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Alexandru Boghiu

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The Americans had Mustangs and Corvettes. The Italians had Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Romanians? We had the mighty Dacia, which some people tried to modify and tune, with varying results.

As a kid, Alexandru remembers being driven around the block in a red Dacia 1310 by his personal driver (his uncle) any time he would visit. When he was around eight years young, Alexandru got the chance to ride shotgun in a neighbor’s Daewoo Matiz (basically a box of matches on wheels, still red), which made him feel like a million dollars.

The coup de grâce was seeing a Lamborghini Murcielago in all its yellow opulence parked outside of a café. He was hooked forever.
The Lancia Rally 037 Will Be at Monterey Car Week, But as a Kimera EVO37
The Lancia Rally 037 Will Be at Monterey Car Week, But as a Kimera EVO37

12 Aug 2022, 13:00 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / The Lancia Rally 037 won the manufacturers' world championship in the 1983 Group B WRC season, being also the last rear-wheel drive car to win the World Rally Championship. Now it's back as the Kimera EVO37, which is basically a restomod ...

 
Audi R8 Drag Races a BMW M5 Competition, Results Couldn't Be Any Closer
Audi R8 Drag Races a BMW M5 Competition, Results Couldn't Be Any Closer

11 Aug 2022, 15:05 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / The Audi R8 is a force to be reckoned with. It’s basically a Lamborghini Huracan in disguise. The one Mat drives today is the rear-wheel-drive model, with a naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 engine that puts out 562 HP (570 PS) and 550 Nm (406 lb-...

 
This AMG Performance Luxury Audio Speaker Will Get You Moving to the Beat of Your Own Drum
This AMG Performance Luxury Audio Speaker Will Get You Moving to the Beat of Your Own Drum

7 Aug 2022, 16:18 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / A roaring engine is music to the ears of any car enthusiast. But what if you could turn actual car parts into real music, combining unique aesthetics with high-end audio quality? Enter iXOOST. Motion creates emotion. When you’re strapped t...

 
Independent Luxury Coachbuilder, ARES, Expands Into Electric Mobility
Independent Luxury Coachbuilder, ARES, Expands Into Electric Mobility

7 Aug 2022, 11:16 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / When it comes to bespoke coachbuilding, ARES Modena is a top player. Not only can the company personalize and modernize classic cars, but it also produces one-off luxury projects. Having worked with the likes of Bentley, Porsche, Land Rover, and BM...

 
BMW Delivers Last Batch of i3 EVs, Closing a Pioneering Chapter in Electric Mobility
BMW Delivers Last Batch of i3 EVs, Closing a Pioneering Chapter in Electric Mobility

6 Aug 2022, 17:27 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / It all started as “Project i,” a billion-euro (about $1.02 B) electromobility project. The goal? A lightweight, environmentally friendly electric vehicle, made for urban driving, unaffected by the extra weight of a heavy battery. Wh...

 
Tuned 1,100hp Huracan Gets Eaten Alive Drag Racing a MotoGP Bike
Tuned 1,100hp Huracan Gets Eaten Alive Drag Racing a MotoGP Bike

6 Aug 2022, 10:54 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / With no rear bumper, looking like a Franken-Lambo and sounding like one, you’d think this flame-spitting Lamborghini Huracan Spyder tuned by JM Imports would knock out almost anything in a head-on drag race. Until you put it against a KTM RC1...

 
Lamborghini Takes You on an 8-Month-Long Epic Road Trip, Filled With Exquisite NFTs
Lamborghini Takes You on an 8-Month-Long Epic Road Trip, Filled With Exquisite NFTs

5 Aug 2022, 18:41 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / Lambos are not for everyone. For starters, they’re not particularly cheap, nor practical as a daily driver. But you can’t deny their out-of-this-world looks and outstanding engineering. NFTs are quite similar. While a whole lot cheaper,...

 
EV Trucking Leader Orange EV Raises $35 Million to Scale
EV Trucking Leader Orange EV Raises $35 Million to Scale

5 Aug 2022, 14:27 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / While gas prices are going down at the moment, the aggressive global push towards electrification won’t stop anytime soon. That includes the trucking industry, too – and one important player has just made a significant jump towards scal...

 
Over 300% MSRP for a Hummer EV? Thanks, but…No Thanks
Over 300% MSRP for a Hummer EV? Thanks, but…No Thanks

31 Jul 2022, 19:49 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / The auto industry seems to be plagued by opportunistic flippers giving away the goods for ridiculous prices. But with numbers like that, it’s hard to believe anybody’s actually selling anything. Seems like yesterday when the GM North...

 
This '66 Corvette Gets Revived After 30 Years, Third Owner Gave Up on It
This '66 Corvette Gets Revived After 30 Years, Third Owner Gave Up on It

31 Jul 2022, 12:16 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / You could say this Corvette had some form of an identity crisis throughout its life – it didn’t know what it wanted to be when it grew up. Or just had some really bad luck. Initially, it was a C2, but its second owner turned it into ...

 
MegaRaptor 6x6 VS Mercedes-AMG BRABUS 6x6 – 2 Monsters Battle It Out
MegaRaptor 6x6 VS Mercedes-AMG BRABUS 6x6 – 2 Monsters Battle It Out

30 Jul 2022, 17:28 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / What better way to take advantage of a global energy price hike than filling up 2 gas-hungry, monstrous 6-wheelers and racing them against each other? You’re in for a treat – this will be one heck of a ridiculous contest. Brilliant. ...

 
Crisis-Proof – ŠKODA AUTO Swimming Upstream, Profitable in Year's First Half
Crisis-Proof – ŠKODA AUTO Swimming Upstream, Profitable in Year's First Half

30 Jul 2022, 12:40 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / When it comes to the obstacles the auto industry has been dealing with throughout 2022, the list of usual suspects comes down to 3 things – the Ukraine war, the chip shortage, and the crazy gas prices. ŠKODA AUTO seems to have zig-z...

 
Chess, Not Checkers – Audi Has Pulled Off a Profitable First Half of the Year
Chess, Not Checkers – Audi Has Pulled Off a Profitable First Half of the Year

29 Jul 2022, 17:49 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / With a disastrous chip shortage affecting everything tech-related, gas prices going haywire, and overall market uncertainty, some automakers are sweating bullets. Yet others have managed to rake in massive profits in the year's first half, aga...

 
Siemens and ConnectDER Team Up To Make Home EV Charging Easier
Siemens and ConnectDER Team Up To Make Home EV Charging Easier

29 Jul 2022, 13:31 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / Home charging solutions have never been easier to implement. In about 15 minutes, this brand-new solution from Siemens will save you a ton of headaches, a few thousand dollars, and will help make the switch to EV driving a whole lot easier. Some...

 
It's Finally Official - Ferruccio Lamborghini Is an Automotive Hall of Famer
It's Finally Official - Ferruccio Lamborghini Is an Automotive Hall of Famer

26 Jul 2022, 11:47 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / “In the past I have bought some of the most famous gran turismo cars and in each of these magnificent machines I have found some faults.” - The man, the myth, the legend, Ferruccio Lamborghini. You’ve probably seen at least one...

 
Audi RS6 Avant – A 20-Year-Old Savage, Casually Running Laps Against the Competition
Audi RS6 Avant – A 20-Year-Old Savage, Casually Running Laps Against the Competition

26 Jul 2022, 08:31 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / Production for the first generation RS6 (C5) started in 2002. For 3 consecutive generations, Audi’s wagons were leaving the Neckarsulm production line as incomplete yet driveable cars. They went to an adjacent hall, where quattro GmbH workers...

 
GM Will Reward You for NOT Flipping Your Brand New 'Vette
GM Will Reward You for NOT Flipping Your Brand New 'Vette

26 Jul 2022, 08:16 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / Flippers are usually good at making the laws of supply and demand work in their favor. Who doesn’t like to make a quick buck, right? But on the other hand, nobody wants to pay an outrageous markup for anything… And now, Houston, we hav...

 
After Australia, CUPRA’s Next Move Might Be North America
After Australia, CUPRA’s Next Move Might Be North America

24 Jul 2022, 21:38 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / CUPRA was launched in 2018 with a desire to challenge the status quo. Since then, 3 things have defined the essence of the brand, helping it achieve success beyond expectations – “Disruptive Attitude, Rebellious Spirit and Unconventiona...

 
Rare, Weird-Looking Allis Chalmers Model B – Twin-Engine Tractor Brought Back to Life
Rare, Weird-Looking Allis Chalmers Model B – Twin-Engine Tractor Brought Back to Life

24 Jul 2022, 21:10 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / Forget barn finds and car wrecks that have been sitting in the desert for decades. This twin-engine Allis Chalmers Model B tractor comes straight from old tractor heaven. Don, the owner, said this particular model is “easy to work on.” ...

 
This 64 Chevy Corvette LS3-Powered Pro-Touring Build Will Smoke You
This 64 Chevy Corvette LS3-Powered Pro-Touring Build Will Smoke You

23 Jul 2022, 23:11 UTC · By: Alexandru Boghiu / Fast Lane Jane (isn’t that a cool nickname?) and her husband are not only big Corvette fans casually doing donuts here and there. They’re actually both pro drivers – they do autocross and road course driving, and Jane has also bee...

 

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