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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.
Stig Inserts Another Drift Coin, Takes the Ariel Atom 4 on a Slightly Wet Course
Stig Inserts Another Drift Coin, Takes the Ariel Atom 4 on a Slightly Wet Course

11 Jan 2021, 13:34 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / His costume adorns one of the displays at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire, UK. His identity is still unknown because he’s got a tendency to get reinvented every time British racing drivers like McCarthy and Collins think it&r...

 
Ice White 1994 Mustang GT Pays Tribute to Saleen With Ford Racing Engine-Swap
Ice White 1994 Mustang GT Pays Tribute to Saleen With Ford Racing Engine-Swap

11 Jan 2021, 12:42 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / It’s true that we don’t hear that often about Saleen lately, but that doesn’t mean the specialty high-performance sports car and aftermarket parts manufacturer has lost any of its appeal. After all, it does have a comprehensive li...

 
BMW Marks the iDrive's 20th Anniversary With CES Preview of Next-Generation UX
BMW Marks the iDrive's 20th Anniversary With CES Preview of Next-Generation UX

11 Jan 2021, 11:15 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / This year, the now-classic CES won’t take place physically in Las Vegas; instead, the event had to adhere to 2020’s principles of entirely moving to the online realm. Still, from January 11th to 14th, we’re going to be treated to ...

 
Superformance Shelby Daytona Coupe Was Turned Into a Proper “Lady” by Chip Foose
Superformance Shelby Daytona Coupe Was Turned Into a Proper “Lady” by Chip Foose

11 Jan 2021, 10:31 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The original Shelby Daytona Coupe – built in just six examples – is one of the most important pieces of motorsport history for the Blue Oval. It was created just prior to Caroll Shellby’s refocus on the Ford GT40 project for the 2...

 
Early 2021 Tesla Sentry Mode Footage Has It All, Including Space Rocket Launch
Early 2021 Tesla Sentry Mode Footage Has It All, Including Space Rocket Launch

11 Jan 2021, 09:08 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / We all know that Tesla’s Sentry Mode has always been about adding that extra layer of protection “by continuously monitoring the environment around a car when it’s left unattended.” With its built-in cameras and alarm mode, ...

 
Check out a 2021 C8 Corvette Silver Flare With 007 Plate and a Red Mist HTC
Check out a 2021 C8 Corvette Silver Flare With 007 Plate and a Red Mist HTC

11 Jan 2021, 08:16 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / What else can a C7 Corvette owner do when he’s feeling a bit restless because he’s got nothing to do on a cloudy day? Why, it’s only logical: start the ‘Vette for a little rumbling, then hop inside the other car (a Mercedes)...

 
Nox E-Volution 2.0 e-Bikes Are a Bit Like Bundling Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide
Nox E-Volution 2.0 e-Bikes Are a Bit Like Bundling Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide

9 Jan 2021, 11:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Nox Cycles is a Berlin-based bicycle brand that initially aimed to make a name for itself in the competitive segment of gravity bikes. It has since ended up making its moniker known in the premium niche of electric drive bikes. Interestingly, the c...

 
Ultra-Rare 1954 Ferrari 375 America Coupe by Vignale Comes Out of Hiding
Ultra-Rare 1954 Ferrari 375 America Coupe by Vignale Comes Out of Hiding

9 Jan 2021, 10:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / How rare do you need to be to obtain a high-exclusivity mark? Does belonging to a 12-unit model series qualify? If not, how about going down to just three examples of the coupe variety? These questions are probably far from troubling the mind of th...

 
Tailor Made Ferrari 812 Superfast Shows Elegant Take on the Customization Genre
Tailor Made Ferrari 812 Superfast Shows Elegant Take on the Customization Genre

9 Jan 2021, 09:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Although the Ferrari 812 Superfast front mid-engined RWD grand tourer isn’t exactly new anymore, the Maranello-based luxury sports car manufacturer knows very well how to spice up the relationship with its customers. And the Tailor Made divis...

 
“Project YammaMini” Is a Classic Mini Getting Yamaha R1 Engine Swap
“Project YammaMini” Is a Classic Mini Getting Yamaha R1 Engine Swap

9 Jan 2021, 08:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Here’s a rather big example that if you put your mind to it, nothing is quite impossible; it’s just a case of surmounting obstacles. Sure, dimensionally, this project doesn’t stretch too far. After all, we’re dealing with a ...

 
Stanced 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 CE Coupe Looks Rusty in the UK Countryside
Stanced 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 CE Coupe Looks Rusty in the UK Countryside

9 Jan 2021, 07:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Anyone who’s ever been involved with a classic car knows very well that rust is among the worst enemies of an automobile. But what about specifically making your car seem rusty and claiming the reddish brown looks as an integral part of the d...

 
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Gets Quick Trackhawk Ultra-SUV Mutation
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Gets Quick Trackhawk Ultra-SUV Mutation

8 Jan 2021, 14:05 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Currently, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering some of the fastest family and work stuff haulers out there. The 2021 Ram TRX took the high-performance pickup crown with 702 ponies, while the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat snatched the title of &l...

 
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Dealer Asks a Fortune After Complete Restoration
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Dealer Asks a Fortune After Complete Restoration

8 Jan 2021, 13:27 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Entering the exclusive club of Boss 429 Mustang owners has always been a high-stakes, high-reward affair. After all, we have seen examples go above their estimates at many auctions, selling quite recently for close to $350k. You’re not h...

 
2021 Ford Bronco Shows Engine “Octopus” in Factory Close-Ups of Chassis Goodies
2021 Ford Bronco Shows Engine “Octopus” in Factory Close-Ups of Chassis Goodies

8 Jan 2021, 12:19 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / With all the hype surrounding the reinvented rock-crawling SUV, Ford definitely doesn’t need any more slip-ups when dealing with the 2021 Bronco. The fact that production has been allegedly delayed until the early days of March and the first ...

 
2021 Tesla Model Y Standard Range Is Cheapest at $41,990, EPA Drops to 244 Miles
2021 Tesla Model Y Standard Range Is Cheapest at $41,990, EPA Drops to 244 Miles

8 Jan 2021, 11:32 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / We have repeatedly seen how fans know very well anything that moves inside Tesla’s EV world, so we’re not surprised that first impressions are already in on the introduction of the 2021 Model Y Standard Range. And, of course, they also ...

 
Toyota and BHP Create an EV Series 70 Land Cruiser to Work the Mines Down Under
Toyota and BHP Create an EV Series 70 Land Cruiser to Work the Mines Down Under

8 Jan 2021, 10:42 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Just about ready to celebrate 70 years of continued existence, Toyota's longest-running series of models is also the second-oldest SUV in automotive history – after the Chevrolet Suburban. And what better way to celebrate the anniversary...

 
Cadillac Used Blockbuster Experts to Help Design the Lyriq's New User Experience
Cadillac Used Blockbuster Experts to Help Design the Lyriq's New User Experience

8 Jan 2021, 09:57 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Its first fully-electric crossover, the Lyriq is a big milestone for Cadillac, bringing a brand-new design identity for the iconic marque, 300+ miles (more than 483 km) of range, as well as a high-tech interior that follows the trendy style of the ...

 
1956 Ford Thunderbird Dressed Up in Colonial White Was Restored by Amos Minter
1956 Ford Thunderbird Dressed Up in Colonial White Was Restored by Amos Minter

8 Jan 2021, 09:21 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Winter has been here for a while in the Northern Hemisphere, so it’s probably time to plan in advance for the upcoming summer season. Even better, with this snow-white 1956 T-Bird, you could enjoy both the frightful season and those times whe...

 
2022 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Finally Arrive in Blackwing Format on February 1st
2022 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Finally Arrive in Blackwing Format on February 1st

8 Jan 2021, 08:25 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The premium U.S. automaker first presented the CT4 and CT5 back in 2019 as replacements for the slow-selling ATS and CTS series. Their feisty derivatives, the CT4-V and CT5-V, were displayed back-to-back late May that same year, and we have been wa...

 
MBUX Hyperscreen Comes Forward to Herald the Arrival of the Mercedes-Benz EQS
MBUX Hyperscreen Comes Forward to Herald the Arrival of the Mercedes-Benz EQS

7 Jan 2021, 14:08 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Come 2022, Mercedes-Benz will have unveiled a total of six new EV family members for the EQ sub-brand. As far as we can tell, the first to come rolling down the red carpet will be the little EQA, scheduled for a January 20th appearance in front of ...

 

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