Raise your hand if you observed this coming mainly because we undoubtedly did not. British organization M-Sport, which runs the namesake motorsport crew in WRC, has developed a hybrid. No, you can find no electric powered motor hiding within this boxy hatchback as we’re applying this term to explain the surprising relationship among an primary Fiat Panda and a initially-technology Ford Fiesta R5.
People Lego-like angular wheel arches encouraged by Team B rally autos denote this isn’t your regular Italian metropolis automobile as the little Panda has been extensively modified. Just one could argue it can be much more Ford than Fiat given that it will get the chassis from the rally-spec Fiesta, which required widening the shell by 360 millimeters (14.one inches) to make room for the borrowed bones.
The motor also will come from the Blue Oval, specially a turbocharged, one.six-liter gasoline motor. The 4-pot EcoBoost device has been massaged to supply practically 300 horsepower and an sufficient 332 pound-ft (five hundred Newton-meters) of torque. Output is channeled to both of those axles by way of a five-pace Sadev sequential transmission.
Further improvements have happened inside of the cabin exactly where you will never uncover the rear seats any more. These have been eliminated not to save bodyweight, but rather to in good shape spare wheels given that the mysterious purchaser would like to choose element in rallies on both of those tarmac and gravel. The Pandamonium as it has been baptized by M-Sport also will come with an FIA-homologated roll cage and six-issue harnesses.
When the love affair among a Panda and a Fiesta R5 will remain a one particular-off venture, M-Sport suggests much more special motor vehicles are on the way given that the organization would like to establish a line of bespoke motor vehicles. Meanwhile, the WRC division is placing the finishing touches on a rally-spec Puma hybrid that will celebrate its racing debut in 2022.