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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.
Porsche Cayenne Gets a Slightly "Restrained" Mansory Treatment
Porsche Cayenne Gets a Slightly "Restrained" Mansory Treatment

16 Sep 2020, 09:58 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / With a name that certainly bodes well for a luxury tuner, Kourosh Mansory set up shop back in 1989 to show the entire world his passion for exotic cars in general, and British luxury models in particular. He quickly made a name for his company with...

 
30 Porsche Taycans Can Take Juice From 3.2-MW Turbo Charging Truck Trailer
30 Porsche Taycans Can Take Juice From 3.2-MW Turbo Charging Truck Trailer

16 Sep 2020, 09:00 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Whenever you buy a premium or an exotic car, the vehicle is usually just part of the package – you can end up paying for an entire experience. Automakers know there are big bucks to be had from this sort of projects, so they go to great lengt...

 
Famous Vlogger Drives Koenigsegg One of One Agera Final Edition, Hits 186 MPH
Famous Vlogger Drives Koenigsegg One of One Agera Final Edition, Hits 186 MPH

16 Sep 2020, 08:08 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / We all know very well some folks are luckier than others – but even Tim Burton, known professionally as Shmee150, was acting more excited than usual considering his latest encounter in Munich, Germany. He was there to attend the launch event ...

 
Nissan Z Proto Is Here as V6 Design Study Eyeing Both Past and Future
Nissan Z Proto Is Here as V6 Design Study Eyeing Both Past and Future

16 Sep 2020, 07:07 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / A Japanese automaker with a seemingly natural ability to discover new roads and usher in unknown automotive segments, Nissan seems to have had an easier job coming up with a concept evolution of its well-known Z sports car. Still, we can bet a few ...

 
Audi Saves the Planet One A3 Sportback at the Time, Now Again Available With CNG
Audi Saves the Planet One A3 Sportback at the Time, Now Again Available With CNG

15 Sep 2020, 13:36 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / You can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions without having to hustle with electrification – just opt out of diesel and gasoline in favor of natural gas. And one of the sensible choices would be to select the compressed natural gas options, w...

 
Lumma CLR LD Previews Street-Tough Credentials for the British Off-Road Expert
Lumma CLR LD Previews Street-Tough Credentials for the British Off-Road Expert

15 Sep 2020, 12:55 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / British automakers are not exactly keen on breaking up with tradition, but Land Rover did trespass into uncharted territory with their first all-new Defender L663 series. Say what you will about breaking up the lineage that could be traced all the ...

 
Cupra Has a Very Special Garage in Europe, Shelters new Extreme E Showcar
Cupra Has a Very Special Garage in Europe, Shelters new Extreme E Showcar

15 Sep 2020, 12:10 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The Spanish automaker’s high-performance motorsport division-turned independent brand has been expanding tremendously during a noticeably short period of time, but it still keeps an eye on actual competitions. And now it’s on the verge ...

 
Perfect Luxury Christmas Gift: 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Starts at €93,438
Perfect Luxury Christmas Gift: 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Starts at €93,438

15 Sep 2020, 11:18 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / While the teaser campaign for the unveiling of the seventh iteration of the ubiquitous premium sedan has been long and zealous, the market introduction in Europe will be shorter and sweeter for eager customers. The German automaker has already anno...

 
Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Walk-Through Is All About the Purest Experience
Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Walk-Through Is All About the Purest Experience

15 Sep 2020, 10:04 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Just 40 lucky customers of the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer will get the chance to experience the company’s latest project – the Essenza SCV12 track monster. But the automaker is keen on emphasizing that we are not merely deal...

 
2021 Jaguar F-Pace Revamps the Cockpit With Pivi Experience, Is Electrified
2021 Jaguar F-Pace Revamps the Cockpit With Pivi Experience, Is Electrified

15 Sep 2020, 09:14 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / No one can deny that modern UK automakers make stylish automobiles, and Jaguar Land Rover has specifically taken upon themselves to try and lead the action in the crossover, SUV, and off-roading department as well. With an accent on the former, the...

 
2021 Hyundai Tucson Arrives as Hot-Designed, Tech-Laden, Revolutionary SUV
2021 Hyundai Tucson Arrives as Hot-Designed, Tech-Laden, Revolutionary SUV

15 Sep 2020, 08:27 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Compact Sport Utility Vehicles have tremendously grown in importance over the years to the point that Hyundai is relying on the Tucson as its most important – and top-selling – vehicle on a worldwide level. As such, it was imperative fo...

 
Vestigial 2021 Opel Insignia Now in Production, Prices Kick Off at €29,965
Vestigial 2021 Opel Insignia Now in Production, Prices Kick Off at €29,965

15 Sep 2020, 06:48 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The Rüsselsheim-based automaker has been a staple of the General Motors international power for exactly 88 years, and back in 2017 when the Opel Insignia became its flagship passenger car things were a bit different. The change of ownership to...

 
Renting a Porsche Taycan for Three Hours Costs 193 Euros ($229) in Germany
Renting a Porsche Taycan for Three Hours Costs 193 Euros ($229) in Germany

14 Sep 2020, 13:38 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The world has greatly evolved from the days when General Motors was proposing the EV1 as the world’s first purpose-built,  mass-market EV made by a global automaker. We have since reached the point where an all-electric sedan can potenti...

 
Aston Martin AMR-C01 Is a Racing Sim That's More Expensive Than a 2020 GT500!
Aston Martin AMR-C01 Is a Racing Sim That's More Expensive Than a 2020 GT500!

14 Sep 2020, 12:52 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The worldwide lockdown from 2020 has taught us many lessons – and one of the most important for those with lots of money and free time is that you can never have enough gadgets to play with. Many companies have taken upon themselves to resolv...

 
2021 RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid Is Even More Efficient Than Toyota Originally Said
2021 RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid Is Even More Efficient Than Toyota Originally Said

14 Sep 2020, 12:24 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / American customers have been enjoying the Camry TRD-fast Toyota RAV4 Prime for enough time to entice the Japanese automaker to expand availability of the PHEV compact crossover SUV to the Old Continent as well. They’re not exactly ready to al...

 
1994 Porsche 911 Is a Desirable Air-Cooled Cabriolet with Purist Stick Shifter
1994 Porsche 911 Is a Desirable Air-Cooled Cabriolet with Purist Stick Shifter

14 Sep 2020, 11:15 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Trying to balance vintage styling with close to modern performance and increased reliability is a tough act when buying a vehicle. Some go for the near-classic cars of the 1990s, and if you’re fan of the period you might want to try and snatc...

 
2021 Hyundai Tucson Renders Show Three Angles, Chevy Blazer, Lambo Urus Cues
2021 Hyundai Tucson Renders Show Three Angles, Chevy Blazer, Lambo Urus Cues

14 Sep 2020, 09:45 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The South Korean automaker is preparing the red carpet for the new generation compact SUV and is keeping both virtual artists and spy photographers appropriately busy. And we know the camouflaged prototypes are not what they used to be in the age o...

 
2021 Ford Bronco 3D Model Lets Non-Factory Hues Loose
2021 Ford Bronco 3D Model Lets Non-Factory Hues Loose

14 Sep 2020, 08:38 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Not long ago, Ford presented an entire family – the Bronco Sport, plus the 2-Door and 4-Door – for the reimagined off-roader. The “smaller” crossover is almost upon us, with reservations open and availability scheduled by th...

 
Jamiroquai's Jay Kay Goes Vintage TopazSkin Transformation on Porsche GT3
Jamiroquai's Jay Kay Goes Vintage TopazSkin Transformation on Porsche GT3

14 Sep 2020, 07:49 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / High performance goes hand in hand with one specific German sports car manufacturer, especially when said company decides to emulate motorsport activities out on the open street. There are so many stories about the famous Porsche 911 GT3 that one m...

 
Hyundai Soapbox Is an Affordable DIY Project for Family and Friends
Hyundai Soapbox Is an Affordable DIY Project for Family and Friends

14 Sep 2020, 06:41 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Having fun is one of life’s greatest gifts – you could enjoy yourself alone, or next to friends and family while sharing simple things such as a bagel. Or you could fill your time with more complicated things, such as building a Hyundai...

 

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