The Icon-e project by Garage Italia started with the Fiat 500 Jolly with the aim of giving new life to cars through technological improvements and, above all, the electrical redevelopment continues and this time to end up in the hands of the technicians of the hub founded by Lapo Elkann is the timeless Fiat Panda 4×4.
It was 1980 when Giorgetto Giugiaro‘s pen designed the essential and severe design of what would become the city car par excellence. A compact car, perfect for moving through the streets of any city, at ease both in crowded ring roads and in the alleys of historic centers.
“The Panda beats in the hearts of all true car enthusiasts. she has fascinated entire generations thanks to her authentic and sincere spirit, exceptional design and the pragmatic solutions that characterize her.” – Carlo Borromeo, Director of Centro Stile Garage Italia.
So the legendary Panda is the protagonist of the second drop of the Icon-e series that, thanks to the collaboration between Garage Italia and the 5 future owners of these pieces, will see its look revisited 5 times.
The forerunner is Panderis, which will be followed in the coming months by Pandoro, created with fashion designer Marta Ferri, Pand’Art with Arthur Kar de L’Art de L’Automobile, Pandina Jones with the site of vintage car enthusiasts Car&Vintage, and ending with 00Panda for a secret agent.
The first one is Panderis, born from the collaboration with the historic woolen mill based in Biella Vitale Barberis Canonico, thanks to which the interiors have been covered with some of the precious fabrics that have made the mill famous. For the external part, instead, an elegant Barberis Brown was chosen with the beauty line in Blu Vitale.
HARMAN International and JBL, new partners of garage Italia, also gave their personal touch to the car.
But the Panda 4×4 Icon-e does not only change on the outside, but the real revolution takes place where the eye can not get, in fact, the engine has been replaced with an electric power unit with a fully chargeable battery in a period of time ranging from 3 to 8 hours.
“[…]we are happy to be able to consolidate the role of Garage Italia among the companies that deal with electric restomod, a growing phenomenon that totally reflects the company’s DNA in terms of innovation, creativity and heritage”. – Enrico Vitali, CEO of Garage Italia.
With this project Garage Italia aims to make tradition live forever, adapting it to the most modern technologies, but without upsetting its shape.