Lapo Elkann unleashes his great talent in the automotive field and does so with his latest project.
This is the transformation of an old Fiat Panda 4 × 4 that becomes electric, a vintage operation that was obviously carried out by his company Garage Italia, which continues to create new electric models starting from historic and iconic cars that are in our hearts.
This project is the second in the Icon-e trend , Lapo Elkann’s creative laboratory has in fact started the business by changing the 500 Jolly , which has had a great success. The engine of the old Fiat Panda 4 × 4 was also replaced this time by an electric power unit, created thanks to the collaboration with the Newton Group, another Italian company, based in Sicily. The car so transformed today is able to reach a maximum speed of 115 km / h and to travel with 100 km of autonomy.
Under the fuel flap a type 2 socket has been installed, which allows the iconic vehicle to be recharged to zero emissions. The batteries can be fully recharged from three to eight hours, depending on whether the column or the domestic socket. The old Panda 4 × 4 are repainted and restored, after having undergone a profound revision of each mechanical part.
Enrico Vitali, AD Garage Italia , said: “Given the success of the Fiat 500 Jolly Icon-e , we are happy to consolidate the role of Garage Italia among the companies that deal with electric restomods. A growing phenomenon that totally reflects the company’s DNA in terms of innovation, creativity and heritage“. Carlo Borromeo, Director of Garage Italia Style Center, added: “The Panda beats in the hearts of all true car lovers. He has fascinated entire generations thanks to his sincere spirit, exceptional design and pragmatic solutions. For this second edition of the Icon-e initiative we wanted to pay tribute to the multi-faceted character of this car. Realising 5 variants together with as many exceptional partners, creating unique cars, each in its own way”.
Panda Icon-e will be shown in five different special four-wheel drive versions , unique vehicles that will tell the story of their future owners, with particular names, in the great and unique style of Lapo Elkan n. Just to give a taste, there will be Pandoro and Pandina Jones , for example , and there will also be 00Panda , the secret agent.