Fiat Panda by M-Sport a one-of-a-kind rally car

 

‘Pandamonium’ is a Panda body atop a Fiesta WRC rally car chassis

English auto racing and engineering firm M-Sport is possibly best recognized for the Bentley Continental GT3 endurance racer and the Ford Fiesta R5 client rally car. Because building the initial of 294 Feast R5 Mk. I cars in 2013, the fleet of pint-sized competitors has won an overall of more than 950 races. So when a longstanding M-Sport customer asked the company to do something unique with a clapped-out, 1990s-era Fiat Panda that would preserve the cars and truck’s Panda-ness but also make it a stonking rally auto, M-Sport chose to combine the Italian with the Anglo-American. The result is the Panda by M-Sport, an expanded Panda bodyshell reduced atop a Carnival R5 chassis and also engine. Otherwise called Panda’ monium. Or Pandiesta, if you’re tipsy.

Simply suitable the skinny Fiat over the tube-frame framework meant broadening the Panda’s body shell by 14.2 inches; that slick grille is in fact made of 2 Panda grilles to gain the called for size. That surgery aids preserve the initial Panda’s shape, but much more was needed to glide the Feast’s wider track beneath. Much more latitudinal stretch was given by the box-section wheel arches that, up front, flow into a front bumper that is half snowplow. In the longitudinal instructions, the Pandiesta’s wheelbase is 12.6 inches much longer than that of the stock Panda.

The Ford’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder lives under the hood. It sends out virtually 300 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque to 4 Pirelli P Nos via a five-speed sequential transmission and two custom differentials. The brand-new back diffuser and solitary, main exhaust share the severity of the undertaking. Hand-embossed text spells “PANDA 4×4” on the back hatch in case anyone has questions about this having as much capability as the standard Panda 4×4. The interior is all Fiesta R5 save for the Panda-mimicking control panel as well as the co-driver’s footrest. The last is additionally etched with the word “PANDA.”.

Regardless of the certificate plate, there’s no question of street validity right here, or rather outrage. M-Sport claims the Panda’ monium prepares to do any kind of unique stage on tarmac or crushed rock. Appears this is additionally the vehicle that releases a new department for consumer developments called MS-SV, which is M-Sport Special Automobiles. You can see M-Sport owner Malcom Wilson take you on trip of the Panda by M-Sport in the video at top, and also check out what the finished item can do on a track below.