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The 'Pandamonium' Is Part Fiat Panda, Part Fiesta Rally Car

M-Sport has squeezed the body of an old Fiat Panda over the running gear of a Fiesta R5 rally car

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The Fiat Panda is a car that’s as humble as it is cutesy and as honest as it is relaxed. It’s a model that’s never taken itself too seriously and has grown to be adored the world over as a result.

It’s certainly not a machine that’s associated with breakneck acceleration, apex-hunting grip, and volatile aggression. The Panda is the complete opposite of all those things, embodying a James May instead of a Jeremy Clarkson.

Fiat - The 'Pandamonium' Is Part Fiat Panda, Part Fiesta Rally Car - News

Located in a quaint corner of the evergreen Lake District, M-Sport is a specialised division that has long been building Bentley’s GT3 cars and Ford’s rally rockets - with their latest creation, the 2022 Ford Puma WRC, set for imminent release.

You can probably see where we’re going with this. M-Sport received a special request from a customer to convert a modest 4x4 Panda into a barbaric rally car, and as expected, it duly complied.

Fiat - The 'Pandamonium' Is Part Fiat Panda, Part Fiesta Rally Car - News

Called the ‘Pandamonium’, this tiny Cane Corso puppy has very big personality traits, all of which have been pulled straight from the R5-regulated Ford Fiesta rally car: M-Sport’s most successful vehicle to date.

For some perspective on just what has been squeezed into this pint-sized Turinese car, the R5 Fiesta has a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, producing 300bhp and 332lb ft of torque. This is sent to all four wheels through a five-speed ‘Sadev’ sequential gearbox.

Fiat - The 'Pandamonium' Is Part Fiat Panda, Part Fiesta Rally Car - News

The original Panda shell has been widened by a whopping 360mm, giving room to fit it over a Fiesta R5 chassis. The extra girth comes mostly via some “aggressively styled” wheel arches, ensuring the original Panda shape is still there, while also giving a Group B-like look.

Inside, there’s a basic dashboard inspired by the original Panda part, plus all sorts of safety gear. Items on the menu include an FIA-spec roll cage, bucket seats and six-point harnesses.

M Sport is so pleased with the Pandamonium company director Matthew Wilson, says ‘’it has provided M-Sport with the perfect springboard to launch M-Sport Special Vehicles’’ - something that will surely whet the appetite of enthusiasts everywhere.