Is MOPAR’s 1000 hp “Hellephant” Crate Engine a Game Changer? (Of course it is.)

The “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI® Engine is a Mopar-first for a 1,000 horsepower crate engine kit offered by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
The “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI® Engine is a Mopar-first for a 1,000 horsepower crate engine kit offered by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

Mopar came into SEMA guns-a-blazing by announcing their new “Hellephant” crate engine.  By name alone you can probably guess this won’t be an eco-friendly 4 cylinder crate motor. The “Hellephant” will be a 1000 horsepower 426 cubic-inch supercharged Hemi crate engine kit.

“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.”

People may be familiar with the new concept since it nods back to the old days. People may recall the “elephant” nickname stemming from the first 426 HEMI engine that was introduced in 1964, named for its massive power and size.

Some other features of the “Hellephant” engine include valve covers straight from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and valve train, valves, locks and retainers pulled from the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The engine build includes a special high-lift cam, as well as custom-forged pistons.

The “Hellephant’s” complete engine assembly includes a water pump, flywheel, front sump oil pan, supercharger with throttle body, fuel injectors and coil packs. The engine assembly and kit are designed for installation on pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles. Similar to the “Hellcrate” engine. Mopar will also have a Front End Accessory Drive kit, which gives you an alternator, power steering pump, belts, pulleys, to help with keep the peace with all of your components after you install the massive motor.

The “Hellephant” will be offered in early 2019.

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