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Little did he knew back then, but a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO is what sparked Mircea’s interest for cars when he was just a kid. Despite studying mathematics and informatics in high school and economics in university, Mircea turned his passion for all things automotive into a job.
 
Interning for Top Gear was his first foray in automotive journalism, and not long after that, a full-time position was opened for Mircea to seal the deal. Just about three years later, autoevolution became his new home.
 
Especially interested in American ponies and muscle cars, Mircea also finds the Japanese domestic market appealing thanks to the quirkiness of kei cars. Full-size pickups like the Ram 1500 and off-roaders such as the Ford Ranger Raptor and Jeep Gladiator Rubicon are much to his liking as well.
 
A self-described master of pasta and an avid CCG player, Mircea’s past-time activities include playing his Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition electric guitar, discovering the wonders of the Carpathian mountains by foot, and driving to the Black Sea to get a well-deserved tan.
2024 Dodge Charger Daytona EV Dealer Launch Postponed To Address Electrical Issues
2024 Dodge Charger Daytona EV Dealer Launch Postponed To Address Electrical Issues

24 Jun 2024, 19:55 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Dodge revealed the all-new Charger Daytona in March 2024, highlighting that summer 2024 is when the first unit would arrive in dealer showrooms. According to dealer sources, the dealer launch of the zero-emission muscle car has been pushed back som...

 
Suzuki Reportedly Developing New Cappuccino With Toyota-Sourced 1.3L Turbo Engine
Suzuki Reportedly Developing New Cappuccino With Toyota-Sourced 1.3L Turbo Engine

24 Jun 2024, 19:06 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Suzuki produced a kei-sized roadster between 1991 and 1998, that kei car being the Cappuccino. Just over 28,000 were produced, of which a handful were imported to the United States under the 25-year import rule that waives the safety and emission r...

 
2025 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Manual Confirmed, Will Debut June 25
2025 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Manual Confirmed, Will Debut June 25

24 Jun 2024, 18:01 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Rowing your own is a thing of the past for many automakers, with manuals being replaced by fast-shifting DCTs and torque-converter autos. Over at Volkswagen, the German automaker offers two models with a manual tranny as of June 2024, those being t...

 
Heavily Modified Toyota GR Yaris Times Three Drag Race Takes Just Over 11 Seconds
Heavily Modified Toyota GR Yaris Times Three Drag Race Takes Just Over 11 Seconds

24 Jun 2024, 17:14 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Jamie Sonuga and the Officially Gassed crew have found three heavily modified examples of the GR Yaris, with outputs ranging from 570 ps (562 hp) to a staggering 700 ps (690 hp). All three had their bone-stock manuals replaced with sequential trann...

 
This 165-Mile 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Isn't Your Usual Grand Tourer
This 165-Mile 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Isn't Your Usual Grand Tourer

24 Jun 2024, 15:58 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / From the very beginning, the AMG-branded GT was more than simply a grand tourer. From the front mid-engine spaceframe chassis derived from that of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to the quick-shifting transaxle dubbed AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G, the first-gen...

 
Ford Bronco Raptor Drag Races Explorer ST, Should Have Stayed Put
Ford Bronco Raptor Drag Races Explorer ST, Should Have Stayed Put

24 Jun 2024, 15:36 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Sam CarLegion has recently tested a badass Ford Bronco in the form of the Raptor, which is the most powerful application of the Ford Motor Company's 3.0-liter Nano V6 engine. Derived from the 2.7-liter mill that's available in the Bronco ...

 
Toyota GR Corolla Wagon Masterfully Rendered, Sadly Isn't Feasible
Toyota GR Corolla Wagon Masterfully Rendered, Sadly Isn't Feasible

24 Jun 2024, 14:36 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / A very different animal from the regular Corolla hatchback, the GR Corolla rolled out in 2022 for the 2023 model year with a more powerful version of the 1.6-liter turbo three-pot engine introduced by the GR Yaris back in 2020. Produced on a dedica...

 
Mercedes-Benz C 300 Recalled Over Improperly Secured Wire That May Overheat
Mercedes-Benz C 300 Recalled Over Improperly Secured Wire That May Overheat

24 Jun 2024, 13:02 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Mercedes-Benz USA has issued a recall for certain Mercedes-Benz C 300 sedans produced for model years 2022 and 2023 between June 24, 2021 and August 20, 2022. A grand total of 1,058 vehicles are recalled for an improperly tightened bolt. Said bo...

 
Mercedes Recalls Previously Recalled AMG Vehicles for Increased Risk of Thermal Overload
Mercedes Recalls Previously Recalled AMG Vehicles for Increased Risk of Thermal Overload

24 Jun 2024, 11:00 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Back in July 2022, Mercedes-Benz USA recalled no fewer than 16,475 vehicles over a routing deviation in the transmission wiring harness. Tension on the harness might cause the insulation to be pulled back, leading to a short circuit. In addition to...

 
Nissan GT-R Recaro Edition Drag Races Stage 2 BMW M340i xDrive, It's Really Close
Nissan GT-R Recaro Edition Drag Races Stage 2 BMW M340i xDrive, It's Really Close

23 Jun 2024, 12:04 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / CSL AutoTime has returned with a very close quarter-mile showdown between the Recaro Edition R35 and the pre-facelift M340i xDrive. However, the Bimmer is a bit more special than your usual six-cylinder 3 Series, for it features a Stage 2 tune with...

 
Old C 63 S Drag Races Four-Cylinder Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance, It's Night and Day
Old C 63 S Drag Races Four-Cylinder Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance, It's Night and Day

23 Jun 2024, 01:02 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Mat and Nicholas of carwow have recently pitted the old-gen C 63 against the 206 series, which is certainly going to spark debate among enthusiasts. Although the C 63 S E Performance is a much techier machine with ridiculously more peak torque on t...

 
Digitally Revived Nissan Maxima Flaunts New Qashqai Styling Cues
Digitally Revived Nissan Maxima Flaunts New Qashqai Styling Cues

22 Jun 2024, 01:02 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Once sold under the Datsun brand, the Nissan Maxima was produced over eight generations from 1980 through 2023. Originally a rear-wheel-drive sedan and station wagon, the Maxima switched to front-wheel drive in 1984 for the 1985 model year. Niss...

 
MG4 EV XPOWER Drag Races Ora 07 Performance, Loser Clocks 13.37 Seconds
MG4 EV XPOWER Drag Races Ora 07 Performance, Loser Clocks 13.37 Seconds

22 Jun 2024, 01:02 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Tang and company from Thailand's CSL AutoTime recently pitted two Chinese battery-electric vehicles against each other. Pictured in green, the MG4 EV XPOWER is a C-segment hatchback that features two iconic nameplates. MG used to mean small Br...

 
BMW Celebrates 25 Years of X5 With Silver Anniversary Edition, Only 1,000 Units Available
BMW Celebrates 25 Years of X5 With Silver Anniversary Edition, Only 1,000 Units Available

21 Jun 2024, 20:58 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / It's hard to believe that 1999 was the first year of production for the X5. Introduced for model year 2020 in the United States, the X5 celebrates a quarter of a century in this part of the world in the form of a special edition based on the x...

 
2024 Ford Mustang vs Camaro vs Supra vs Nissan Z Drag Race Is Anyone's Guess
2024 Ford Mustang vs Camaro vs Supra vs Nissan Z Drag Race Is Anyone's Guess

21 Jun 2024, 19:59 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Sam CarLegion has recently pitted the seventh-generation Mustang against one direct rival and two Japanese competitors. The pony car in question is a GT with the GT Performance Package, which adds $5,295 to the final price of the V8-powered model&#...

 
2025 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Will Debut June 25 Alongside New Jetta GLI
2025 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Will Debut June 25 Alongside New Jetta GLI

21 Jun 2024, 18:59 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / The Jetta came to be in 1979, primarily due to the limited success of the Golf in the United States. Sedans were far more popular than hatchbacks back then, hence the German automaker's decision to launch the four-door Jetta for model year 198...

 
2026 Mercedes-AMG C-Class EV Spied Testing at the Nurburgring With Mismatched Wheels
2026 Mercedes-AMG C-Class EV Spied Testing at the Nurburgring With Mismatched Wheels

21 Jun 2024, 17:59 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Stuttgart's favorite son has been recently spied testing a heavily camouflaged C-Class EV at the Nurburgring and on the public roads adjacent to the world's best-known circuit. Equipped with mismatched wheels featuring summer tires from t...

 
Toyota Crown Rearview and Front Cameras May Fail Due to Water Ingress
Toyota Crown Rearview and Front Cameras May Fail Due to Water Ingress

21 Jun 2024, 13:57 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Toyota has identified a safety issue affecting 13,077 units of the Crown. Said vehicles were produced for the 2023 model year between February 2, 2023 and August 4, 2023 at the Japanese automaker's Motomachi assembly plant. Subject hybrid s...

 
Ford Recalls F-150 With Onboard Scales Due to Update That Disables the Reverse Lights
Ford Recalls F-150 With Onboard Scales Due to Update That Disables the Reverse Lights

21 Jun 2024, 13:08 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / The Ford Motor Company has identified an issue affecting certain F-150 trucks produced for the 2021 model year. Said half-ton pickups are equipped with the available Onboard Scales feature, which – as implied – estimates the weight of t...

 
New Bugatti Tourbillon vs Chiron and Derivatives Comparison: Passing the Torch
New Bugatti Tourbillon vs Chiron and Derivatives Comparison: Passing the Torch

21 Jun 2024, 00:52 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Tourbillon isn't merely the successor of the hugely impressive Chiron. It's the first completely new Bugatti since the Volkswagen Group-developed Veyron from 2005, the first road-going production car with 1,001 ps (987 hp) at its disposal...

 

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