The boffins at M-Sport in the UK, the team behind Ford entry in the World Rally Championship, have created the Ultimate Fiat Panda.
They took a stock Fiat Panda 4×4 shell and matted it with a Ford Fiesta R5 which involved widening the body shell by 360mm so that it could fit the R5 running gear. So as not to lose the famous Panda body shape look, the team added wider wheel arches so as to mate the R5 platform.
Under the bonnet of the Panda is a 1.6 litre Ford Eco-Boost engine, which kicks out 300 bhp and 450nm of torque, shifting is handled by a Sadev 5 speed Sequential.
Inside, as you would expect, the interior features FIA spec roll cage, driver and co-driver six-point harnesses. In the back there is no rear seat, that’s been taken up by a spare wheel, usual set up for a rally car. One nice touch , is that the dash is inspired by the same one from early Panda’s
No word as yet if we will see this thing on any dirt/tarmac rallys in the future, but hopefully it might do some cool appearances.
Check out the video below of the Panda in action.. Also tell us in the comments below, if you could mate any two cars together what would be your choice.