Holy “Hellephant”! Mopar unveils 1,000-hp 426 HEMI® Supercharged Crate engine at SEMA

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The gang on the annual SEMA present in Las Vegas has seen lots when it comes to energy and efficiency.

Mopar turned heads this 12 months by going massive. 1,000 horsepower massive.

That will get us to the brand new “Hellephant,” a supercharged 426-cubic-inch HEMI® V-Eight crate engine unveiled at SEMA 2018 and which works on sale within the first quarter of subsequent 12 months. The “Hellephant” feeds 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque into any pre-1976 road or off-road automobile you may match it into. That output degree is on pump gasoline, by the way in which, not some unique racing gasoline.

The identify? Just like the engine, it blends components of legacy and trendy heritage. The 426 Gen 2 HEMI V-Eight from the ‘60s and early ‘70s carried the “Elephant” nickname as a consequence of its energy output and bodily measurement, whereas the fashionable supercharged Gen three HEMI V-Eight is the “Hellcrate” engine, debuted by Mopar final 12 months at SEMA.

Key components of the “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate Engine embrace:

  • Race-proven aluminum block from the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak automobiles that dominated the NHRA’s Manufacturing facility Inventory Showdown class
  • three.Zero-liter IHI supercharger with higher-efficiency rotors, working 15 psi of increase
  • Valvetrain and valves adopted from the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon engine
  • Excessive-lift camshaft
  • Customized-forged pistons

Identical to the opposite members of the Mopar Crate Engine household, the “Hellephant” 426 gives true plug-and-play set up with the Engine Equipment that features an unlocked Powertrain Management Module, engine and chassis wiring harnesses, energy distribution middle and digital throttle pedal. There’s additionally a Entrance Finish Accent Drive (FEAD) equipment that features an alternator, pulleys and drive belt.

The 1968 Dodge Charger, left, was the start line for the FCA Product Design Workplace’s replace, the Dodge “Tremendous Charger” idea.

What are you able to do with a “Hellephant” 426 engine? Mopar and the FCA US Product Design Workplace determined it was an excellent place to begin on a challenge to mark the 50th anniversary of an iconic design – the 1968 Dodge Charger.

The second-generation Charger is an extended and extensive automotive that exudes velocity and efficiency and have become a favourite of film administrators, most notably flying by the streets of San Francisco in “Bullitt.” The design was constructed for under three years nevertheless it nonetheless turns heads at the moment.

5 many years later, designers tackled the problem of preserving the spirit of the 1968 Charger whereas modernizing it. The outcome: the 1968 Dodge “Tremendous Charger” idea, additionally unveiled on the 2018 SEMA present.

In fact, the guts of the “Tremendous Charger” is the “Hellephant” 426 HEMI Crate Engine beneath the customized fiberglass hood with a modified scoop adopted from the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

The FCA design crew needed the automotive’s appears to be like to match the engine’s brawn. The checklist of modifications consists of:

  • Two-inch stretch within the wheelbase, transferring the entrance wheels ahead to cut back the overhang
  • Entrance and rear tracks widened by 5 inches
  • 2.5-inch decrease trip peak in entrance, three.5 inches decrease within the rear
  • Headlamps from the 2019 Dodge Challenger shine behind blacked-out fastened vertical slats grille
  • Door handles and window drip rails “shaved” to create clean physique look
  • Customized “De Grigio” grey metallic paint
  • Wing vent home windows in entrance doorways changed by single-piece door glass
  • Rear seat deleted, entrance bench seat changed by bucket seats from Dodge Viper

In an actual twist, the design crew saved the unique look and placement of round taillights, however converted the 4 models into high-mounted exhaust shops (utilizing Alfa Romeo Stelvio exhaust suggestions from the Mopar catalog) with the exhaust pipes routed by protecting containers within the trunk. LEDs forged purple mild across the exhaust ports for the right brake mild illumination.

Whereas the 1968 Dodge “Tremendous Charger” is a one-off idea, it reveals what efficiency automotive fans can do with a dose of creativity and the Mopar elements catalog, together with the household of crate engines headed by the Hellephant 426 HEMI.

What extra does it take to prime your creativeness?

Mopar Or No Automotive!


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