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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.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Enters Production in Alabama
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Enters Production in Alabama

23 Jun 2021, 08:31 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Subsequent to its official debut earlier this year, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz has entered production in the United States, at the company’s factory in Alabama. The pickup, which is Hyundai’s first open-bed vehicle for the North Ame...

 
2022 Audi RS3 Sportback Drops All Camo in Digital Illustrations
2022 Audi RS3 Sportback Drops All Camo in Digital Illustrations

22 Jun 2021, 14:41 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Audi Sport has recently previewed the new generation RS3, and in the meantime, its skin has been digitally peeled off, with a decent dose of Photoshop. Signed by Reichel Design, the renderings portray the 2022 Audi RS3 Sportback with a slightly ...

 
The Ferrari 488 Pista Is a Dream Car, but Would Tiff Needell Buy One?
The Ferrari 488 Pista Is a Dream Car, but Would Tiff Needell Buy One?

22 Jun 2021, 13:19 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Ferrari sounded the death knell for the 488 two years ago, and with it, they also buried the 488 Pista. However, since they have yet to launch a hardcore variant of the F8, which is the 488’s direct replacement, Tiff Needell decided to revisi...

 
Lancia’s New E-Scooter Is a More Exciting Product Than the Old Ypsilon Supermini
Lancia’s New E-Scooter Is a More Exciting Product Than the Old Ypsilon Supermini

22 Jun 2021, 12:13 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Everyone and their pet knows Lancia’s sad story, which went from dominating the world of rallying and making exciting cars, such as the Delta Integrale, 037, Fulvia and Stratos, to having a single-vehicle lineup, which has remained pretty muc...

 
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Is an Insect Killer, Hits 273 Mph During Testing
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Is an Insect Killer, Hits 273 Mph During Testing

22 Jun 2021, 09:37 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Bugatti has kicked off the final testing phase of the spectacular Chiron Super Sport, a few weeks after its official unveiling. Conducted over several days, the tests saw various parameters modified by the Molsheim company’s engineers, fr...

 
2021 Genesis G70 Shooting Brake Heading to Goodwood to Take on the Hill Climb
2021 Genesis G70 Shooting Brake Heading to Goodwood to Take on the Hill Climb

22 Jun 2021, 08:33 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Hyundai’s luxury car brand Genesis will take Europe by storm this summer. Order books will soon open for the G80 and GV80, and will be followed by the G70 and GV70. The lineup will grow to include the recently unveiled G70 Shooting Brake,...

 
2022 Hyundai Elantra N Drops Camo, Shows Sporty Styling in a Premiere
2022 Hyundai Elantra N Drops Camo, Shows Sporty Styling in a Premiere

22 Jun 2021, 07:48 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / We have seen official pictures of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N since last year. Nevertheless, while those featured camouflaged prototypes, which some YouTubers got to test out, the latest ones show a pre-production example with no vinyl stickers on i...

 
2022 Toyota GR Supra U.S. Commercial Is a Tale of Haze and Grocery Shopping
2022 Toyota GR Supra U.S. Commercial Is a Tale of Haze and Grocery Shopping

21 Jun 2021, 13:13 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / This is how Toyota chose to promote the 2022 GR Supra in the United States, and we have to admit that it is one of the best car commercials we have seen in a while. Sprinkled with some funny behind-the-scenes-like shots that try to portray it as...

 
Land Rover Defender's Taillights Aren't Sunproof, Recall Issued in the U.S.
Land Rover Defender's Taillights Aren't Sunproof, Recall Issued in the U.S.

21 Jun 2021, 12:49 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The new generation Land Rover Defender won’t be working on its tan this summer, as the British automaker has issued a recall for certain 2020-2022 model year trucks in the United States and federalized territories. Conducted together with ...

 
VW Wanted to Buy Alfa Romeo And Give It Porsche Power, FCA Said No
VW Wanted to Buy Alfa Romeo And Give It Porsche Power, FCA Said No

21 Jun 2021, 10:32 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Could you imagine a car world where the Volkswagen Group would own Alfa Romeo? Well, regardless of your answer, the German conglomerate did, as they tried to acquire the Italian auto brand last decade. The first attempt in this direction was mad...

 
Video: 2021 VW ID.4 Is Wild at Heart, Proves Impossible to Tame in Moose Test
Video: 2021 VW ID.4 Is Wild at Heart, Proves Impossible to Tame in Moose Test

21 Jun 2021, 09:24 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Let’s just say you won’t be avoiding any moose in the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4, as the German electric compact crossover has become the latest vehicle to fail the dreaded challenge. Set loose between the cones by Km77, the 2021 ID.4 rev...

 
Is This a More Hardcore Toyota GR Yaris Testing at the Nurburgring?
Is This a More Hardcore Toyota GR Yaris Testing at the Nurburgring?

21 Jun 2021, 08:15 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Last fall, our spy photographers nabbed a mysterious Toyota GR Yaris prototype doing the usual rounds on the Nurburgring, and now that very same car has been spied in motion on the (in)famous German racetrack. From a visual standpoint, a few thi...

 
Crashed Lamborghini Urus Is Still Prettier Than Kim Kardashian’s Fluffy One
Crashed Lamborghini Urus Is Still Prettier Than Kim Kardashian’s Fluffy One

20 Jun 2021, 14:12 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Here’s a Lamborghini Urus that will make you say “what on earth happened to it?”. And we wouldn’t know what to say, but we can tell you that it is for sale, if you need an Italian super SUV wreck in your life, for whatever r...

 
Check Out These Jeep Renegade Cabrio Renders, but Don’t Let Stellantis See Them
Check Out These Jeep Renegade Cabrio Renders, but Don’t Let Stellantis See Them

20 Jun 2021, 13:50 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The Jeep Renegade has had its pixels rearranged until it became a convertible. Unofficially dubbed the Jeep Renegade CC by its digital maker, the model looks ready for summer, even though it will never see the light of day. Imagined as a two-doo...

 
Ford Mustang Goes From Wheel Curber to Asphalt Hugger With One Tune
Ford Mustang Goes From Wheel Curber to Asphalt Hugger With One Tune

20 Jun 2021, 13:12 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Due to the numb steering, the Ford Mustang is one of those cars that will bite your head off when you least expect it. Thus, it has developed quite a reputation for itself, as we all know the numerous videos that show various examples biting the cu...

 
BMW M140i Has More Power Than Modern Supercars, Takes On Everyone at Drag Event
BMW M140i Has More Power Than Modern Supercars, Takes On Everyone at Drag Event

20 Jun 2021, 11:54 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The SCC500 drag racing event in Germany brought together some of the quickest machines on the continent, and among them, we found a very special BMW M140i. That’s right, this is the previous generation model, which, unlike its successor, is s...

 
Nissan GT-R Civic Edition Has SH Written in Front of IT
Nissan GT-R Civic Edition Has SH Written in Front of IT

20 Jun 2021, 10:22 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Remember how you used to tune your cars in Need For Speed when you were younger, and how what you once thought to be cool now looks ridiculous? It’s called growing up, though puberty has yet to hit the owner of this Nissan GT-R, who is still ...

 
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 Drag Races Chevy Camaro Zl1, What Will the Obituaries Say?
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 Drag Races Chevy Camaro Zl1, What Will the Obituaries Say?

19 Jun 2021, 10:24 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Criticized by purists for having the tendency to understeer due to its front-biased, all-wheel-drive construction, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG features, like its hot hatch sibling, the A45, the most powerful 2.0-liter four-pot fitted to a producti...

 
Mansory’s Mclaren 720s Looks Better if You Close Your Eyes
Mansory’s Mclaren 720s Looks Better if You Close Your Eyes

19 Jun 2021, 09:18 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Supercars should look like they were drawn by 10-year olds and refined by the best automotive designers out there. For most part, Mansory gets it, but somehow, they keep making them even crazier, to the point where they lose most of their magic. ...

 
2022 Opel Astra Sheds Its GM Weight, Gets Rendered With New Vizor Face
2022 Opel Astra Sheds Its GM Weight, Gets Rendered With New Vizor Face

19 Jun 2021, 08:12 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The Opel Astra K is about to be turned into the L, with the PSA (Stellantis) owned brand already releasing a few teaser images and dropping interesting clues about it over the past few weeks. Expected to be fully unveiled in the coming mont...

 

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