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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...
Is Automotive Design Really on a Downward Slope, or Are You Just Getting Old?
Is Automotive Design Really on a Downward Slope, or Are You Just Getting Old?

14 Jan 2023, 10:34 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / For two concepts that are quite literally antithetical, beauty and ugliness have quite a few things in common. For one, they're about as old as time - or, more likely, as old as there was anyone around to pass a judgment. That brings us nea...

 
The Curious Case of the Car Everyone Wanted, But Nobody Bought: The Land Rover Discovery 5
The Curious Case of the Car Everyone Wanted, But Nobody Bought: The Land Rover Discovery 5

11 Jan 2023, 16:36 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / What are Land Rover products best known for? If you ask enthusiasts of the brand (and there are plenty of them), they'll say it's making pretty darn good off-roaders straight out of the box. If you ask anyone else, they'll say it is ...

 
Surrounded by Traffic: Residential Building Sits Dead-Center Inside Roundabout
Surrounded by Traffic: Residential Building Sits Dead-Center Inside Roundabout

11 Jan 2023, 13:14 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / Look, if anyone is going to sit here and tell you city planning is simple, it won't be me. I mean, I have my fair share of hours spent (wasted?) playing SimCity in its various iterations, but that hardly makes me an expert. Well, I'd vent...

 
Tesla Driver Narrowly Escapes Explosion After Being Pulled Out of Burning EV
Tesla Driver Narrowly Escapes Explosion After Being Pulled Out of Burning EV

11 Jan 2023, 09:12 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / Whenever a car crash involving a Tesla makes the headlines, the vehicle's pseudo-self-driving technology tends to be the main talking point. Well, I'm not entirely sure whether the fact this Monday night incident from South Korea makes an...

 
Hummer H1-Based DIY Overlander Is a Hell's Revenge-Rated Miniature Mobile Home
Hummer H1-Based DIY Overlander Is a Hell's Revenge-Rated Miniature Mobile Home

10 Jan 2023, 12:01 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / More and more people are getting fed up with their nine-to-five jobs that have them sat in a chair the whole time and only very rarely actually allow them to get up and leave at five in the afternoon. However, they need the money, so taking the obv...

 
Driver Claims BMW SUV Hit 110 MPH in 30 MPH Zone on Its Own Volition
Driver Claims BMW SUV Hit 110 MPH in 30 MPH Zone on Its Own Volition

9 Jan 2023, 14:28 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / It would appear Tesla is not the only brand whose cars are becoming sentient, trying to "terminate" their human masters. At least that's what happened to a 71-year-old British driver, if you can believe it. As cars become more and...

 
Turbo vs Supercharged Challenge, the Exciting Small French Hot Hatch Edition
Turbo vs Supercharged Challenge, the Exciting Small French Hot Hatch Edition

9 Jan 2023, 12:38 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / Say what you want about the French, but they sure know how to make fun cars. Some people will insist they're not exactly stellar when it comes to reliability - though, like in so many other cases, that's more myth than reality - and I kno...

 
Lewis Hamilton Open to Joining Ratcliff in Potential Manchester United FC Purchase
Lewis Hamilton Open to Joining Ratcliff in Potential Manchester United FC Purchase

8 Sep 2022, 14:26 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / With his Formula 1 career presumably reaching its golden years, the 37-year-old Brit must be beginning to think about the things that will keep him busy after he retires from the competition that built his fame after winning it a joint-record seven...

 
Taking a Dodge Challenger Off-Road Proves a Very Dodgy Decision
Taking a Dodge Challenger Off-Road Proves a Very Dodgy Decision

8 Sep 2022, 13:13 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / "So, we got a call for a Dodge Challenger that is stuck in the sand out here in Washington" is probably one of the phrases you are least expected to hear. First off, you're not into off-road recovery, so why would anyone call you for...

 
Jeep Trackhawk Vs Hennessey Mammoth Drag Race Can't Have Any Losers
Jeep Trackhawk Vs Hennessey Mammoth Drag Race Can't Have Any Losers

7 Sep 2022, 15:34 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / I honestly wish someone could have counted how many times a Hellcat V8 has been involved in a drag race because I have a strong feeling it would be one of the largest figures we've ever heard of. Not only is the 6.2-liter unit quite ubiquitous...

 
Overlanding Legend Demolishes New Land Rovers, Issues Challenge to Be Proven Wrong
Overlanding Legend Demolishes New Land Rovers, Issues Challenge to Be Proven Wrong

6 Sep 2022, 15:16 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / I'm willing to bet this is not the first time you've heard somebody slag off the new(ish) Land Rover products for their reliability. However, most people tend to complain about how likely the British SUVs are to break down, but Australian...

 
A Mark 4 VW Golf Wagon and 1,080 HP - Could That Just Be the Perfect Sleeper Recipe?
A Mark 4 VW Golf Wagon and 1,080 HP - Could That Just Be the Perfect Sleeper Recipe?

6 Sep 2022, 08:20 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / Look, I don't know what it's like in your neck of the woods, but over here, not a day goes by without crossing paths with a car that looks like it has 1,000 hp while actually being bone-stock from a technical perspective. There's ...

 
18 YO in a Tesla Clocked at 118 MPH in a 25 MPH Zone, Instant Torque FTW
18 YO in a Tesla Clocked at 118 MPH in a 25 MPH Zone, Instant Torque FTW

8 Aug 2022, 11:09 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / If this were to happen during medieval times (that would have to be a very fast horse, I know, but bear with me, it will kind of make sense shortly) and the punishment for speeding was stoning, then this guy could very easily come out of it unscath...

 
This Imperial Star Destroyer Build Has a Swedish Twist, Lots of Explaining to Do
This Imperial Star Destroyer Build Has a Swedish Twist, Lots of Explaining to Do

8 Aug 2022, 09:20 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / The only thing scarier than what some of the world's most ridiculous car mods look like is the fact there seems to be a seemingly endless supply of them. If you look in the right places, you'll find dozens showing up every day for us to l...

 
High Stakes All-Ford Drag Race: Mustang GT vs Mach-E GT Mustang-Wannabe
High Stakes All-Ford Drag Race: Mustang GT vs Mach-E GT Mustang-Wannabe

27 Jul 2022, 13:41 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / Welcome to yet another confrontation between a car that uses an internal combustion engine (ICE) and one that relies on the flow of electrons to get its wheels spinning. Yes, we too have seen more than we can count over the past five years or so, a...

 
2006 Corvette C6 Gets Mazda RX7 Three-Rotor Turbo Engine, Plenty Attitude Too
2006 Corvette C6 Gets Mazda RX7 Three-Rotor Turbo Engine, Plenty Attitude Too

13 Jul 2022, 20:33 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / When it comes to how safe the LS V8 should feel inside a Chevrolet Corvette's engine bay, the answer is "very." Not only does it provide a more than an adequate match for America's favorite sports car, but the cult following of ...

 
Donald Trump and Elon Musk Enter Spicy Online Feud, Popcorn Stock Value Rises
Donald Trump and Elon Musk Enter Spicy Online Feud, Popcorn Stock Value Rises

13 Jul 2022, 12:11 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / There was a time when both Elon Musk and Donald Trump were both fighting for the title of Twitter's Greatest of All Time (GOAT), but then one got banned for spreading misinformation, leaving the other with a clear run to the prize. Not the ...

 
BMW iX M60 Top Speed Autobahn Review Drops a Lot of Truth Bombs
BMW iX M60 Top Speed Autobahn Review Drops a Lot of Truth Bombs

12 Jul 2022, 13:27 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / Even though it's been a while since BMW's electric SAV broke cover, we haven't quite reached that moment where we can talk about the iX without mentioning its exterior design. It's like that famous Marilyn Monroe picture - it�...

 
All-Ferrari Drag Race Offers Answer for Eternal "Road Vs Track" Debate
All-Ferrari Drag Race Offers Answer for Eternal "Road Vs Track" Debate

12 Jul 2022, 08:53 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / Ferrari may not be the first name that pops into mind when thinking about track cars, but that's only because the Italian manufacturer's creations tend to maintain a certain level of luxury not normally associated with this type of vehicl...

 
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

24 Apr 2022, 11:34 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / 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 ...

 

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