The Hindustan Motors Ambassador is a legend in Indian automobiles. It was the vehicle that started the automotive scene in India after independence and was discontinued in 2014 because of the BS4 emission norms. You would still be able to see Ambassadors being used as taxi cabs in some parts of our country. While we have covered restoration projects being done on Ambassadors. This is the first time that we will be seeing an Ambassador that has been modified for performance.
The video has been uploaded by Horsepower Cartel on their YouTube channel. The modifications were done by KS Motosport. The person that explains about the modifications is the owner of KS Motorsport itself, Mr Karan Shah. He starts the video by sharing that the original idea was not by him. He was contacted by a person living in the UK who wanted a red Ambassador with around 500 bhp of max power that he will use in UK.
At first, Karan explained to him that it is not just the engine that you have to worry about. It is other things also like the driveshaft, rear differential, suspension setup and other things that should be able to handle that amount of power. But he was able to figure out everything and make the Ambassador on a different chassis. Unfortunately, the owner of that Ambassador passed away.
That same Ambassador was featured in a magazine and someone from India contacted Karan and told them that he wants an Ambassador just like that. So, the person sent his Ambassador to KS Motorsport for modification. The underpinnings and engines were taken from a Nissan S13 and for some cars, the engine from SR20 was used. Once everything was assembled the car was put on a dyno for testing. Karan also drove the modified Ambassador aggressively to ensure that nothing breaks or falls apart.
Once all that is done then the car was sent to the body shop. The front suspension mounts, gearbox tunnel, fenders and other things like lip bumpers are made at the body shop. The problem that the shop faced was that the Ambassador is quite old so Karan was not able to find a locksmith that can fix the locks. Because of that, the door panels were not shutting flush. The mechanicals was done in just two to three months. It was the bodywork that took six to eight months.
This was because the shop would have to find the bumpers, bonnet, rubber bidding, glass etc. This took a lot of time because Ambassador is quite an old vehicle. So, finding spare parts becomes difficult. Once everything was done sound dampening was done and the car was sprayed with a rubberized coating. Then finally the car goes for the paint job.
The modified Ambassador is using 8-piston brake calipers in the front and 4-piston brake calipers at the rear. The Ambassadors with the SR20 engine produces power in excess of 200 bhp. Because the Ambassador is a Nissan S13 underneath it costs quite a bit. The modifications can cost around Rs. 30 lakhs.