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Mopar opens up pre-orders for 1,000-hp Hellephant engine

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To showcase the Hellephant engine's capability, Mopar put it into this Charger  demonstration vehicle
To showcase the Hellephant engine's capability, Mopar put it into this Charger  demonstration vehicle
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Mopar debuted the Hellephant 1,000-horsepower (745.7 kW) engine at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas
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Mopar debuted the Hellephant 1,000-horsepower (745.7 kW) engine at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas
The Hellephant's logo is a mixture of the 426 Elephant design and the Hellcat powerplant motif
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The Hellephant's logo is a mixture of the 426 Elephant design and the Hellcat powerplant motif
A few years ago, it was hard to imagine a powerplant small enough to fit in a car and able to churn out more than 500 horsepower
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A few years ago, it was hard to imagine a powerplant small enough to fit in a car and able to churn out more than 500 horsepower
The official name of the Hellephant is the 426 Supercharged Crate HEMI Engine, part number P5160194
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The official name of the Hellephant is the 426 Supercharged Crate HEMI Engine, part number P5160194
Buyers can opt to add another $2,265 and get an installer’s kit for easier installation
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Buyers can opt to add another $2,265 and get an installer’s kit for easier installation
To showcase the Hellephant engine's capability, Mopar put it into this Charger  demonstration vehicle
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To showcase the Hellephant engine's capability, Mopar put it into this Charger  demonstration vehicle

Most families have that one family member that's just a little bit different. Maybe a little weird, perhaps a little scary, very often brilliant. Over at Chrysler, that Uncle Fester is Mopar. It's the in-house outfit that bolts things onto other things for fun. Got a Jeep and want to accessorize it with extra grab handles, fatter tires, or bulletproof bumpers? Mopar can do that. And if you ask nice, the special closet in the back of the room will be opened and you can maybe add more power, too.

A few years ago, it was hard to imagine a powerplant small enough to fit in a car and able to churn out more than 500 horsepower – not without jet intakes anyway. Even specialized race cars were only just breaking that 500-hp barrier. Now the barrier has four digits and it's been broken, not just by production vehicles, but by an engine you can buy off the shelf and shove into just about anything even remotely road worthy.

Mopar debuted the Hellephant 1,000-horsepower (745.7 kW) at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Drooling crowds of performance junkies stared at it like seeing barbecue after Lent. Mopar says that almost 1,000 of those junkies have been willing to buy the engine named Hellephant, which is now available for pre-order.

Mopar debuted the Hellephant 1,000-horsepower (745.7 kW) engine at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas
Mopar debuted the Hellephant 1,000-horsepower (745.7 kW) engine at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas

Just the name announces the intent of this engine. The Hellcat carries its 707 horses, sounding growly and great. But what's bigger than a cat from hell? An elephant from hell, obviously. The engine hearkens back to the 426 Hemi engine of the 1960s, known best by its nickname "Elephant." Like the Elephant engine, there probably won't be many Hellephant engines actually sold. The big 7-liter Elephant only had 11,000 units produced during its seven-year run.

The official name of the Hellephant is the 426 Supercharged Crate HEMI Engine, part number P5160194. It can be purchased for a mere US$29,995, plus shipping, and buyers can opt to add another $2,265 and get an installer's kit (P#77072500) for easy plug-and-play. Other "menu" items, Mopar says, are also available to go along with the Hellephant 526. Most everything you can imagine being required to install and utilize a beast of this 1,000 horsepower nature.

Chrysler has begun production on the Hellephant engine for deliveries later this year. The engine and installation kit are intended for pre-1976 vehicles or off-road-only rigs, for legal reasons. Most buyers of engines like these are putting them into restomods (modified restorations) or race-only vehicles.

The video below provides an overview of the Hellephant engine.

Source: Mopar

Mopar's Hellephant 1,000-horsepower engine

3 comments
riczero-b
Aero engine, derated to 700w for reliability and lightened. Dear though.
Kpar
It just goes to show, there is no excess like wretched excess...
Nobody
Unless you have all wheel drive or set up expressly for the drag strip it's hard to find much use for 1000hp. I already have 540 hp in a street car and dry pavement is like driving on ice without the traction control turned on. It is fun.