Fiat Chrysler Automobile subsidiary Mopar has unleashed what could be the most deadly engine of this time. Evident from its name, the Hellephant takes inspiration from the animal itself to deliver a massive output. This means, a giant supercharged 1,000-bhp crate engine with a massive 1288Nm of torque.
The Hellephant’s engine is a derivative of the 707-hp Hellcrate 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 crate engine that Mopar introduced just a year ago. Only this time, they have cranked up a 41 per cent boost in it. The brand’s latest behemoth-in-a-box harks back to Mopar’s 426 Hemi engine, which debuted in 1964 and was known as the Elephant engine because of its size and power
Sadly, the work of art is not for all cars. Mopar says that the supercharged Hellephant and its installation kits related to it are only intended for motorheads for use in pre-1976 vehicles. At the showcase, the engine was fit into a 1968 Dodge Charger along with other accessories that the company called as the Super Charger.
“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,” Steve Beahm, head of Mopar and passenger car brands for FCA US, said in a statement. “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 four-figure output level, however, does not come easy. The Hellephant engine uses enhanced displacement along with the 4.0 inches of stroke and bore specs at 4.125 inches adds to the work. Mopar says that the engine has an improved supercharger mounted to the all-aluminium block. This can be seen in the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pack race vehicles.
FCA’s parts and service brand will be offering an ‘essential Front End Accessory Drive Kit’, that includes an alternator, power steering pump, belts, pulleys and other items to ease installation.