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Mopar and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are making history once again at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, as they unleash their latest demonic creation, the “Hellephant.” This powerful 426 cubic inch HEMI engine will be a part of the unique engine crate offered by the Mopar brand. The Hellephant earned some serious bragging rights, as this powerful engine boasts a whopping 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb-ft of torque.
Mopar is claiming that the Hellephant is the first 1,000 horsepower crate engine to be offered by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). In addition, Mopar plans on selling it as part of a plug ‘n play kit for those consumers ready to install this modern-world crate HEMI between the fenders of a ‘68 Dodge Charger or ‘71 Plymouth ‘Cuda. The Mopar brand’s past and present are saluted by the engine and kit’s notable “Hellephant” logo that acknowledges the legendary 426 HEMI engine nicknamed the “elephant” engine that was first introduced in 1964.
"Our enthusiasts crave power and performance, and our new 'Hellephant' Mopar Crate HEMI engine and kit deliver huge horsepower and torque in a plug-and-play package that is unique in the industry," said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA - North America. "The 1968 Dodge Charger is one of the hottest classic cars, which is why we decided to use it as a starting point for the 'Super Charger' Concept. It's an amazing vehicle and a great showcase for our 'Hellephant' engine."
Loosely based on the standard Hellcat engine that premiered at last years SEMA show, the Hellephant displacement went up from 6.2 to 7.0-liters, thanks to a bigger bore and stroke. The Hellcat’s iron block is ditched in favor of the all-aluminum block used in the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak race car and saves a significant amount of weight. The new supercharger makes an appearance, as does a set of custom forged pistons and a high-lift cam. The valve train was borrowed from the 840 horsepower V8 that was used on the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
As previously mentioned, the 1,000 horsepower crate engine is offered by an OEM, but the complete assembly includes a water pump, flywheel, front sump oil pan, supercharger with a throttle body, fuel injectors, and coil packs. To enhance the design, Dodge took some valve covers from the Hellcat Redeye, and besides the valve train taken from the SRT Demon, Mopar also borrowed valves, locks, and retainers. Additionally, the “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kit includes a powertrain control module (PCM), power distribution center, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors, fuel pump control module, and a cam bus interface device. The PCM is also unlocked and tuned to pump out those 1,000 horses and 950 lb-ft of torque.
Similar to the Hellcrate engine, a necessary Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit will also be offered by Mopar and includes an alternator, power steering pump, belts, and pulleys are among the additional engine accessory components that are available to help the installation process of the Hellephant.
As the SEMA event comes to a close today, November 2nd, we look forward to seeing the Hellephant on an iconic pre-1976 Dodge model. Consumers should expect to the Hellephant to be available during the first quarter of 2019. For more SEMA and Hellephant updates, follow us on social media and let us know what you think! We look forward to hearing from ya’ll!