Ambassador Hindustan fights Fiat 1100 in slowest drag race ever
Have you ever wondered which popular taxi in India is the fastest? Well, in Autocar India’s latest video we see the Hindustan Ambassador taking on his rival the Fiat 1100 in a heated drag race. Before starting the video, be sure to clear your schedule as this quarter mile run is going to take a while.
The Hindustan Ambassador is a sturdy classic taxi used across India to transport passengers through congested city streets. These taxis must also tackle rough roads and potholes on the outskirts of the city with an emphasis on sustainability. The Simple Hindustan Ambassador is a favorite among taxi drivers who appreciate its simple construction and focus on sustainability. The Hindustan Ambassador was built from 1958 to 2014, which means there are tons of examples available as well as a constant flow of spare parts.
The Ambassador used in this drag race is equipped with the most powerful 1.8-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine that produces approximately 60 horsepower (45 kilowatts). This weak engine sends power to the rear wheels via a floor-mounted 5-speed manual transmission. On the outside, the Ambassador also features an odd fender mounted on the roof just above the windshield, which is primarily intended for styling, given downforce is not a factor for a car. also slow.
To compete with the Ambassador, Autocar host Cyrus Dhabhar brought in his highly modified Fiat 1100. When Cyrus lists the amazing parts like his Fiat which includes Group A rally engine parts, you would expect this to be a very unfair fight. That is until you realize the power has gone from 30 horsepower (22 kilowatts) to about 50 horsepower (37 kilowatts). The Fiat 1100 also has to make do with a staggered column transmission which is not ideal for racing applications.
Which of these classic Indian taxis is the best? Well, in the case of a simple drag race, the standard Ambassador Hindustan beats the brave Fiat 1100 by a few seconds.