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Ionut Ungureanu

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When he was sitting in the passenger seat of a modified Dacia and saw his older friend blindly storm the intersection, Ionut realized it was time to get his own driver’s license. He waited to turn the right age since, back then, he was still in high school. He did learn one thing from those aspiring racers he used to hang out with: hold the wheel of the car you’re in.

When it comes to his preferences, our newest team member will always want to get the oldest ride in the barn. He’ll be the first to try a steam-engined car and will probably start a random discussion about it. Modern designs are rarely going to his likes, but when we tease him with annoying questions, our “celebrities specialist” will eventually admit hypercars are what he dreams of.

Personal motto: It’s later than you think, so push the pedal.
Formula E to Have Self-Driving Cars Championship Next Year
Formula E to Have Self-Driving Cars Championship Next Year

A race where cars compete against each other without any driver controlling them - now that has to be the reason the word "futuristic" exists in the first place. It’s not a joke, mind you, although it may be one of Leonardo DiCaprio...

 
Deadmau5’s Customized Jeep Wrangler Stands No Chance Against His Backyard Mud
Deadmau5’s Customized Jeep Wrangler Stands No Chance Against His Backyard Mud

Perhaps Canadian DJ Deadmau5 spent less than $100,000 on aftermarket enhancements for his Jeep Wrangler; after all, he’s not as wealthy as Floyd Mayweather. As you may recall from earlier this year, the DJ's off-roader was restyled from ...

 
Guy Plays AC/DC on Acoustic Guitar in a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
Guy Plays AC/DC on Acoustic Guitar in a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Not to say that driving a Bugatti Veyron implies some smooth electric jazz tune or perhaps even some classic music, but AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long rather sounds like an off-road car type of song. Perhaps it’s a matter of prefer...

 
Spencer The Robot Will Show Travelers the Way Through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport
Spencer The Robot Will Show Travelers the Way Through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

It may not be ready to conduct a dialogue, but it’s learning how to keep passengers entertained, especially those who have lost their flight because they couldn’t find their way to the terminal. As a matter of fact, going through the Ne...

 
Big Force Is a Mini Jeep That Weighs 330 Pounds and Can Fit in a Pickup Truck
Big Force Is a Mini Jeep That Weighs 330 Pounds and Can Fit in a Pickup Truck

Just another of those Power Wheels, electric cars for kids - one would think - but it should be noted this is far from being a toy. It’s small alright, but that’s about the only thing that makes it look like one. A 49cc motorcycle engin...

 
Vinyl Record Player Shaped like a VW Van Claims to Be the Smallest in the World
Vinyl Record Player Shaped like a VW Van Claims to Be the Smallest in the World

A fellow unpacking this miniature van at a party should be nicknamed DJ Volkswagen, and that’s just the simplest joke one could come up with. Believe it or not, such a thing exists and it’s made in Japan. The question is, do you have en...

 
Panasonic’s $1,287 E-Bicycle Has New Generation Li-Ion Batteries and a Top 54 Miles Range
Panasonic’s $1,287 E-Bicycle Has New Generation Li-Ion Batteries and a Top 54 Miles Range

Remember that partnership Panasonic has with Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory? Well, these new models of electric bicycles may not be related to it, but they do use a new generation of Li-Ion batteries. Panasonic has just announced it’s ab...

 
1963 Volkswagen Beetle "Herbie" Sells for an Impressive $86,250 at Auction
1963 Volkswagen Beetle "Herbie" Sells for an Impressive $86,250 at Auction

It may seem like a bad time to sell classic Volkswagen cars at auctions from the point of view of a petrolhead, but this is not just an old Beetle, it’s the one that will be remembered as the car with personality that drives itself. For the y...

 
Using Darth Vader and Storm Troopers to Sell 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S May Work
Using Darth Vader and Storm Troopers to Sell 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S May Work

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most expected movies of the year, if not of the decade. It’s so big that Lucasfilm has partnered up with not one but seven automakers to promote the film. Since both the exterior and interior of this...

 
Fool Points Laser at New York Bus Driver Leading to His Hospitalization
Fool Points Laser at New York Bus Driver Leading to His Hospitalization

The New York Police Department has released a short surveillance video taken by an on-bus camera which shows an unidentified passenger laughing as he is pointing a laser at the driver's rear view mirror. The clip was made public in the hopes t...

 
Airbus Considers Using Drop-In Modules for Airplanes to Reduce Turnaround Time
Airbus Considers Using Drop-In Modules for Airplanes to Reduce Turnaround Time

Formally, Airbus calls it “method for boarding and unloading of passengers of an aircraft with reduced immobilization time of the aircraft, aircraft and air terminal for its implementation.” In earthlings words, think of the airliner as...

 
2015 Nissan Leaf Gets Three Times Cheaper During Black Friday in Northern Colorado
2015 Nissan Leaf Gets Three Times Cheaper During Black Friday in Northern Colorado

If you were to buy a Nissan Leaf now, its stock price would range between $28,980 and $35,020 depending on the configuration you opt for. Thanks to the government’s incentives and a special offer created for Black Friday, EV fans in Colorado ...

 
Self-Moving Mechanical Models Prove Creativity Is 21st Century Safeguard
Self-Moving Mechanical Models Prove Creativity Is 21st Century Safeguard

A start-up company founded last year is using laser-cut plywood tiny pieces to create mountable mechanical model kits that need no glue to be stuck together. An older tram that moves, a live theater with actors performing, a tractor with transmissi...

 
Australian Start-Up Wants to Put Human Conscience in Robots
Australian Start-Up Wants to Put Human Conscience in Robots

A start-up called Humai claims it has a mission to reinvent the afterlife (whatever that means), and it wants to do that using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes...

 
Supercars Are Hurting Real Madrid Star Gareth Bale’s Posterior, So He Stopped Driving Them
Supercars Are Hurting Real Madrid Star Gareth Bale’s Posterior, So He Stopped Driving Them

It’s not just rappers in the US who rent Italian exotics and Rolls-Royce cars to film their video clips, footballers in Europe do it too. Take 26-year-old winger Gareth Bale, who currently is playing for Real Madrid. This talented soccer star...

 
Cases of Celebrities Dying in Car Accidents Show There Is No Judge After Death
Cases of Celebrities Dying in Car Accidents Show There Is No Judge After Death

Paul Walker passed away in a fiery accident that even to this day, two years after it happened, remains a mystery for his close ones. Porsche is facing four lawsuits, all accusing the carmaker of the actor’s death. The past decades, however, ...

 
Rolls-Royce 6.75 V8 Engine Cylinder Block Coffee Table Probably Makes Waking Up Early Better
Rolls-Royce 6.75 V8 Engine Cylinder Block Coffee Table Probably Makes Waking Up Early Better

It’s been around since 1959, so, believe it or not, Rolls-Royce has been using a revised version of the L Series V8 engine for a very long time. As a matter of fact, highly modified versions of the series can still be found on Bentley’s...

 
Here’s Where UFC Champ Conor McGregor Takes His Motivation From
Here’s Where UFC Champ Conor McGregor Takes His Motivation From

The BMW i8 hybrid plug-in sportscar may be using a lot of carbon fiber, but that doesn’t mean it's as light as a feather. Sure, 27-year-old mixed martial artist Conor McGregor competes in the featherweight division, but that doesn’...

 
Self-Driving Car Regulations to Become More Permissive Soon
Self-Driving Car Regulations to Become More Permissive Soon

Just the other day, Audi strategist Sven Schuwirth said that, in 20 years from now, autonomous cars would be so popular that domestic flights would disappear. It’s a theory, but for it to become reality, one major thing must be changed: traff...

 
Paul Walker’s Father Also Sues Porsche for Lack of Safety Features
Paul Walker’s Father Also Sues Porsche for Lack of Safety Features

This may sound like a repost, but the news is as fresh as a warm bread, considering the suit was filed on Wednesday. Last time somebody was suing the German sportscar maker for almost the same reason, it was the late actor’s daughter who star...

 

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