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Dan Mihalascu

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Personal motto:

"When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting." (Steve McQueen's character from the Le Mans movie, 1971)

Staff Writer
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Fascinated by automobiles since he could barely walk, Dan quickly started dismantling toy cars only to reassemble them (eventually), much to his mother’s despair. After learning how to read, he began collecting piles of car magazines, again driving his mom mad.

Finally, something good came out of his passion as he decided to turn it into a career. Since he was better at writing than changing spark plugs, he chose to study journalism instead of becoming a mechanic - thank God for that! And while most of his college colleagues fantasized about winning the Pulitzer prize, all he wanted was to drive cars and write about them. He started doing that right after graduation when he landed his first job as a car magazine writer.

When his mom thought he finally got settled, Dan started racing and entered his first hill climb event at 26 in a Peugeot 205 GTi. The debut went pretty good but the second race ended with a totaled car. Of course, he blamed that on the poor choice of tires in the wet. Being too fired up and inexperienced to keep a cool head on a damp course never crossed his mind as actually being the problem. While the racing bug never really went out of his system, Dan ended his racing career after two seasons amid financial difficulties and his family’s persistence that motorsport was not worth the risk of dying. Tragically, two of his colleagues lost their lives in crashes during that period.

He never really stopped writing, though. After a long hiatus that saw him work as a writer and editor for several international car news websites, Dan has returned to autoevolution, the place that kick-started his writing career for a global audience more than a decade ago. He has taken up a new role as a coordinating editor, and his obsessive attention to detail and quest for factual accuracy should serve him well in his daily tasks. Unless he spends too much time to find the perfect choice of words, that is.
TechArt Puts Its Mark on the New Porsche Cayenne
TechArt Puts Its Mark on the New Porsche Cayenne

German aftermarket specialist TechArt has unveiled the first of several new upgrades for the second generation of the Porsche Cayenne. The tuner’s specialists have focused on the SUV’s looks rather than on performance, releasing a subtl...

 
Vauxhall Releases Corsa Black & White Limited Edition
Vauxhall Releases Corsa Black & White Limited Edition

Vauxhall has released the new Black & White Limited Edition for the Corsa supermini in the UK. The special trim includes glacier white paintjob, a contrasting sapphire black roof and 17-inch twin spoke alloy wheels. The car sports a VXR sty...

 
Volkswagen Official Denies Polo R Plans
Volkswagen Official Denies Polo R Plans

A Volkswagen official said that the company is unlikely to build an R version of the Polo supermini, since it would interfere with the future Audi S1, already in development. “I would say there have been some ideas about Polo R, but more i...

 
One-off Corvette Z06 Celebrates Factory Team's 50th Le Mans Anniversary
One-off Corvette Z06 Celebrates Factory Team's 50th Le Mans Anniversary

Chevrolet will build a special 2011 Corvette Z06 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first appearance at Le Mans 24 Hours race. The one-off Corvette has the number plaque VIN 0001 and features the same white and blue paint scheme ...

 
Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid to Tackle Nurburgring 24 Hours Race
Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid to Tackle Nurburgring 24 Hours Race

Porsche’s stunning 918 Spyder hybrid sportscar will compete at the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hours race, according to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. At this year’s recent endurance race, Porsche entered a hybrid which showed great p...

 
Toyota and Tesla Will Reopen NUMMI to Build Electric Cars
Toyota and Tesla Will Reopen NUMMI to Build Electric Cars

The heads of Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Co. have revealed their companies will build together electric cars at the recently closed auto plant located in Fremont, San Francisco Bay area. The facility was formerly known as NUMMI (New United M...

 
All-new BMW X3 Official Images Break Cover
All-new BMW X3 Official Images Break Cover

The first images of the all-new BMW X3 have surfaced on the company’s Dutch website. The second generation of X5’s smaller sibling is scheduled for launch at the end of this month. A mistake from BMW? Or rather a teaser? It doesn&rsquo...

 
Great Wall Motor Targets Western Europe Expansion
Great Wall Motor Targets Western Europe Expansion

Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor Company is targetting an expansion into west European markets in the next two to three years, according to Automotive News Europe. Great Wall is already selling its Hover SUVs in Italy and some eastern European co...

 
Woman Called Zoe Renault to Sue French Carmaker over Name Issue
Woman Called Zoe Renault to Sue French Carmaker over Name Issue

A Parisian woman called Zoe Renault is trying to stop the French automaker from using her name on a new model: the electric car Renault Zoe Z.E. (zero emissions). According to the Guardian, the 23-year-old student, who has no direct family link ...

 
UK Car Production Grows by 44 Percent in April
UK Car Production Grows by 44 Percent in April

The British auto industry is continuing to record an increase in production compared to the previous year. In April 2010, car production went up 44% compared to April 2009, with total production reaching 98,290 units. In the first four months of...

 
Mercedes S-Klasse Receives Best Luxury Car Award from Fleet World
Mercedes S-Klasse Receives Best Luxury Car Award from Fleet World

The Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse won Best Luxury Car at the 2010 Fleet World Honours. It’s the second consecutive award of this type received by the German luxury sedan. The award was presented to Adrian Freeman, regional corporate sales manager...

 
Peugeot Revives the GTi Badge with the 308
Peugeot Revives the GTi Badge with the 308

Peugeot released the first images and details of the 308’s sporty version, the GTi. Available as a five-door model only (a curious fact for a sport-oriented car), the 308 GTi sports technical and styling updated that distinguish it from the n...

 
Volkswagen Could Enter F1 with Audi or Porsche Brands
Volkswagen Could Enter F1 with Audi or Porsche Brands

Volkswagen’s possible entry into Formula 1 could be done by using the Audi or Porsche brands, recent reports say. Europe’s largest carmaker is becoming more and more interested in motorsport, with the German giant considering an F1 adve...

 
Toyota North America Confirms Lexus LS Recall
Toyota North America Confirms Lexus LS Recall

Toyota North America has issued a press release following the announcement that Toyota Japan has decided to recall certain Lexus LS models globally due to steering system concerns. “Toyota North America is aware that certain 2010 Lexus LS ...

 
Aston Martin Says No to Le Mans Diesel
Aston Martin Says No to Le Mans Diesel

Aston Martin Racing boss David Richards said his team will not switch to diesels like the dominant Peugeot and Audi teams have done in order to win the Le Mans 24 Hours race. Audi and Peugeot use diesel engines on their prototypes and the two brand...

 
BMW to Start Production of the 5 Series ActiveHybrid in 2011
BMW to Start Production of the 5 Series ActiveHybrid in 2011

BMW plans to start production of its 5 Series ActiveHybrid next year and expects to introduce the hybrid technology into the smaller 3 Series as well. "As early as next year, the new BMW 5 series will also be available as a full hybrid. And...

 
Vettel's Switch to Ferrari Unlikely, Says Red Bull Advisor
Vettel's Switch to Ferrari Unlikely, Says Red Bull Advisor

Helmut Marko, advisor of Red Bull’s boss Dietrich Mateschitz, has expressed his doubts about a possible switch to Ferrari for Vettel in the near future. The 22-year-old German driver has recently said that he sees Ferrari as a possible future...

 
Spyshots: 2011 Aston Martin DB9 Facelift
Spyshots: 2011 Aston Martin DB9 Facelift

Aston Martin has had a busy schedule lately, with the British company preparing the final details for the launch of the four-door Rapide and also fine tuning another car, the DB9. Photographers caught the facelifted version of the DB9 coupe on the ...

 
Volkswagen Plans Buying Italdesign Giugiaro
Volkswagen Plans Buying Italdesign Giugiaro

Volkswagen is planning to buy a controlling stake in Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A., Italy’s largest design and engineering firm, according to two industry sources quoted by the Automotive News Europe. An announcement could be made as early as...

 
Fiat Uno to Be Built in Serbia for European Markets
Fiat Uno to Be Built in Serbia for European Markets

The new Fiat Uno supermini will be sold in Europe starting late next year, according to industry reports quoted by Autocar magazine. Developed and built in Brazil, the new Uno will also be produced in Europe, at Fiat’s Zastava plant in Kra...

 

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