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Mopar’s Hellephant Crate Engine and Super Charger Blend Past and Present

Posted November 12, 2018 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: dodge Hellcat Hellephant pony cars

Let’s face it: Nostalgia still sells, especially to hardcore horsepower junkies. To highlight its latest crate engine offering, the 1,000-hp Hellephant supercharged HEMI V-8, FCA could have dropped it into a current Challenger or Charger and called it done. Instead, the automaker opted to retromod an iconic muscle car from its past, the 1968 Charger, creating the Super Charger concept. While the Super Charger will remain a one-off, the Hellephant crate engine and accessories will be available to builders early next year.

Officially, the name of the new engine is the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI Engine, and its logo blends the legendary 426 displacement number with an angry-looking cartoon elephant. Both are a nod to its heritage, as the 426 street Hemi was frequently called “the elephant,” both for its size and its power.

Displacement is technically 428, but Dodge wants to pull on those nostalgia threads.

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11/12/2018 7:31 PM

"Packaging NOT included"...vehicle only for historical linkage.

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11/13/2018 11:20 AM

You should NEVER drop in an engine and call it done.

The engine mentioned in this article makes 950 ft/lbs of torque. Will a stock transmission work with this input? Once for sure, twice? Probably not. Will the chassis stand up to this torque? With street tires yes, with slicks, once. Ever seen a car spit out a windshield and or rear window because someone put a high output engine in it? It's really impressive. It's best to take a systems approach to building a car, like the professionals do.

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