A Fiat Panda 4x4... up Mount Etna
An epic TG mag adventure from the past 20 years: we drive the Panda up an erupting volcano...
Posted: 15 Oct 2013
Slowly, we wend our way up the track, the lava gradually blanketed by purest white snow. The Panda flickers its traction control and differential lights for the Haldex clutch repeatedly, the blinking yellow eye indicating increased severity, even though it's hard to detect in the cabin.
Still we keep going. The scenery has gone full post-apocalyptic, the charred remains of bits of houses poking out from under smoking sand, the rocks shocked into harsh shapes. The Panda looks soft and round and terribly vulnerable up here.