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Dodge's new Hellephant crate engine is pure American muscle


Move over Hellcrate: Hellephant HEMI V8 pushes out over a thousand horsepower, torque

Find the SRT Demon Hellcat Redeye’s 800 PS still a bit tamed? Is the Hellcrate V8’s 717 PS not enough for your restomod or project car? Well we have some good news for you as Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently unleashed their most powerful V8 crate motor to date, the ‘Hellephant’.

A nod to the original ‘elephant’ 426 cu inch V8 that was first introduced back in 1964, the Hellephant is a modern, souped-up rendition that brings supercharged crate motor technology into the modern age. With over 1,000 PS on tap, the Hellephant is the epitome of the brand’s commitment of bringing performance to their customers.


The new crate motor is packaged in a unique concept called the ‘Super Charger’. It’s based off a 1968 Dodge Charger that features a radically-styled bodywork. A huge fiberglass-steel hood with built-in scoops deliver fresh air towards the engine while the headlights have been modified to fit the Hellcat’s modern LED lamps. The door handles have been meticulously shaved away which gives the car a sleeker appearance. 

It also has a wider, lower stance thanks to the custom fiberglass wheel flares, 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch lowering kit for the rear and front suspensions, staggered 20- and 21-inch wheels, extended wheelbase, and flush-fitted fiberglass front and rear bumpers. Topping everything off are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio-derived 5-inch dual exhaust pipe finishers that exit through the taillights, Satin Black vinyl decals and bespoke badging all around.

As mentioned earlier, the centerpiece of this unique build is an all-aluminum beast of a V8. More powerful than the Hellcrate that they revealed last year, the Hellephant is the automaker’s latest ‘plug and play’ crate motor that displaces 7.0-liters (426 cu inch) and cranks out a monstrous 1010 PS with nearly 1300 Nm of pulling power. On this particular concept, power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed T-6060 SRT Hellcat manual transmission.

This was made possible thanks to a lightweight yet powerful supercharger that complements the all-aluminum plant. It also comes with valve covers and valve train borrowed from the SRT Hellcat Redeye; valves, locks and retainers from the SRT Demon; along with a special high-lift cam and custom-forged pistons.

Since it’s a crate motor, the package includes the following key components: water pump, flywheel, front sump oil pan, fuel injectors, coil packs, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, ground jumper, fuel pump control module, oxygen sensors, accelerator pedal, charge air temperature sensors and a cam bus interface device as such. 

“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. 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,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service for Mopar and Passenger Car Brands - FCA North America. 

The 426 Hellephant V8 crate motor will be available for customers in Q1 of 2019.

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