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Razvan Calin

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Remember the Most (Humorous) South African Airways and Their Sky-High Spirits
Remember the Most (Humorous) South African Airways and Their Sky-High Spirits

The story of Kulula Airways, the South African low-cost operator, is short and sad. It began in 2001 and ended this summer. But, during the 20 years of service, Kulula made a name for themselves for something else than just air travel. Just look...

 
The Half-Century Bollywoodian-Style 'Elephant' Dance of the Indian Military
The Half-Century Bollywoodian-Style 'Elephant' Dance of the Indian Military

For one Republic Day parade in the early '70s, this hilarity paid homage to India's ancient culture in a flamboyant fashion. Four decades ago, the Indian Air Force awed the crowd at an airshow with a flying elephant. And no, it ...

 
Rimac Nevera Hits the Streets With First Customer Delivery and Drive
Rimac Nevera Hits the Streets With First Customer Delivery and Drive

” Way too much traction control.” This phrase might sound out of place when talking about a hypercar you do not want to lose control of. However, the person uttering those words is prevalent on social media, and his high-speed driving s...

 
The Hulk's Daily Driver: Terex Titan, the First Ultra Heavy Truck of Automotive Universe
The Hulk's Daily Driver: Terex Titan, the First Ultra Heavy Truck of Automotive Universe

Vocabulary is not the proper tool to comprehend the magnitude of this machine; we'll have to rely on the mathematics to retort the full image. At 230 tons empty and 550 tons with a full load, the Titan was in a class of its own. We mean that i...

 
Impossibly Close Finish at the End of the Quarter Mile Between Two German Classics
Impossibly Close Finish at the End of the Quarter Mile Between Two German Classics

Minimal tuning for these two iconic sedans in what is arguably the most famous rivalry of the Old World's auto industry. A popular YouTuber team did precisely that (again): found a slightly modded BMW M240i and made a call to a friend who...

 
Jet Powered Limo-Style Dragster for Sale, Could Be a Racing Legend of the Last Millennium
Jet Powered Limo-Style Dragster for Sale, Could Be a Racing Legend of the Last Millennium

No details are given about its past owners, but we can't help but notice the resemblance with a vehicle that reigned over dragstrips almost three decades ago. Apart from the paint job, there is virtually no difference between the vehicle in th...

 
Flying Dutchmen Raise the Bar on Most Pull-ups from a Helicopter in a Minute World Record
Flying Dutchmen Raise the Bar on Most Pull-ups from a Helicopter in a Minute World Record

What do you get when you put together a couple of gym fanatics, a helicopter, and a world record? A challenge, correct? Two ripped Dutchmen and popular YouTubers broke the world record for most pull-ups. In a minute. While hanging from a flying hel...

 
What Do Dynamite, X-Rays, Alfred Einstein, and an Oil Tanker Have in Common? A Nobel
What Do Dynamite, X-Rays, Alfred Einstein, and an Oil Tanker Have in Common? A Nobel

The Nobel Prize founder Alfred Nobel was a very successful businessman. The Swedish-Russian inventor of dynamite and his two older brothers are primarily responsible for greatly influencing the early oil industry of the world. Perhaps the most s...

 
Twin-Turbojet Firefighting Tank Is a Nightmarish Utility Vehicle with Soviet Roots
Twin-Turbojet Firefighting Tank Is a Nightmarish Utility Vehicle with Soviet Roots

In 1991, Desert Storm took the invading Iraqi army by storm and pushed it out of Kuwait. The retreating troops of Saddam Hussein set ablaze some 700 oil wells. Following the war's end, firefighting teams from around the world rushed in to put ...

 
Robotic Diver Goes Deep Down To Give Operators a Hands-On Touch of the Underworld
Robotic Diver Goes Deep Down To Give Operators a Hands-On Touch of the Underworld

Rockets and space exploration missions are flamboyantly spectacular. Still, there is one environment that poses just as many challenges, if not greater. Ironically, it's all around us. Before going high up in the sky, we should take a deep div...

 
Swiss Couple Goes Round the World With the Help of a Big Austrian and a Small Japanese
Swiss Couple Goes Round the World With the Help of a Big Austrian and a Small Japanese

Judith and Arthur are two friendly Swiss young adventurers looking to drive around the world. Obviously, this sort of feat can't be done in just any regular everyday normal automobile. So, they asked for the help of Yoda. "Travel the worl...

 
Motorcycle Melts Down the Track Under Its Wheels As It Drags On 150°F Ground Temperature
Motorcycle Melts Down the Track Under Its Wheels As It Drags On 150°F Ground Temperature

We're all familiar with the phrase "melting hot," and the scorching heat of the summer makes us use it more often than we would like. We really don't want to hear that in the middle of a drag race in relation to the track's...

 
"Hot Wheels" Turns Cold Aiming for Nines on the Quarter-Mile, Breaks Diff off the Line
"Hot Wheels" Turns Cold Aiming for Nines on the Quarter-Mile, Breaks Diff off the Line

Drag racing is thrilling for many reasons: the excitement of high-speed runs down the flat strip of tarmac, the lung-tearing roar of the engines, the outrageous mechanics, and the list could go on. However, competing is a slightly different story. ...

 
4WD Six-Wheeler Concept With No Drive Train Could Be the Future of Off-Roading
4WD Six-Wheeler Concept With No Drive Train Could Be the Future of Off-Roading

We know six-wheelers are big, sluggish, and expensive (think $300K for the 6x6 TRX Juggernaut or the also 6x6 Megaraptor). Sure, they may be looking at us from above, but they’re as good as oxcarts in terms of automobility capabilities. If yo...

 
Polish-Styled One-of-One Audi Is the Perfect Cure for Hypercar Hype
Polish-Styled One-of-One Audi Is the Perfect Cure for Hypercar Hype

If Darth Vader were to go on a holiday road trip, he would take the wheel of this menace. Audi did a great job with the RS E-Tron GT, both on looks and brawn, but even the best deserve improvement. Or so it would appear, seeing how such an Audi mor...

 
1978 Ford Fairmont Futura Went To Die in the Forest, Got Saved From the Crusher Instead
1978 Ford Fairmont Futura Went To Die in the Forest, Got Saved From the Crusher Instead

The early '70s brought a massive blowback for the car industry in the form of a severe oil crisis. To the gas-hungry American engines, it meant a drastic redesign of epic proportions. It was probably the beginning of the downfall of American-m...

 
Ex-SpaceX Engineer Builds Martian Nuclear Reactor To Tackle Earth's Power Crisis
Ex-SpaceX Engineer Builds Martian Nuclear Reactor To Tackle Earth's Power Crisis

Elon Musk has already shaped our world in several different ways, and the debate of whether they're all beneficial to humanity is ongoing. But apart from putting electric vehicles on top of the automotive world's agenda and making us drea...

 
Hennessey Drags Their 1,000 HP Mammoth Truck and Puts Challenger Into Extinction
Hennessey Drags Their 1,000 HP Mammoth Truck and Puts Challenger Into Extinction

Rewind a little bit, and let's set the facts straight: You have a full-sized truck. Well, not just any full-sized truck, but the very RAM 1500 TRX. The Hemi 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 with 702 HP and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. 0-60 in 4.5 (s...

 
4WD Paddlewheel Icebreaker Is a Class of Its Own - for the Price of Two Lincoln Navigators
4WD Paddlewheel Icebreaker Is a Class of Its Own - for the Price of Two Lincoln Navigators

Ladies and gentlemen adventurers, the wait is over! The all-terrain all-wheel-drive all-you'll-ever-need adrenaline shot machine is on sale. A bunch of hard-core Ukrainian off-roaders got together and decided they needed a bigger, better vehic...

 
"Home Is Where You Park It" Became the Dreamlife for a Young Couple in a Skoolie
"Home Is Where You Park It" Became the Dreamlife for a Young Couple in a Skoolie

With a budget of $20K in hand and an ambitious goal of free living, the young adventure-seekers searched far and wide for a suitable vehicle. As it turned out, fate was on their side, and in 2019 they found the 33 ft (10 meters) long Blue Bird scho...

 

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