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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.

Since 2006, he’s been perfecting them at Automondial, Supercar, Cox, Autoshow, Autopro, Auto Motor & Sport, and more magazines plus their online versions. After driving some of the best and worst cars in Europe and around the world, he’s part of the autoevolution team, where he aims to develop his best-ever form.
Generational Porsche 911 Turbo Drag Race Is a Delight, Doesn't Matter Who Wins
Generational Porsche 911 Turbo Drag Race Is a Delight, Doesn't Matter Who Wins

30 Dec 2020, 08:11 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Read this in amazement: seven iterations of the Porsche Turbo series have gathered around for a quick shoot-out. Six are driven by famous racers; the seventh gets a surprise guest. A hint, he’s also involved with Porsche motorsport history. T...

 
10-Year-Old Uses Beat Up S-10 for Massive Burnout Under Parent Supervision
10-Year-Old Uses Beat Up S-10 for Massive Burnout Under Parent Supervision

29 Dec 2020, 12:37 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / There are burnouts, and then there are burnouts. And we don’t mean of the smoky or failed variety. Instead, let’s focus on what happens at a farm where daddy’s laid-back personality and great mechanical skills have turned him into...

 
See This '49 Hudson Rust Bucket Turn Into an LS3-Supercharged Custom Work of Art
See This '49 Hudson Rust Bucket Turn Into an LS3-Supercharged Custom Work of Art

29 Dec 2020, 11:28 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / If someone is looking for some proper 1940s American car flavor, Hudson’s largest and most luxurious model – the Commodore – easily fits the bill. Remember, Steve McQueen (a.k.a. the “King of Cool”) owned a Convertible...

 
Upcoming Volvo XC40 Coupe EV Is Easy to Imagine Based on Existing Lynk & Co 05
Upcoming Volvo XC40 Coupe EV Is Easy to Imagine Based on Existing Lynk & Co 05

29 Dec 2020, 10:29 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The Swedish automaker is among the most adamant adepts at reshaping its entire strategy around an electrified range. It has only one pure EV, the XC40 Recharge, along with lots of plug-in hybrids and a couple of modular architectures. What else do ...

 
ProCharger Teases Engine Bay Design of Its Supercharged C8 Chevrolet Corvette
ProCharger Teases Engine Bay Design of Its Supercharged C8 Chevrolet Corvette

29 Dec 2020, 09:44 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The good folks at ProCharger Superchargers are just about ready to finally showcase their supercharger upgrade system for the mid-engined C8 Chevrolet Corvette. After catching the first signs of upcoming tire punishment back in April, we have been ...

 
Take a Look at a Real Navy Pier Interior of the 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition
Take a Look at a Real Navy Pier Interior of the 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition

29 Dec 2020, 08:56 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Back in July, when the Blue Oval finally revealed the official looks of the 2021 Bronco, the overwhelming demand for First Edition versions of the 2-Door and 4-Door triggered an uptick in production. Because reservations closed very quickly, the mo...

 
Volkswagen Celebrates a Very Special 75th Anniversary, Care to Guess Which One?
Volkswagen Celebrates a Very Special 75th Anniversary, Care to Guess Which One?

29 Dec 2020, 08:08 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / It was December 27th, 1945, when series production for the VW Type 1 (a.k.a. the Käfer or Beetle, Bug, Coccinelle, etc.) kickstarted at the Volkswagen home plant in Wolfsburg. Originally envisioned as a major project during the days of Nazi Ge...

 
Spotted 2021 Ford Bronco Makes New Colorado ZR2 Owner Second Guess the Decision
Spotted 2021 Ford Bronco Makes New Colorado ZR2 Owner Second Guess the Decision

28 Dec 2020, 13:09 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Having to wait so much for the reinvented 2021 Ford Bronco (now the patience needs to stretch all the way to summer of 2021) has certainly been an asset... for the competition. Case in point, this particular Bronco enthusiast made the decision to g...

 
2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 Hits Intended Top Speed With Ease, Even on a Dreary Day
2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 Hits Intended Top Speed With Ease, Even on a Dreary Day

28 Dec 2020, 12:13 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The recently launched W223 generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class must contend to displaying just a list of six-cylinder engines under its long hood, at least for the time being. A V8 (of course, with mild hybrid 48V assistance) and a plug-in hybr...

 
Widebody 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Was AMG-Swapped and Speedster-Sprinkled
Widebody 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Was AMG-Swapped and Speedster-Sprinkled

28 Dec 2020, 11:17 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Mercedes-Benz has always been one of the world's top automakers, and some of its classic models easily stand testimony. But when inspiration strikes, even the company itself would probably turn out impressed by unique builds like this one righ...

 
Private Owner Turns BMW M2 Into a Real “Hommage” via M2 CSL Turbomeister Edition
Private Owner Turns BMW M2 Into a Real “Hommage” via M2 CSL Turbomeister Edition

28 Dec 2020, 10:05 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Back in 2016, the German automaker showcased at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este a "bite-the-back-of-your-hand M2 on steroids" concept – the 2002 Hommage. Then, for the year’s Pebble Beach Concours, the automak...

 
Stolen and Quickly Recovered 1967 Chevy Corvette Shows the Power of the Internet
Stolen and Quickly Recovered 1967 Chevy Corvette Shows the Power of the Internet

28 Dec 2020, 08:57 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The final year for the second-generation Chevrolet Corvette, 1967 proved to churn out some highly desirable red and black examples. No wonder they are popping out left and right at auction or become spectacular attempts at grand theft auto during C...

 
Volkswagen's Mobile Charging Robot Turns From Vision to Prototype Reality
Volkswagen's Mobile Charging Robot Turns From Vision to Prototype Reality

28 Dec 2020, 08:17 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Almost one year ago, Volkswagen Group Components – a subsidiary of the German carmaker – presented its vision of a world that was free from a looming struggle: the quest to find a free charging station port for electric cars. The answer...

 
Christmas Almost Done, Time to Pack All the Gifts Inside the Ford Bronco Sport
Christmas Almost Done, Time to Pack All the Gifts Inside the Ford Bronco Sport

26 Dec 2020, 12:15 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / With most of the attention focused on the 2-Door and 4-Door Broncos, it’s sometimes easy to forget about their more compact sibling, the Bronco Sport. With availability for the latter starting this very month, Ford is taking every opportunity...

 
Spotted 2021 Ford Bronco Puts On Actual Snow White Fenders and Running Boards
Spotted 2021 Ford Bronco Puts On Actual Snow White Fenders and Running Boards

26 Dec 2020, 11:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Since we’re currently enjoying the much-beloved holidays, we could easily say this Big Bend 4-Door 2021 Ford Bronco would have been a perfect fit as a replacement for Santa’s old sleigh. But we all know the Blue Oval is not letting the ...

 
Vintage 1986 Ford Bronco Rolls With Custom Monster Truck Vibes and Crate Engine
Vintage 1986 Ford Bronco Rolls With Custom Monster Truck Vibes and Crate Engine

26 Dec 2020, 06:05 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Today, Ford Bronco fans can be divided into a couple of large categories. There are aficionados who are patiently waiting for the Blue Oval to settle everything and start deliveries of the reinvented 2021 Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door sometime next summ...

 
GM Design Shares Holiday Celebration Beauty Pics of Long Past, We Dig the 'Vette
GM Design Shares Holiday Celebration Beauty Pics of Long Past, We Dig the 'Vette

25 Dec 2020, 13:40 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Feeling a vintage automotive craving this Christmas? Then let’s step back in time with some Insta shots of past holiday celebration arrangements from the GM Design archive. Yes, we know that usually, the automaker's social media presence...

 
Venom 1000 Race Red Shelby GT500 Delivers a Roaring Hennessey Christmas Cheer
Venom 1000 Race Red Shelby GT500 Delivers a Roaring Hennessey Christmas Cheer

25 Dec 2020, 12:00 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Do you really need a big setup for the traditional Christmas photocard? Not really, if you’re a Texas tuning powerhouse (and small-series automaker) and you just happen to have a Race Red Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 lying around. One that was t...

 
This Half Toyota Tacoma Could Take Care of All Overlanding Needs and Then Some
This Half Toyota Tacoma Could Take Care of All Overlanding Needs and Then Some

25 Dec 2020, 09:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Just like 2020 in its entirety, this Christmas is a little different. With social responsibility still in full swing, we should refrain from big gatherings. And, oddly enough, a SEMA build from Toyota is giving us merry ideas of overlanding in the ...

 
The “Rally Professor” Received a Not-So-MINI Advent Present, We Want One As Well
The “Rally Professor” Received a Not-So-MINI Advent Present, We Want One As Well

24 Dec 2020, 08:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Famously known as the “Rally Professor,” Rauno Aaltonen is the Finnish driver who settled the case in terms of motorsport fame in a classic British car way back in 1967. He was one of “the three musketeers,” alongside Paddy ...

 

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