While preparing to change PUMA LA WRC HAIR PARTY, M-Sport launched a “hands-on” program, starting with a small scale and The first generation of Fiat Panda, the creation of the real “gathering monster”: the Panda by M Sport (Also known as pandammonium).
Designed by M-Sport for a customer who has ordered a vehicle capable of competing in an asphalt and gravel rally, the first work for M-Sport’s new division, M-Sport Special Vehicles, is the result of meticulous work by “cutting and stitching.”
The chassis may be a Fiat Panda, but the chassis is inherited from the first generation Ford Fiesta R5 (2013 to 2019), which is why the British company had to use all its creativity and ingenuity to create this single example.
Half Panda, Half Fiesta R5
Of course, placing the panda’s body on the Fiesta chassis would never be an easy task. To do this, M-Sport had to start with the humble Panda widening by 360mm – did you notice the massive wheel arches inspired, as M-Sport says, from Group B “monsters”?
The fenders are also new but the tailgate is original and inherited from the 4×4 Panda, which is famous Letters Engraved on the plate with a relief inscription.
Although the interior is inspired by the cabin of the original Panda, it features everything you’d expect to find on a rally car: The menu bar, six-point seat belts, and of course the absence of rear seats, they have been replaced by a set of spare tire.
As for the mechanics, it is exactly the same that drove the Ford Fiesta R5 prepared by M-Sport. So, under the hood of the “Super Panda” we find a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine with 300 hp and 450 Nm, which is sent to all four wheels through a five-link chainring gearbox from Sadev.
Equipped with “custom-made” front and rear differentials, this Panda by M-Sport promises to make an impact on the racing stages, and looks like a worthy rival to the legendary (and small, too) MG Metro 6R4.
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