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FCA addresses Hellephant in the room at SEMA

Mopar makes 1000-hp crate engine with plug-and-play kit for pre-1976 cars

Published: November 13, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: November 23, 2018, 5:38 AM

Hellephant engine and Dodge Super Charger Concept

At the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles addressed the Hellephant in the room, which is the desire for more aftermarket power, with mammoth power figures from a 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate Hemi.

Hellephant engine branding

The Supercharged 7.0-litre Hemi V-8 makes 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque, a first for a Mopar crate engine, and is branded to pay tribute to the legendary “elephant” 426 Hemi engine (1964’s carburetted overhead-valve engine that made 425 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque) and to last-year’s 707-hp Mopar Hellcrate 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V-8 (the Hellcat engine) that makes 650 lb-ft of torque..

Relatively simple to “plug and play” (ready for pre-1976 street and track cars), the Hellephant engine was showcased at SEMA in the Dodge “Super Charger” Concept. The engine will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2019.

Mopar’s Hellephant engine - introduced at 2018 SEMA show.

“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, FCA’s Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands in 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.”

The Hellephant aluminum-block engine features a high-efficiency supercharger, high-lift cam, custom-forged pistons, valve covers from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, and valve train, valves, locks and retainers pulled from the Challenger SRT Demon.

2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye engine cover - used on Mopar’s Hellephant crate engine.

The engine kit includes an unlocked powertrain control module, power distribution center, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors, fuel pump control module and cam bus interface device.

Mopar will also offer a Front End Accessory Drive Kit — alternator, power-steering pump, belts, among other components — essential to installation.

Mopar’s Hellcrate engine - introduced at 2017 SEMA show.

More information on the engine, kit and installation is available at www.cratehemi.com.