Dodge pumps up crate engines to the max by releasing this 1000 hp 7.0L Supercharged V8 Hellephant crate engine just before SEMA.
It’s SEMA time and that means manufacturers are showing off their most crazy products. Mopar has come to steal the show with their 1000 hp crate engine. Last year they introduced their Hellcat crate engine but this year they are (as always) turning things up to 11.
Codenamed the ‘Hellephant’, named after the famous 426 Hemi Engine that was nicknamed the Elephant for its power and size.
Mopar claims that the Hellephant is the first 1000 hp crate engine kit offered by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
The engine started out as the infamous 6.2L Supercharged Hemi V8 that can be found in the Hellcats and Demon. But thanks to a bigger bore and stroke, the displacement increases from 6.2L to 7.0L (hence the 426 designation).
A new supercharger is introduced along with custom forged pistons and a special high-lift cam. But the most significant part of the engine is that it ditches the old iron block that was used in the Hellcat and is now an all-aluminium block similar to the one used in the Challenger Drag Pak race cars.
Mopar plans on selling the Hellephant as part of a plug & play kit for their pre-1979 vehicles. The crate will come with a “front end accessory” kit which includes an alternator, power steering pump and all the belts and pulleys you would need.
Dodge Super Charger
To showcase the Hellephant, Mopar has fitted it into a 1968 Dodge Charger and cleverly nicknamed it: the Super Charger.
Inside the Super Charger, the Hellephant is paired with the same six-speed manual found in the Hellcat. Furthermore the car features different parts around the car to give it the perfect blend of retro and modern. The big vented hood taken from the Demon allows the massive 7.0 to breath as good as possible. From the Hellcat, the Super Charger takes over the widebody arches and the same Devil rim’s, the back ones however have been custom milled to become even wider.
And last but not least: the 5-inch exhausts that run through the tail lights come from across the pond. Yes these are re-engineered from the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
It really shows off the potential this motor has but we can’t stop thinking that Dodge would go through all this just to release it as a crate. Do they still have a card up their sleeve maybe?