I don’t even know if anyone expected Mopar to introduce a 1,000hp crate engine. Everyone I spoke to was still sufficiently shocked by the 6.2L Hellcrate and its 707 hp. Who would need more than that? Mopar thinks you do. Ignoring most of the existing crate-engine parts, Mother outdid herself by finishing development of the new Gen III–based 7.0L Hemi block, then exhumed the Elephant nickname from 1964. Then stuffed all the parts into a crate and called it the Hellephant.The Hellephant is based on a reworked aluminum Gen III 426ci block that has additional castings in the lifter valley and crankcase, heavy-duty internals, and 3.0L supercharger. The dyno said 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque, so be prepared to upgrade the transmission and maybe the driveshaft, differential, and brakes. The block has a 4.00-inch stroke and 4.125-inch bore, and was drag-tested in the 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class before being modified for the street.There wasn’t a price when we saw it, but the promise was a turnkey—or “almost” turnkey—package that includes a PCM, power distribution center, wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, and all the little parts to drop it into an A-, B-, C-, or E-Body. Mopar also took care of the FEAD with an option for power steering.
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This goes way beyond a crate engine with a big number. The Hellephant is designed to use 93-octane fuel, and if you already have a sturdy fuel system with an electric pump and a great cooling system, all the difficult parts are done. We’ve played with the crate engine wiring harness and installation system in the past, and it is really just a matter of having a good power and ground.
The 1968 Dodge “Super Charger” Charger Concept incorporates modern touches, including the new 1,000 horsepower “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI® Engine, shown in background, to reimagine one of the most iconic vehicles ever built by FCA US.Remember this day. Now you can buy a 1,000hp, bolt-in, likely warrantied, crate engine from the factory and install it in whatever you like. No plumbing turbos, no monster nitrous hits or huge compression or cubic inches required. How long will it be before we see one swapped into a Mustang?