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Vlad Mitrache

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Having the memory of an elephant suffering from amnesia, I'm the exact opposite of an automotive encyclopedia. That's exactly why you can very often find me studying the spec sheets of cars or asking my colleagues who are very much more knowledgeable than me about facts and figures. On the bright side, though, that means I get to learn new things every day.

Contrary to most of the people here, I didn't get my driving license right after my 18th birthday, but it wasn't because I didn't want to. I won't get into details, but three years later I was the proud owner of that piece of plastic and a piece of trash car with which I quickly established a love and hate relationship. Mostly hate.

However, driving I loved, so that's what kept me going until my first decent car. By this time, I started thinking about mixing my degree in Journalism with my passion for driving, and so there I was working as an editor for a car magazine. A few good years later, nothing much has changed. But don't take my word for it, I tend to forget stuff. Now, if I could just remember where I parked my car...
Compact SUVs Monster Off-Road Test - Don't Fall for Jeep's Trailhawk Rating
Compact SUVs Monster Off-Road Test - Don't Fall for Jeep's Trailhawk Rating

I'll let you in on a little secret: people who buy compact SUVs don't really care about their off-roading capabilities. But since so many drivers seem to turn to this type of vehicle lately, there's a very good chance your colleague ...

 
2023 BMW i7 - Could This Be The Start of Something Nice? OK, Less Ugly, at Least
2023 BMW i7 - Could This Be The Start of Something Nice? OK, Less Ugly, at Least

This is all BMW's own doing, to be fair. Over the past few years, we've seen some shockers coming off the drawing boards of the Bavarian carmaker, with the iX electric SUV and the Concept XM performance SUV being the first that come to mi...

 
Very Real Porsche 911 Safari Build Is the Best Thing That Could Happen to a 996
Very Real Porsche 911 Safari Build Is the Best Thing That Could Happen to a 996

The 996 generation of Porsche's legendary 911 model has had (and continues to) its fair share of critiques. Think of it as one more confirmation the German manufacturer received that the best way to go about making a new 911 is to change as li...

 
Honda Accord Vs Subaru Legacy GT Drag Race - Not as Straightforward as You'd Think
Honda Accord Vs Subaru Legacy GT Drag Race - Not as Straightforward as You'd Think

Those born in the last two decades might find it hard to, but there used to be a time when sedans ruled the world. Yes, before SUVs and crossovers took over, it was the three-box design that was pretty ubiquitous all around the world. With the t...

 
Future Jeep Wrangler Rendering Is a Mash-up of Various Influences, All 100% Cool
Future Jeep Wrangler Rendering Is a Mash-up of Various Influences, All 100% Cool

For a model so heavily linked to its past like the Wrangler, Jeep has done a surprisingly good job of keeping it modern and up to date. Not only can you buy a plug-in hybrid version these days, but people don't even seem fazed by talks of usin...

 
Porsche 996 Driver Crashes After Full Demonstration of What Not to Do on an Interstate
Porsche 996 Driver Crashes After Full Demonstration of What Not to Do on an Interstate

The whole idea of Interstates and other similar fast-paced roads is to simplify driving and, at the same time, make getting around as quick and safe as possible. The idea is simple – instead of worrying about cars coming the other way, the...

 
This Smart Fortwo on 30" Off-Road Tires Is the Car Equivalent of a Good Tickling
This Smart Fortwo on 30" Off-Road Tires Is the Car Equivalent of a Good Tickling

It'd be totally understandable if you thought the smart Fortwo was a Japanese model the first time you came across it. After all, they are pretty big on tiny vehicles over there, aren't they? Well, unlike Kei cars that try to keep the ...

 
Peugeot 106 Turbo Custom Build Has +400HP and AWD, Is the True 205 T16 Successor
Peugeot 106 Turbo Custom Build Has +400HP and AWD, Is the True 205 T16 Successor

Among the many things the French have a reputation for (eating baguettes, beating a hasty retreat, smelly cheese), you'll also find their seemingly innate ability to build fast little cars. Throughout the years, the French automotive indust...

 
Carwow's Mat Watson Gets a School Nürburgring Lap Far Scarier Than Any Drag Race
Carwow's Mat Watson Gets a School Nürburgring Lap Far Scarier Than Any Drag Race

Mat Watson's rise to fame coincided with the growing popularity of online videos showing drag races between cars that, generally speaking, were not built with that purpose in mind. One could argue that, when it comes to Mat and drag racing ...

 
Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 Prototype Is Actually Gunning for Tesla's Acceleration Figures
Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 Prototype Is Actually Gunning for Tesla's Acceleration Figures

One year ago, Jeep introduced the Wrangler Magneto concept, an all-electric off-roader that pretty much came out of the blue. Well, the carmaker had just revealed the Wrangler 4xe, the first venture into electrification for the venerable trail mast...

 
Cyber Rodeo: Tesla Is Getting Better at Organizing Events, Making Cars Next?
Cyber Rodeo: Tesla Is Getting Better at Organizing Events, Making Cars Next?

Have you noticed how people - particularly Tesla die-hards - have started calling "cyber" everything triangular? I find it amusing and annoying in equal parts - amusing because it makes it seem as though these people think Elon Musk has j...

 
Ford Focus RS vs Focus ST Drag Race Is a +1000-HP Family Feud
Ford Focus RS vs Focus ST Drag Race Is a +1000-HP Family Feud

The Ford Focus-based hot hatches may not have garnered the same level of fame as something like, say, the Volkswagen GTI, but ask anyone who has driven both and they'll likely say the Blue Oval products are the more involving and more rewardin...

 
2022 Audi RS 3 Sedan Drag Races Audi RS 6 Big Brother - the Revolution Is Televised
2022 Audi RS 3 Sedan Drag Races Audi RS 6 Big Brother - the Revolution Is Televised

For years, we've been told the Audi RS 6 is the perfect mélange of performance, practicality, and sporty luxury. That's because it has massive amounts of power, the quattro all-wheel-drive system to make the most of it, plenty of r...

 
Suzuki Gypsy 6x6 Rendering - the Tiny House Movement Reaches Overlanding
Suzuki Gypsy 6x6 Rendering - the Tiny House Movement Reaches Overlanding

Everybody knows what a tiny house is by now (partially thanks to Elon Musk, but mostly due to the very descriptive nature of the name itself). A lot of people seem to think they are the coolest thing, ignoring the fact they have these thoughts from...

 
Elon Musk Says EV Range Is Overrated Beyond Certain Point, Debate Ensues
Elon Musk Says EV Range Is Overrated Beyond Certain Point, Debate Ensues

Love him or hate him - and these seem to be the two reactions the Tesla CEO elicits in people with very few feeling indifferent about him - Elon does make a valid point here. But so do those who disagree. Let's dig in. The statement came in...

 
Home-Built 400-HP 1500-LBS Triumph Spitfire Is Quite Literally True to Its Name
Home-Built 400-HP 1500-LBS Triumph Spitfire Is Quite Literally True to Its Name

We don't exactly know what it is with the Brits and super-lightweight sports cars, but we're definitely not going to complain about it when it has given us cars such as the Lotus Elise or the Morgan 3 Wheeler. Those more in the know re...

 
Toyota "El Camino" Supra Rendering - You WILL Stare
Toyota "El Camino" Supra Rendering - You WILL Stare

These days, the Coupe Utility Vehicle segment is dead and buried, but that doesn't mean people don't still get sentimental when they hear about names such as the Chevrolet El Camino or the Ford Ranchero. This nostalgia might be caused ...

 
Review Says Mercedes-Benz EQS "Will Make You Puke," But for All the Right Reasons
Review Says Mercedes-Benz EQS "Will Make You Puke," But for All the Right Reasons

You don't have to be new to cars to call the Mercedes-Benz EQS a "spaceship," and you don't really need to spend that much time with it to come to this conclusion. The German electric sedan (I'd call it a "limousine...

 
Ferrari FF Top Speed Autobahn Blast Drops Just in Time Amidst Purosangue Craze
Ferrari FF Top Speed Autobahn Blast Drops Just in Time Amidst Purosangue Craze

It was only a few days ago that the first camouflage-free images of Ferrari's upcoming crossover somehow surfaced on the Internet, so talk about the Italian model is probably at an all-time high. Most people will be focusing on its exterio...

 
Don't Trust This Snow Vs All-Season Tire Comparison, But Follow Its Advice
Don't Trust This Snow Vs All-Season Tire Comparison, But Follow Its Advice

People who drive in the snow regularly know all too well what a big difference having snow-rated tires (proper ones, but more on that later) can make to the way a vehicle behaves in winter conditions. It's actually those who only come across t...

 

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