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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.
2021 VW Polo GTI Is Here With 204 HP, 0–62 Mph in 6.5 Sec
2021 VW Polo GTI Is Here With 204 HP, 0–62 Mph in 6.5 Sec

30 Jun 2021, 09:18 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Volkswagen has officially dropped the veil off the 2021 Polo GTI, which follows in the footsteps of the facelifted sixth-generation that debuted back in April. Boasting a design inspired by its bigger sibling, the Golf GTI Mk8, the refreshed Pol...

 
2021 VW Polo GTI Hot Hatch Shows Sportier Styling in First Official Pics
2021 VW Polo GTI Hot Hatch Shows Sportier Styling in First Official Pics

30 Jun 2021, 08:26 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / We have already seen images of lightly camo’d prototypes of the 2021 Volkswagen Polo GTI in the open, yet these two have a more official nature. And for good reasons, as they were shared on LinkedIn by the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Chief E...

 
Genesis Officially Greets Europe With Huge 3D Projection in the Swiss Alps
Genesis Officially Greets Europe With Huge 3D Projection in the Swiss Alps

30 Jun 2021, 07:59 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Genesis has officially made its way to Europe. The Hyundai-owned luxury car brand aims to compete against the likes of Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Alfa Romeo in the Old Continent, with a range consisting of four models initially, two seda...

 
The Jummer Heep Is Part Hummer, Part Jeep, Totally Awkward
The Jummer Heep Is Part Hummer, Part Jeep, Totally Awkward

29 Jun 2021, 14:23 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / One has to be loaded to enjoy the best Hummer H1s (or Humvees) out there, because they’re not only great off-roaders that will put hair on your chest regardless of your gender, but pack more power than some of today’s supercars. Her...

 
2021 Jeep Renegade Celebrates Marvel’s Loki With New Impulse Edition
2021 Jeep Renegade Celebrates Marvel’s Loki With New Impulse Edition

29 Jun 2021, 13:35 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / After joining forces with BMW to showcase the 2022 X3 and 2-Series Gran Coupe in the new Black Widow movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Marvel has now teamed up with Jeep for a limited edition of the Renegade, which celebrates the launch of Loki o...

 
2021 Peugeot 308 Launched in the UK, Range-Topper Costs VW Golf R Money
2021 Peugeot 308 Launched in the UK, Range-Topper Costs VW Golf R Money

29 Jun 2021, 12:43 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Reborn under the Stellantis era, the new generation Peugeot 308 will start arriving in UK showrooms in December. In the meantime, the French automaker has released the pricing and specification of the compact hatchback range. The 2021 Peugeot 30...

 
Lexus LFA Supercars Hit the Track; Your New Ringtone Is Here!
Lexus LFA Supercars Hit the Track; Your New Ringtone Is Here!

29 Jun 2021, 12:36 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Arguably one of the best-sounding cars ever made, the Lexus LFA has left a great impression on those lucky enough to have driven it. And with production capped at just 500 units, not many can brag about putting the Japanese supercar through its pac...

 
$1.5 Million Ferrari F40 Thinks It’s a Rally Car, Goes Drifting on Dirt Track
$1.5 Million Ferrari F40 Thinks It’s a Rally Car, Goes Drifting on Dirt Track

29 Jun 2021, 10:11 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Regarded as one of the best Ferraris ever made, the F40 comes from an era when few people knew about ABS, and driver assistance systems had yet to be invented. Thus, whoever decided to put it through its paces needed to possess some proper driving ...

 
2023 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Imagined; Your Four-Pot BMW M3 Rival Is Almost Here
2023 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Imagined; Your Four-Pot BMW M3 Rival Is Almost Here

29 Jun 2021, 09:10 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The engine downsizing era has hit Mercedes-AMG like a train, as for the first time ever, the new generation C 63 will pack a small turbo-four, with electric assistance. In theory, it should be better than ever, though without a V8 under the hood to...

 
Chris Harris Buys Old Ferrari Mondial, Pays New VW Polo Money for It
Chris Harris Buys Old Ferrari Mondial, Pays New VW Polo Money for It

29 Jun 2021, 08:07 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The inevitable ban of cars powered by fossil fuels means that we should enjoy them while we still can. On this premise, Chris Harris went out and bought himself an old Ferrari Mondial, which he plans to use on a constant basis, and maybe drive it t...

 
Plasticky 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviewed; Good Buy or Goodbye?
Plasticky 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviewed; Good Buy or Goodbye?

28 Jun 2021, 14:09 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / It’s been a while since the official unveiling of the new generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but the automaker has finally allowed journos to inspect it up close. So, if you wanted to take a longer break, then you have come to the right place,...

 
2021 Citroen C3 Aircross Hits the UK Market With Gasoline and Diesel Power
2021 Citroen C3 Aircross Hits the UK Market With Gasoline and Diesel Power

28 Jun 2021, 12:46 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The Citroen C3 Aircross small crossover has went through a mid-life refresh earlier this year, and it’s now on sale in the United Kingdom, with three trim levels and three engines. Citroen’s local branch is asking a minimum of £...

 
Software Bug Sparks Lamborghini Huracan Recall in North America
Software Bug Sparks Lamborghini Huracan Recall in North America

28 Jun 2021, 11:36 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Certain owners of the Lamborghini Huracan may have experienced a software glitch that renders the backup camera useless in the United States, and the Italian automaker is now looking to address this issue. As a result, they have announced a recall ...

 
2024 Honda Prologue Electric SUV Announced for North America
2024 Honda Prologue Electric SUV Announced for North America

28 Jun 2021, 10:41 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Following the unveiling of the e: Prototype two months ago in China, Honda has taken another step into its zero-emission future by announcing the name of an electric SUV that will go on sale in North America in early 2024: the Prologue. The 2024...

 
Tesla Model S Plaid Runs 9.3s, Beats Supercars on the Way Home
Tesla Model S Plaid Runs 9.3s, Beats Supercars on the Way Home

28 Jun 2021, 10:10 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Just when we thought the Tesla Model S couldn’t surprise us anymore, having been in production since 2012, the Palo Alto company presented the jaw-dropping Plaid variant last fall. A true four-door electric supercar, the 2021 Tesla Model S...

 
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About the Millionth Toyota Tacoma Up for Grabs?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About the Millionth Toyota Tacoma Up for Grabs?

28 Jun 2021, 08:36 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The first Toyota Tacoma for the U.S. market rolled off the assembly line in early 1995. Fast forward 24 years, and the pickup truck hit the one-millionth mark, with the milestone vehicle leaving the company's San Antonio facility on October 4,...

 
BMW To Pull the Plug on the i3 for the U.S. Market Next Month?
BMW To Pull the Plug on the i3 for the U.S. Market Next Month?

28 Jun 2021, 07:52 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / In production since 2013, at the Leipzig plant in Germany, with a design signed by Richard Kim, who is also responsible for the Spyder version of the i8, first-gen X1, and Faraday Future FF 91, the BMW i3 is about to bite the dust in the Unite...

 
Dodge Charger Redeye Gets Owned by BMW X3 M, Crossover Is a 10-Second Car
Dodge Charger Redeye Gets Owned by BMW X3 M, Crossover Is a 10-Second Car

27 Jun 2021, 15:20 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye has more power available on tap than some modern supercars. However, it doesn’t really know how to handle all that oomph, and like its two-door siblings, the hot Challengers, it needs someone extremel...

 
Chevrolet Trailblazer, Buick Encore GX Recalled Over Dangerous Plastic Jack
Chevrolet Trailblazer, Buick Encore GX Recalled Over Dangerous Plastic Jack

27 Jun 2021, 14:50 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are conducting a recall for certain Chevrolet Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX crossovers in the United States, over something quite unusual. A bulletin released earli...

 
VW Dropping Gas- And Diesel-Powered Cars From Europe By 2035
VW Dropping Gas- And Diesel-Powered Cars From Europe By 2035

27 Jun 2021, 10:31 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Subsequent to the infamous Dieselgate scandal, the Volkswagen Group has reshuffled its lineup, with focus on launching more electrified vehicles. Now, the VW brand is looking to take a step beyond the ICE (internal combustion engine) line, as they ...

 

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