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Cristian Gnaticov

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Growing up in the communist regime, little Cristian knew the local cars, whose models you could count using the fingers on one hand, by their sound. Scale models were a luxury back then, so he turned to old magazines for glimpses of famous models sold in the West.

Shortly after the regime fell, he started school and got his first four-wheeled toys. Not long after, he experienced the "brute force" of an old Dacia (long before the current Renault era) far away from public roads - and he instantly knew that his life won't have any meaning for the next 10 years or so, when he could get his license and take on the roads on his own.

As years slowly passed, his father started teaching him the basic parking and turning maneuvers. And before he knew it, he turned 18 and got his prized license.

He spent the next few years going to car meets and the occasional drag race, as part of local clubs, and when he finished school and started earning his first money, he knew what he had to do: modify an old Dacia (his first true love) and go rallying.

So the arduous process began. Finding a good engine, transmission and suspension, upgrading the brakes and reinforcing the chassis. An old Renault 5 Alpine supplied the power unit, whereas the suspension and brakes came from a Dacia factory rally car.

Countless sleepless nights later, his baby was almost ready to hit the asphalt, gravel and other fun surfaces. Unfortunately, a string of events that included a garage fire, among others, killed his dream. So, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living, and the rest is history.

He worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
You Won’t Believe How Many Cars GM Sold in China in Q2, 2021
You Won’t Believe How Many Cars GM Sold in China in Q2, 2021

6 Jul 2021, 12:05 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / China is the largest car market globally, and every major player fights for a big piece of the pie. General Motors (GM) has already solidified its presence in the People’s Republic, through local joint ventures, and it did quite amazing for i...

 
Make Room for the Manhart RQ 900, a 905 HP Audi RS Q8
Make Room for the Manhart RQ 900, a 905 HP Audi RS Q8

6 Jul 2021, 10:47 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Manhart has presented its latest project, a modded Audi RS Q8 that bears the RQ 900 unofficial nomenclature, and is much more powerful than its Mediterranean cousin, the Lamborghini Urus. First and foremost, the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 has recei...

 
2021 Toyota Yaris Cross Enters Production in Europe, Deliveries Kicking Off Soon
2021 Toyota Yaris Cross Enters Production in Europe, Deliveries Kicking Off Soon

6 Jul 2021, 10:13 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Production of the 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross has officially kicked off at the Valenciennes factory, in France. The site, which has received a €400 million ($554 million) cash injection and is home to almost 5,000 employees, also makes the regular...

 
2022 BMW 4 Series GC Ready To Take Australia by Storm, Priced at AU$75,900
2022 BMW 4 Series GC Ready To Take Australia by Storm, Priced at AU$75,900

6 Jul 2021, 09:01 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The second generation BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (GC) will officially touch down in Australia in the fourth quarter of the year. Meanwhile, the German auto company has released the pricing and specification for the range, which comprises of three mode...

 
America, This Is Your All-New 2023 Kia Sportage Compact SUV
America, This Is Your All-New 2023 Kia Sportage Compact SUV

6 Jul 2021, 08:16 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Officially previewed last month, the 2023 Kia Sportage has now been detailed, with the Korean automaker announcing the specification of its all-new compact SUV, which shares the N3 platform with the latest Hyundai Tucson. The fifth generation Ki...

 
Porsche Fitted the 911 (992) With Wrong Passenger Seats, Now It’s Recalling Them
Porsche Fitted the 911 (992) With Wrong Passenger Seats, Now It’s Recalling Them

5 Jul 2021, 17:14 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Americans who were planning on taking a road trip in their new Porsche 911s toward the end of August will have to reschedule, because the German automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are conducting a recall for th...

 
Peugeot 206 Dog Snatching Edition Doesn’t Want To Be Seen
Peugeot 206 Dog Snatching Edition Doesn’t Want To Be Seen

5 Jul 2021, 15:20 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Man’s best friend has been caught sniffing the private parts of what used to be a Peugeot 206 on the World Wide Web, to the delight of the virtual crowd, the majority of which found it to look like a lifesize version of a Hot Wheels...

 
V8-Powered Mercedes V-Class Drag Races Corvette, McLaren; Destruction Ensues
V8-Powered Mercedes V-Class Drag Races Corvette, McLaren; Destruction Ensues

5 Jul 2021, 14:03 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The first things that come to mind when thinking of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class are probably comfortable, luxurious, and pricey. However, this particular MPV is a true rocket in straight-line acceleration, so it put its money where its mouth is by ta...

 
Here’s How an Old Car Handles the Moose Test Under the Modern Standards
Here’s How an Old Car Handles the Moose Test Under the Modern Standards

5 Jul 2021, 12:26 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Back in 1999, Teknikens Varld subjected the Citroen Xantia to the moose test, completing it with an 85 kph (53 mph) entry speed. Since then, the old D-segment car has been praised by enthusiasts for its incredible achievement – after all, it ...

 
FCA Sold 16 Zombie Cars in Q2, 2021, and No Vipers Were Among Them
FCA Sold 16 Zombie Cars in Q2, 2021, and No Vipers Were Among Them

5 Jul 2021, 11:04 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / If there was a prize for selling discontinued cars on a constant basis, then Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) would probably grab it again, as they managed to part ways with 16 such rides in the second quarter of the year. Among the zombie vehic...

 
Bugatti? What Bugatti? Meet the World’s Fastest Audi RS7! (Allegedly)
Bugatti? What Bugatti? Meet the World’s Fastest Audi RS7! (Allegedly)

5 Jul 2021, 10:57 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Up until a few years ago, four-digit outputs were reserved for the most exclusive vehicles on the planet. However, the significant advancements in powertrain development have allowed more machines to scratch the 1,000 HP surface, despite the downsi...

 
2021 Fiat 500e Electric Supermini Ventures Outside Europe, Arrives in Israel
2021 Fiat 500e Electric Supermini Ventures Outside Europe, Arrives in Israel

5 Jul 2021, 08:32 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The all-new, third-gen Fiat 500, which is now fully electric, has taken its first steps outside Europe, officially arriving in Israel over the weekend. Its first venture outside the Old Continent, which also coincided with the 64th anniversary ...

 
2021 Genesis G80 Sport Debuts With Enhanced Looks, Rear Wheel Steering
2021 Genesis G80 Sport Debuts With Enhanced Looks, Rear Wheel Steering

5 Jul 2021, 07:42 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Having launched in Europe, Genesis is now getting ready to expand its G80 model lineup with a new variant, dubbed the G80 Sport. Set to officially arrive at dealers in the third quarter of the year, the 2021 Genesis G80 Sport brings exclusive lo...

 
Tuned VW Golf R Learns What Bougie Means, in a Good Way
Tuned VW Golf R Learns What Bougie Means, in a Good Way

4 Jul 2021, 10:38 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The new generation Volkswagen Golf R is already quite potent without anyone messing with its internals. Nevertheless, ABT Sportsline decided that it needs more power and other stuff, so they set to work, releasing their upgrade kit just recently. ...

 
This 2002 VW Golf GTI Mk4 Has EIGHT Miles From New, and Is for Sale
This 2002 VW Golf GTI Mk4 Has EIGHT Miles From New, and Is for Sale

4 Jul 2021, 08:54 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Don’t fancy the latest Volkswagen Golf GTI, with its tech-festooned cockpit and lots of safety features, nor the previous three generations either, for that matter? Well, then, you are definitely in the right place, at the right time, because...

 
Kahn’s Flying Huntsman 6x6 Could Be Your LR Defender Summer Companion For $700k
Kahn’s Flying Huntsman 6x6 Could Be Your LR Defender Summer Companion For $700k

4 Jul 2021, 06:44 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Anyone who can afford to spend over half a million dollars on a set of wheels is spoiled for choice. But if you’re going to blow that much on a vehicle, then it should put a big smile on your face every time you turn the key in the ignition (...

 
Jaguar E-Type V12 Restomod Is the Perfect Cure for Your Classic Car Itch
Jaguar E-Type V12 Restomod Is the Perfect Cure for Your Classic Car Itch

3 Jul 2021, 11:24 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / British classic sports car restorer E-Type UK has introduced the Unleashed sub-brand, which is dedicated to reimagining the iconic Jaguar E-Type with modern amenities. Their first project is a Jaguar E-Type Series 3, with tweaked looks, several mod...

 
BMW’s Grille Designer Would Approve of the Mansory Mercedes-Benz V-Class Tune
BMW’s Grille Designer Would Approve of the Mansory Mercedes-Benz V-Class Tune

3 Jul 2021, 09:38 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Like it or not, besides the electrification trend forced upon the automotive industry, modern cars are mostly about huge grilles and big screens inside, with things such as comfort and build quality falling dramatically over the last few years. ...

 
Americans Love European Hypercars, the US Has Become Bugatti’s Largest Market
Americans Love European Hypercars, the US Has Become Bugatti’s Largest Market

2 Jul 2021, 09:25 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / With 500 units of the Chiron to be built in total, joined by high-end exotics such as the Divo and Centodieci, and one-off La Voiture Noire, Bugatti does not usually release sales numbers. However, they have just announced that the United States ha...

 
2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Leather Package Costs VW Passat Money in the UK
2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Leather Package Costs VW Passat Money in the UK

2 Jul 2021, 09:24 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has officially launched in the United Kingdom. The luxo-barge is offered in three versions, dubbed the S 580 4Matic, S 580 4Matic First Class, and S 680 4Matic First Class. The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580 4Matic...

 

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