XP-1 is slated to go on sale in late 2022, with the first customer deliveries arriving in early 2023. The company is only making 300 examples of the XP-1 at a still undetermined base price.

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Rumor claims upcoming Toyota GR Corolla won’t use hybrid power

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Rumors have been swelling that Toyota is looking to add another hopped up compact car to its GR line of sports cars. Americans can’t get the cool GR Yaris, which we are rather bummed about. Rumor has suggested that Toyota will launch a GR Corolla sometime in 2023. Toyota has filed a trademark for the GR Corolla name, and insiders claim the car is definitely coming.

However, rumors suggest that the GR Corolla won’t use electrification. Odds are, the Corolla would use the same engine as the GR Yaris, which Toyota reportedly spent significant sums of money developing. The GR Corolla is expected to use the same platform as the GR Yaris, which would mean 257 horsepower and all-wheel-drive with rear-biased torque.

Pricing is a bit of a mystery as rumor sources haven’t shed any light on that front. It would undoubtedly cost more than the GR Yaris, priced in Europe at £33,000 for starters. The assumption would be a GR Corolla would be priced on par with rivals like the Golf R.

We’d love to think that Toyota’s need to recoup its development costs on the turbo three-cylinder engine used in the GR Yaris would mean the car would eventually come to the United States. There is no indication of that, and odds are American buyers may not want to spend what Toyota would try and charge for the car stateside.

We believe there is certainly a market left for hot hatchbacks and sporty cars in the United States. We love to see the segment make a comeback. It is also nice to hear that Toyota still plans to use non-electrified power plants in its performance cars for now. Many automakers are moving towards less powerful combustion engines supplemented by electric systems.

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