Increase your hand if you noticed this coming because we surely did not. British company M-Activity, which runs the namesake motorsport group in WRC, has established a hybrid. No, there’s no electric motor hiding in just this boxy hatchback as we’re using this term to explain the sudden marriage amongst an initial Fiat Panda and a to start with-era Ford Fiesta R5.
Individuals Lego-like angular wheel arches inspired by Group B rally cars and trucks denote this is not your regular Italian town motor vehicle as the minimal Panda has been extensively modified. One could argue it really is extra Ford than Fiat given that it receives the chassis from the rally-spec Fiesta, which demanded widening the shell by 360 millimeters (fourteen.one inches) to make space for the borrowed bones.
The motor also will come from the Blue Oval, precisely a turbocharged, one.six-liter gasoline motor. The 4-pot EcoBoost unit has been massaged to produce nearly 300 horsepower and an enough 332 pound-toes (500 Newton-meters) of torque. Output is channeled to the two axles by a five-speed Sadev sequential transmission.
Supplemental changes have transpired inside the cabin where you will never locate the rear seats any more. These have been taken out not to preserve bodyweight, but fairly to in shape spare wheels given that the mysterious buyer would like to get aspect in rallies on the two tarmac and gravel. The Pandamonium as it has been baptized by M-Activity also will come with an FIA-homologated roll cage and 6-position harnesses.
Even though the really like affair amongst a Panda and a Fiesta R5 will continue to be a one-off challenge, M-Activity claims extra special autos are on the way given that the company would like to build a line of bespoke autos. In the meantime, the WRC division is placing the finishing touches on a rally-spec Puma hybrid that will celebrate its racing debut in 2022.