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.
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Off-Road-Ready 1995 Defender 130 Is a France Import, Hides a Nasty V8 Secret

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Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta on Satin Black HREs Looks Perfect for Summer Madness

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Unique Keyvany Hayula Qatar Edition Is a Straight-Piped, 750-HP Cullinan Monster

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Lowered, Creamy BMW M3 Touring Shares Thoughts on Digitally-Contrasting Aerodiscs

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Lately, the rumor mill has been running rampant with unofficial news about the upcoming successor of the N300 third-generation Toyota Tacoma mid-size pickup truck. But what about its SUV sibling? Well, if an all-new iteration of the king of ...

 
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Now that Honda has finally unveiled the more mature, more powerful (yet still mysterious) 2023 Civic Type R Hot Hatch, everyone is trying to join in on the high-performance party, especially virtual automotive artists. Naturally, given its e...

 
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Battered Mustang Drags Turbo Pickup for Big Pot, Massive Wheelie Gets in the Way

While many Blue Oval fans are still expecting the company to finally unveil the latest and (arguably) greatest seventh-generation Ford Mustang, others have ‘quietly’ settled into an older lifestyle. Well, sort of. Since we are de...

 
Digital 2023 Honda Civic Type R 2-Door Coupe Looks Better Than Acura’s Integra
Digital 2023 Honda Civic Type R 2-Door Coupe Looks Better Than Acura’s Integra

Sometimes our passions get the better of us, even if the entire world is focused on something entirely different. And that is certainly valid for automotive virtual artists, as well. A case in point to be made here is with Jim, the virtual a...

 
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705-Mile 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo SS Is an Original, Numbers Matching Aerocoupe

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Juicy Ferrari 812 Superfast Gains Ample Styling Points via Vintage HRE 501 Wheels

Usually, for a Ferrari to be properly voluptuous, it is dressed up in various shades of crimson. Alas, there are a few juicy exceptions that can subtly marry the chrome and blue shades of the world. Such might be the case with this stunning ...

 
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Swanky, Lowered Ford Everest Has Big Aftermarket Wheels, Is Short of “Shadow” Build

While Americans are musing about the pricing and horsepower difference between Ram’s 1500 TRX and the first-ever 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R, other folks can only think of one Blue Oval SUV. Even if only virtually. Meet Nikita Chuicko, th...

 
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Chevy Camaro SS EV Adopts 2024 Blazer EV Styling, Prepares for a Zero Emissions Age

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