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‘Hellephant’ Dodge Super Charger takes on SEMA 2018!


Hellephant Supercharged 1,000 horsepower crate engine unveils at SEMA

Another First for Mopar!

Mopar brand is roaring into the 2018 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show revealing a brand-new HEMI-engine-powered beast: the ‘Hellephant’ 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine, cranking at a mammoth 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb.-ft. of torque. 

The Mopar exhibit at SEMA includes a 1968 Dodge Super Charger Concept – with ‘Hellephant’ installed perfectly highlighting the 426 Supercharged Crate HEMI engine assembly and kit.

2018 SEMA Dodge

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

‘Hellephant’ Supercharged Power Plant

The ‘Hellephant’ engine makes the 1,000-horsepower mark via bulked-up displacement, with 4.0 inches of stroke and bore specs at 4.125 inches. An improved supercharger with a high-efficiency rotor is mounted on the all-aluminum block, which provides huge weight savings. The all-aluminum block, used in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak race vehicles, has been configured for the street in close collaboration with Mopar and engineers from the motorsports world.

The engine and kit’s distinctive ‘Hellephant’ logo honors Mopar brand’s past and present. The logo and name refer to the legendary 426 HEMI engine, first introduced in 1964 which was nicknamed the “elephant” engine for its power and size, as well as recognizing the 707-horsepower Mopar Hellcrate Engine Kit, revealed at last year’s SEMA Show.

The complete engine assembly includes a water pump, flywheel, front sump oil pan, supercharger with throttle body, fuel injectors and coil packs.

Additional features of the “‘Hellephant’” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine include valve covers imported from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and valve train, valves, locks and retainers pulled from the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

The engine build includes a special high-lift cam, as well as custom-forged pistons.

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Plug-in and Drive (sort of)

Dropping in the ‘Hellephant’ is almost turnkey. When paired with the Mopar ‘Hellephant’ 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kit, it is a relatively simple plug-and-play by experienced installers.

The kit includes a powertrain control module (PCM), 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. The PCM is unlocked and tuned to pump out 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb.-ft. torque.

As with the Hellcrate 707 horsepower engine introduced at SEMA last year, Mopar will also offer an essential Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit, which includes an alternator, power-steering pump, belts, pulleys and more, and is among additional engine accessory hardware components available to assist in installing the ‘Hellephant’. 

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Designed for installation on pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles, the kit ships in unique packaging, featuring the ‘Hellephant’ logo and includes in-depth information sheets with helpful installation tips and requirements.

The ‘Hellephant’ 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine assembly and kit will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

More information on Mopar Crate HEMI engines is available at www.cratehemi.com

1968 Dodge “Super Charger” Concept

A massive power plant like the ‘Hellephant’ needs the ‘right’ ride to showcase its capabilities and what is more appropriate than the 1968 Dodge Charger as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2018?

The 1968 Dodge Charger, of my generation, is one of the most iconic vehicles ever built by FCA US.  Mopar has reimagined the 1968 Charger, including modern elements from the current Dodge Charger SRT and the Dodge Challenger SRT lineup, in order to create the unique package that showcases the Mopar brand’s new ‘Hellephant’ 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine and kit.

2018 SEMA Dodge
2018 SEMA Dodge

The result is the 1968 Dodge Super Charger Concept powered by the ‘Hellephant’ 426 power plant mated to a stock T-6060 manual six-speed Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat transmission – a road (or track) conquering combination for sure.

Powertrain in place, Mopar turned to making the classic 1968 Dodge Charger unique and distinctive to suit its half-century birthday.  First looks are important, so the color had to be just right – and it is –in  a custom ‘De Grigio’ Grey Metallic

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The Satin Black continues inside on door panels and interior trim with the unique ‘Hellephant’ milled medallion applied on the upper door panels. A Dodge Viper steering wheel displays the ‘Hellephant’ medallion and the instrument panel insert is in the De Grigio Grey Metallic body color with the dash customized with a full array of Mopar gauges.

The manual shifter from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat anchors the center console that also includes the ignition button and toggle switches for the headlamps, wipers, fog lights and hazard lights. Dodge Viper seats, re-wrapped in Alcantara leather accented with red stitching, replace the stock seating.  Seats are fitted with four-point Sabelt black racing harnesses.

2018 SEMA Dodge
2018 SEMA Dodge

Other features are:

  • Custom 2-inch roll cage for safety
  • Challenger SRT Demon net allows for storage of racing equipment such as helmets and gloves.
  • Custom front floor mats modified from the Charger SRT
  • Black Challenger SRT Hellcat carpet in the rear of the interior while the front features custom floor mats Mopar pedal kits from the Challenger.
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‘Hellephant’ and the 1968 Dodge Super Charger Concept can be seen at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this month.
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