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Project - S10 SUPER SPORT

Discussion in 'Classic and Retro FIAT's' started by Nimish antony, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Nimish antony

    Nimish antony Regolare

    The project is to build up a 1.6 Sachin tendulkar endorsed limited edition machine to the original glory embedding the latest modules and develop a Super sport. The project is titled S10 SUPER SPORT

    The story goes into chapters:

    Chapter 1- why S10- The legend lives

    Chapter 2- locating and buying

    Chapter 3- owning a masterpiece

    Chapter 4- Parts collection and budgeting

    Chapter 5- Building the Super sport

    Chapter 6- The era of the super sport which will be continued down the line in the threads to come

    This is a story of the S10- a revamp for the new kids on the block who live in the world where diesel is the way of life. In an era where the new millennium began and performance petrol engines like 1.6 where unheard of, Fiat the silent company launches a signature. The signature is of none other than the living legend Sachin Tendulkar. The man who is the God of cricket endorses a car with his own signature. A total of 500 cars are made and each individually numbered and autographed by the little master. The power and ability of the master blaster to demolish any form of attack took form of a hatch in yellow. It was named after the legend. “The legend of S10”. The car is as fiery as its master. Armed with fire power unleashing 100 horses the 1.6 had 16 valves with shorter gear ratios, it was loaded with amour to suffice the dream of an enthusiast. The car comes with 4 signatures all round, limited edition badges, LE alloys, skirts, LE car audio, door sills, spoiler and an autograph endorsed by sachin. Honda had launched the 1.5 Vtec at the same time with an ad “wolf in sheep’s clothing” but the wolf had no signatures like the cheetah. Like the jungle the wolfs are more in number where the cheetah is still hard to spot. So was the scene of the S10. It attracted only the power hungry owners who wanted to be a cut above the ordinary. The owners had distinction and stood apart from the lay crowd where the canary yellow gains all the attention.

    The S10 was launched in 2002 and I presume was sold till 2004. 10 years later, the car is still the performance benchmark in India. Even in 2012, mid-size cars engines with 1.6 engines with the latest tech in the offing will not stand the heat of the 1.6 S10. The polo 1.6 , the 1.6 ford ikon josh machine the 1.6 Chevrolet petrol engines including the SRV are not even in the league to catch up with the naturally aspirated fiat mill. The 1.6 makes shifting from the old to a new petrol car an extremely difficult decision since there is not a single car up to 10 lakh apart from the Fiesta 1.6 S that can stand shoulder to shoulder with this car.

    The 1.6L Torque engine has power to amaze the present MJD turbo kick on a 90Hp remap car. Power and torque are so well balanced and spread out that you can literally feel a relentless surge of power through almost all rpm's. There is no lag as we usually are tuned to the MJD below 2000 rpm. Its always at the tap of the pedal. Very rarely will you find the S10 falling out of it's rev range. The roll on and mid range are fantastic too. And the growl of the engine is something you buy the car for. An aftermarket exhaust is a must for the enthusiast as the music generated is ultimate nirvana.

    Gear ratio's are perfectly blended to the engine. Its on song and so much in sync with each other.. Shifting gears to hear the engine growl will be so much a common practice. It’s a feeling to be experienced which the Italians gave us. A perfect after market exhaust combined with a performance filter gives you enough kick experienced form a Pink Floyd concert in the wembly stadium. Still incomparable and the legend continues even in the era of Tjets. Comparing the puntos sluggish gear ratios, I feel that the S10's gear shifts are better.

    It’s a totally driver focused car and ride and handling has always been fiats strength. It’s almost at par with the 90Hp punto in that aspect. The legend lives on in the heart and next chapter will tell you how the heart rules over the head.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012
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  2. Wow!!will be great to know about all the mods that is going to take place..So whose S10 is this??
  3. Nimish antony

    Nimish antony Regolare

    well the S10 belongs to me. Photos coming soon
  4. Nimish antony

    Nimish antony Regolare


    Chapter 2

    The story goes on to search an S10 for sale. I had a project to get a suitable s10 to work on and started a hunt through various sites and friends situated throughout India. The hunt was on for a period of 6 months and various cars for sale were looked into. Preference was given to cars down south as the RTO formalities and travel would be much simpler. My search for a kerala registered S10 yielded negative results as there are only 7 cars that have been registered here and none were for sale. All were owned by hard core enthusiasts. The search continued though and went from KA, TN for the mean machine. The conditions were it has to be a single owner or not more than 2 owners, preferably well maintained with good mechanicals, electrical and the most important a body shape. Finally found a good one in Bangalore and spoke to the owner regarding the sale and he promised a delivery within a month since his existing car was getting the paper work done. Kept regular follow ups and shortlisted it. But at the end the owner parts with it to another enthusiast who steals the show.
    Now the hunt continues again.. Alas in vain there are none that are really worthwhile for sale. I really get frustrated as none of the cars I saw enticed me. Almost wound the search when a fellow guy messages me that he spots a car in a hospital in Cochin. Well the car has not been seen around so it aroused interest. Me and a close buddy rush to the scene to check out if the news is true. The car was parked at a hospital parking and it was a yellow one at the first glance from behind. Rush closer and wow.. It has the OE s10 spoiler, C Pillar badge, all OE logos, OE skirts, OE paint as fresh, amazing body shape and all sachin signatures and to my astonishment is KL registered with a fancy number too … My heart goes like WOWWWW!!!!
    Start hunting for the owner and we end up to the security that comes to us asking what we are doing here around the car. We tell him we are in search of the owner of this car and is there any way to find it out. He tells us that the car has been there for the past 3 days and is left unattended. Hopes go in vain but we never lose hope. Now the plan was to offer the security a bribe and get things done. Hand him a 500 Rupee note and gave him my card. Told him to pass it on to the owner and tell him to call me urgently. The security guard is astonished and tells no problem saab. It will be done and he gives me his number to. He was wondering what has this yellow palio has to offer and what makes it special. After around 2 hours the security calls me up and tells that he has handed the number to the owner. I get a call from the owner in another one hour. He likes asks me “ I got your number and why is it that u asked me to call”. Well I tell him “Boss I saw your S10 and just wanted to enquire since the car is well maintained any plans to part with it”. He seems impressed and introduces himself as a pilot for AI and he has come to the hospital since his mother is in a critical condition in the ICU. I apologize for my question and he says it’s ok but says he might think of selling it once his mum is discharged from hospital. He asks me if I want to check the car I can come over and do so. Since I already started to my hometown I inform him that a friend of mine would do so.
    Now my friend has an S10 which is one of the best cars ive ever seen. It’s a gem that has been restored to glory and it has an Italian flag roof. So my friend goes down and sees the car. He later calls me up and gives me the green signal saying doesn’t let it go. I call up the owner and ask him his price. He says one and I say fine its okay with me lets close the deal. The owner has asked for a month’s time since he plans to sell it only after the stipulated time. The wait continues and I get a bit tense because a car that was earlier shortlisted was snatched away by a fellow enthusiast. Anyway after 2 months of waiting he finally agrees to part with his beauty.
    We go as a team to get the car pays the money and as the parent company is reluctant to sell so is the owner. He says “Why do I have to sell this? It has been my true and trusted friend for the past 9 years. We convince him that it is going to be in safe hands of an enthusiast. Finally with much persuasion I get the transfer documents signed, pay the money and bid adieu to the enthusiast who took care of the machine so well. Take the car straight to a S10 specialist to evaluate the things that have to be changed. He just tells me to drive on and there is nothing to be done. In case I’m particular just change the timing belt. Gets the car a full water service and So now a happy owner drives home..
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  5. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

    Linea 1.3
    Eagerly awaiting information on this. I have a Palio 1.2 ELX. Seriously want to make the working and look as good as new. The thread should be really helpful to me.

    Thanks for sharing!!!
  6. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

    I see only FIAT owners being so sentimental to their cars while selling it off. True enthusiasm & decision made by heart which is keeping it so close to your heart. Wonderful write up Nimish :nicethread
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  7. sungoa2010


    Your S10 search was much efficient than a Google search.
    "If there is a will there is a way" you have proved it man.
    Congrats. Waiting for next chapters.
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  8. Nimish antony

    Nimish antony Regolare


    This was the first view i had of the S10. I kept it for a memory of where it was spotted first. The parking lot. Thanks a tonne to my friend who was passing by bus and informed be about the hidden treasure. All i did was to attract it to me :)
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  9. raj29

    raj29 Superiore

    Hi Nimish,
    Am glued to the screen for your next update :)
    Whats happening with your Punto 90HP?
    You garage will now host two beast... ehhh :devil
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  10. teky

    teky Esperto


    So the crazy build begins and I know for the fact that this is going to be one of the best, Awaiting for the rest of saga to unfold. Good Luck Nimish!
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