autoevolution

Aurel Niculescu

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Once upon a time there was a little boy that didn't know his age but dreamed of reaching high in the sky alongside the absolute best aviators. He was passionate about reading books (action and Sci-Fi), grew up with many great authors and soon discovered the mirage of cinema.

There he understood anything is possible if you work hard and passionately strive to follow your imagination. This is how at the age of 16 he managed to fulfill the first dream – flying alone in a glider plane. He was no Tom Cruise, of course, so young adulthood brought him back to reality.

With every kick in the familiar *utt comes a chance to step forward, so a seemingly unimportant ad in one of his favorite automotive magazines brought a dilemma - follow through with the current job or dare to achieve greatness by deploying (previously) unknown literary skills.

After around a decade and a half of trying to perfect them – well, he’s a slow learner – and after driving some of the best and worst cars in Europe, he’s a proud part of the team for an international publication: autoevolution. Here, he hopes to develop his best-ever form, and way faster than before.
Speed Demon 715 Is the New Bonneville Piston King With Record Run of 470+ MPH
Speed Demon 715 Is the New Bonneville Piston King With Record Run of 470+ MPH

When you say Bonneville, you at once add salt flats, Speed Week and crazy vehicles, and the result usually brings up talk of land speed records. A new one has been posted by the Speed Demon 715 streamliner in the AA / BFS class for piston-powered c...

 
Cuddle Inside a 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 VIP Limo While Under Small Arms Fire
Cuddle Inside a 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 VIP Limo While Under Small Arms Fire

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2021 Mazda CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda6 Get a Carbon Edition in North America
2021 Mazda CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda6 Get a Carbon Edition in North America

A Japanese automaker with 100 years' worth of history behind it, Mazda has always been subtle with its global presence – letting instead its beautifully designed and reliable models speak for themselves. The world has proven the stren...

 
2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe Realistically Portrayed Based on Latest Spy Shots
2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe Realistically Portrayed Based on Latest Spy Shots

The Munich-based luxury automaker is having a really tough time trying to keep its upcoming 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe under wraps – with reports swirling across social media of undisguised leaks. The hard-working spy photographers have also don...

 
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Awe Your C8 Chevrolet Corvette With These "Best Sounding" Exhaust Suites

Fitting a new exhaust to your car is always a good start for a tuning project. It could potentially improve performance, the looks and above everything else, the sound. Which is why many owners of the new C8 Corvette have been on the lookout for cu...

 
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Ken Block Tests the Lightspeed of 300k Lumens Strapped to SVC F-150 Raptor

Scientists, over the course of humanity’s long history, might have set out to find out before if there is such a thing as “too much light.” The simple answer is always yes – judging by the accounts of people who had the mish...

 
55-Year-Old Ford Bronco Shown Proper Respect With Five Adventure Concepts
55-Year-Old Ford Bronco Shown Proper Respect With Five Adventure Concepts

It's about one month since the beginning of the modern Ford Bronco’s golden. You might want to take that into consideration because the American automaker is focusing on a much larger anniversary – 55 years since the arrival of the...

 
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Lincoln Keeps North Americans Calm, Provides Balance Both On- and Off-Road

In this day and age, with an entire global health / economic crisis looming over our heads we could all use some more relaxation. Lincoln thinks the same and decided to partner with Calm, a leading mental fitness application, to offer a little more...

 
Is It Crazy to Love This Porsche Boxster Turned 1960s Naked F1 Car?
Is It Crazy to Love This Porsche Boxster Turned 1960s Naked F1 Car?

While some Porsche fans might be tempted to scream sacrilege, you better refrain yourself from expressing any dissatisfaction until the end – what we have here is a brilliant feat of engineering coming from a bored college student with a hist...

 
Facelifted Porsche Panamera Sets "New" Record on Nurburgring
Facelifted Porsche Panamera Sets "New" Record on Nurburgring

Apparently, July 24th was a great day for Porsche. They were casually enjoying an air temperature of just 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 Fahrenheit) as well as a Nurburgring Nordschleife track temperature of 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 F) alongside their ye...

 
First SpeedWeek Teaser Sees Toyota GR Yaris and Rally Driver Fooling Around
First SpeedWeek Teaser Sees Toyota GR Yaris and Rally Driver Fooling Around

You could think of the upcoming SpeedWeek as a cross between the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, but the setting is ripe for so much more. This is because due to social distancing restrictions the organizers decided the ...

 
2004 Saleen S7, One of Three in Beryllium Is Going Under the Hammer
2004 Saleen S7, One of Three in Beryllium Is Going Under the Hammer

We have seen a lot of vintage cars going to find new loving owners or collectors looking for a smart investment at this year’s upcoming summer Florida event. But how about something close to youngtimer status, a very rare 2004 Saleen S7 ...

 
2020 C8 Chevy Corvette to Pace Indianapolis 500, as per Tradition
2020 C8 Chevy Corvette to Pace Indianapolis 500, as per Tradition

Is there anyone who dared have a single shroud of doubt about the latest mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C8) not taking the mantle of official Pace Car at the 104th Indianapolis 500 race?! We could imagine seeing aliens during daylight...

 
Mercedes-Benz Shines the Ambient Spotlight on the 2021 S-Class Interior
Mercedes-Benz Shines the Ambient Spotlight on the 2021 S-Class Interior

Perhaps fearful of earlier mishaps when the prying eye of the Internet uncovered some of its models ahead of time, Mercedes-Benz has adopted the show it (almost) all willingly strategy when it comes to its crucial S-Class limousine. Thus, so f...

 
2021 Toyota Sequoia Nightshade is Pitch Black, TRD Pro Model Adopts Lunar Rock
2021 Toyota Sequoia Nightshade is Pitch Black, TRD Pro Model Adopts Lunar Rock

Choose your 2021 Toyota Sequoia lightsaber - you can go Darth Vader-style dark with the new Nightshade special edition, or perhaps you prefer to be a cosmic off-road rebel with the new Lunar Rock TRD Pro shade. No matter the choice, you will also f...

 
Now 125 Years Old, Skoda Is Ready for Next Design Evolution With Enyaq iV
Now 125 Years Old, Skoda Is Ready for Next Design Evolution With Enyaq iV

The official reveal date for the Enyaq iV is fast approaching – the automaker will be in Prague on September 1st to celebrate the introduction of its first fully electric vehicle. This new crossover is of course based on the VW Group’s ...

 
Jaguar E-Type 60 Collection Announced Prior to Major 2021 Anniversary
Jaguar E-Type 60 Collection Announced Prior to Major 2021 Anniversary

Back in March 1961 no one had any idea of the fame British automaker Jaguar would achieve thanks to its now-legendary E-Type series. But they did get a glimpse at stardom at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland just like we are right now when the a...

 
BMW Officially Confirms X1 EV, Group Aims for 7 Million Electrified Cars in 2030
BMW Officially Confirms X1 EV, Group Aims for 7 Million Electrified Cars in 2030

A new, decade-long strategy for sustainable mobility was presented recently by the BMW Group. The company claims renewed focus on the agreed Paris climate engagements and announced it has further devised its plans for expanding its electric mobilit...

 
This 1990 Defender Jumped Forward in Time to Become Arkonik's Teton D110
This 1990 Defender Jumped Forward in Time to Become Arkonik's Teton D110

We have no idea if this custom project from Arkonik means the company has decided to launch a Tet-like offensive on the vintage Land Rover Defender as possibly implied by the new “Teton” nameplate. But we are certain the D110 moniker do...

 
2021 Kia Stinger Facelift Packs Some Discreet Changes
2021 Kia Stinger Facelift Packs Some Discreet Changes

Here is the thing, ladies and gents from the design department of Kia Motors Corporation: we are now used to seeing spectacular entries from your company. The K5 is setting new styling benchmarks in the ailing sedan segment. In Europe, the Ceed fam...

 

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