Given the best way the automotive business is transferring, I really feel fairly comfy saying that there in all probability will not be too many 1,000-horsepower engines coming instantly from automakers sooner or later. Due to this fact, the individuals who managed to get an order in for Mopar’s Hellephant crate engine ought to think about themselves fairly fortunate.
Mopar’s 1,000-horsepower Hellephant crate engine offered out in simply two days, Allpar reportedÃ‚Â Thursday, citing affirmation from a Fiat Chrysler spokesperson. FCA did not specify precisely what number of engines had been offered, however as Allpar notes, it is probably not a really massive quantity, given that every engine is hand-built. Allpar additionally identified that this single run of crate engine is probably not the final, so individuals nonetheless seeking to decide one up can maintain on to some hope for the longer term.
The Hellephant is, in a phrase, bonkers. Initially unveiled forward of the SEMA present final yr, this 7.0-liter (426-cubic-inch) engine has a 3.0-liter supercharger shoving 15 kilos of increase into the Hemi III’s combustion chambers. The outcome? 1,000 horsepower and 950 pound-feet of torque.
At $29,995 per engine, the Hellephant positive wasn’t low-cost. However that is simply the base worth. People searching for a bit of plug-and-play motion may drop an additional $2,265 for an optionally available equipment that included a wiring harness, a powertrain management module and a by-wire fuel pedal. None of these extraneous bits are essential, per se — if there’s sufficient area within the engine bay for it, a proficient particular person could make it work in nearly any automotive or truck physique, as long as the underlying chassis can deal with the torque. A 1,000-horsepower automotive is not any good if it twists the body on its first outing, in any case.
To provide an thought of what might be performed with the Hellephant, Dodge additionally launched its , a extremely modified model of a 1968 Dodge Charger. Sitting 2.5 inches decrease than standard, with large fender flares, a stretched wheelbase, exhaust suggestions within the taillights and a veritable Mopar catalog’s price of recent components, it was by no means meant to be avenue authorized, nevertheless it was undoubtedly meant to be an absolute monster.