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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.
Germany’s 2021 Hyundai i20 N Is Nicely Specced, Costs More Than Ford’s Fiesta ST
Germany’s 2021 Hyundai i20 N Is Nicely Specced, Costs More Than Ford’s Fiesta ST

16 Jun 2021, 09:46 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Hyundai has officially launched the 2021 i20 N in Germany. The subcompact hot hatch is offered in two different trim levels, carries nice stuff in both of them, and costs a bit more than one of its biggest rivals, the Ford Fiesta ST. Pricing for...

 
Hellephant Ram TRX Heads to the Hennessey Lab for Testing, Will Become a 6x6
Hellephant Ram TRX Heads to the Hennessey Lab for Testing, Will Become a 6x6

16 Jun 2021, 08:55 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Since the Ram 1500 TRX is actually too long to fit on Hennessey’s all-wheel drive dyno, they have disengaged the front drive shaft and put it to the test on the rear-wheel drive one instead. But not before subjecting it to a heart transplant,...

 
Automakers Could Learn a Thing or Two From the GTO Engineering Squalo’s Interior
Automakers Could Learn a Thing or Two From the GTO Engineering Squalo’s Interior

16 Jun 2021, 08:16 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Despite presenting the design of the Squalo and releasing a few details surrounding its powertrain, GTO Engineering continues the development of its bespoke sports car. Previously known as Project Moderna, its main focus is to bring back the sim...

 
2022 Audi E-Tron GT Getting Three Years of DC Fast Charging in America
2022 Audi E-Tron GT Getting Three Years of DC Fast Charging in America

15 Jun 2021, 15:15 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The first units of the 2022 E-Tron GT will cross the pond from the Bollinger Hofe factory, near Neckarsulm, in Germany, to the United States this summer, and Audi has taken the opportunity to announce that they will be offered with three years of c...

 
2021 SsangYong Korando e-Motion EV Enters Production, Electric Pickup To Follow
2021 SsangYong Korando e-Motion EV Enters Production, Electric Pickup To Follow

15 Jun 2021, 13:05 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / SsangYong has given a glimpse of its first electric vehicle, the 2021 Korano e-Motion. Production of the zero-emission model has already commenced in its home market of Korea, on Monday, June 14, and it is due to arrive in Europe later this year. ...

 
Crashed Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 Alonso Edition Is a Sad Sight
Crashed Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 Alonso Edition Is a Sad Sight

15 Jun 2021, 12:25 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Ferrari has been racing in Formula 1 since its humble beginnings in 1950, and one year later, they scored their first victory, with Froilan Gonzalez winning the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack on July 14, 1951. Nearly sixty year...

 
2021 SsangYong Tivoli Grows out of Its Subcompact Suit, Becomes the Tivoli Grand
2021 SsangYong Tivoli Grows out of Its Subcompact Suit, Becomes the Tivoli Grand

15 Jun 2021, 10:27 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / It’s been a little over two years since the facelifted SsangYong Tivoli was presented in its homeland, and the Korean automaker decided that they need to expand the lineup with a slightly longer version. So, without further ado, meet the new ...

 
2021 Hyundai i30 N Is Almost Ready to Dominate Australia’s FWD Hot Hatch Market
2021 Hyundai i30 N Is Almost Ready to Dominate Australia’s FWD Hot Hatch Market

15 Jun 2021, 09:32 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Subsequent to its official unveiling last fall, the 2021 Hyundai i30 N will soon launch in Australia. The front-wheel drive, compact hot hatch will go on sale next month in three different versions, priced from AU$44,500 (equaling to US$34,310/&eur...

 
2021 Peugeot e-Rifter Is the UK’s New £30,375 Electric MPV
2021 Peugeot e-Rifter Is the UK’s New £30,375 Electric MPV

15 Jun 2021, 08:49 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Four months after the official unveiling, Peugeot has started accepting orders for the e-Rifter in the United Kingdom. Part of the French brand’s ambitions to offer an electrified variant of each model by 2025, the zero-emission MPV comes in ...

 
820 HP Porsche 911 Turbo S Was a Machine Gun in a Previous Life
820 HP Porsche 911 Turbo S Was a Machine Gun in a Previous Life

14 Jun 2021, 20:48 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Here is an extremely powerful Porsche 911 Turbo S, from the 991 generation, that will make you say: “911 GT2 RS? What’s that?” The heavily modded German supercar was filmed at the SCC500 event in Germany firing up its engine an...

 
For Over $220k, Would You Get Manhart’s BMW M4 or a New Lamborghini Huracan?
For Over $220k, Would You Get Manhart’s BMW M4 or a New Lamborghini Huracan?

14 Jun 2021, 19:37 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Last year, Manhart presented the MH4 GTR, based on the 200-unit, limited-run 2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition, announcing that they will make only 10 cars, and one of them has hit the second-hand market. Offered for sale by Manhart themselves on...

 
Kim Kardashian’s Lamborghini Urus Looks Like the Dumb & Dumber Van
Kim Kardashian’s Lamborghini Urus Looks Like the Dumb & Dumber Van

14 Jun 2021, 16:19 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / While Floyd Mayweather spent $1 million on new rides, and Beyonce and Jay-Z have allegedly spruced up their fine car collection with a Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, Kim Kardashian spent some time in the company of a Lamborghini Urus. There is no easy w...

 
2021 Baojun Valli Is GM’s New $12K Station Wagon For China
2021 Baojun Valli Is GM’s New $12K Station Wagon For China

14 Jun 2021, 09:35 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Station wagons may be a dying breed in most parts of the world, but not in China, where General Motors – well, technically the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture – has launched the new Baojun Valli Station Wagon (SW). At 4,685 mm (184.4 in...

 
Spending 2 Years With a Mercedes-AMG GT S Has Been One Helluva Experience
Spending 2 Years With a Mercedes-AMG GT S Has Been One Helluva Experience

13 Jun 2021, 14:52 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / When Mercedes introduced the AMG GT back in 2014, some have said that it’s not a real successor to the SLS. However, it has been a successful product, which is why it will get a second generation that will be built alongside the upcoming SL. ...

 
New Chiron Super Sport Leads the Bugatti Pack at MIMO, Bolide Joins the Party
New Chiron Super Sport Leads the Bugatti Pack at MIMO, Bolide Joins the Party

13 Jun 2021, 14:22 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Bugatti has hosted the public premiere of the Chiron Super Sport, a few days after its official unveiling, at the Milano Monza Open-Air Motor Show (MIMO), which runs from June 10 to 13. The new hypercar was driven on the streets of Milano, ...

 
Audi RS6 Johann ABT Signature Edition Will Annihilate Supercars on a School Run
Audi RS6 Johann ABT Signature Edition Will Annihilate Supercars on a School Run

13 Jun 2021, 13:54 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / ABT Sportsline is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a special edition Audi RS6 Avant. Dubbed the Johann ABT Signature Edition, it is limited to 64 units, one for each year of the Bavarian blacksmith’s, who set the foundation stone of the...

 
2022 Ford Maverick Rendering Enters the Tuning Arena… Sort Of
2022 Ford Maverick Rendering Enters the Tuning Arena… Sort Of

13 Jun 2021, 13:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Subsequent to its unveiling at the beginning of the week, the 2022 Ford Maverick has paid a visit to the rendering world, getting a rather radical makeover. And we have little doubt that someone, somewhere, will eventually make their small pickup d...

 
Toyota GR Yaris Vs. Honda S660 Comparo Puts The Spotlight On Their Three-Pots
Toyota GR Yaris Vs. Honda S660 Comparo Puts The Spotlight On Their Three-Pots

13 Jun 2021, 12:42 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Developing less polluting cars has forced automakers to downsize to the point where the upcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 will feature a four-banger for the first time. But that’s a different story altogether, as in this one, we will focus on the thr...

 
Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Gets Its Internals Rearranged, Craves for an R Badge
Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Gets Its Internals Rearranged, Craves for an R Badge

13 Jun 2021, 12:18 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / This Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster has arrived at AutoDynamics with a huge desire to venture deeper into the supercar realm. The Polish tuner has made its wish come true by applying a lot of elbow grease, boosting the output and torque by 103 PS (102 ...

 
Bling Rolls-Royce Cullinan Looks Ready to Star in a Rap Video
Bling Rolls-Royce Cullinan Looks Ready to Star in a Rap Video

13 Jun 2021, 11:14 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / This Rolls-Royce Cullinan has officially been pimped by Vossen, who has encouraged it to tap into its flashier side with a fresh set of wheels. And don’t worry about the Rolls-Royce floating center caps, because they have been designed to acc...

 

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