It is widely known that Dodge are the masters of insanity and they rub all of that lunacy on their customers which leaves them grasping for more. If you’re wondering what that first line means, it’s only referring to Dodge fitting large V8 blocks into almost every car they produce and that has created a huge fanbase for them. They saw that and decided to build something for the fans which debuted at the SEMA event in October 2018. The “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged V8 engine first appeared in a modified 1968 Dodge Charger and it produces 1 000 hp (746 kw) & 1 288 Nm of torque, so ideally it made sense to call it the “Super Charger” which better suits it.
It is only a concept car and one was ever built as the idea was to showcase the Crate HEMI engine and kit that would later be sold for around R500 000 each. The Mopar division clearly were fooling around and made this insanely powerful engine but didn’t put it into a mass-produced Dodge Vehicle but instead sold it to customers in this naked structure. Like the word Hellcat, Hellephant has a meaning which is a combination of ‘Hell’ for its insane power and ‘Elephant’ for the massive engine size. This is something that should bring a huge smile to someone like Dominic Toretto because we know how the character falls for classic muscle V8 cars. The focus here is on the engine and what you get for it.
Manufacturers keep downsizing the engine displacements and decreasing the number of cylinders to meet emissions regulation standards but not the American-born Dodge company and you would know that because they offer cars with engines varying from 5.7-litres to 6.2-litres and anything beyond that isn’t production acceptable. That is why this 7.0-litre Supercharged V8 Hellephant is only sold as an engine crate with kit-ready parts. As you dig deep inside, you find that the stroke is sized at 101.6 mm and the bore is 104.775 mm, and to put that into perspective, the Challenger SRT Hellcat has a bore x stroke measurement of 104 mm x 91 mm. So, the increment meant for new custom-forged pistons and special high-lift cam. That shows how big the engine is and power demands size proving that there is no replacement for displacement.
The supercharger feeding dense air into the engine has been improved with a high efficiency rotor and that is not all. The kit includes special parts for the engine such as the flywheel, water pump, front sump oil pan, throttle body, fuel injectors and coil packs. Additionally, the valves, locks and retainers taken from the Dodge Demon are incorporated with the valve covers from the Challenger Redeye. All parts are OEM and are already set up, well packed for a simple plug-and-play installation for your desired vehicle, preferably old muscle cars as this very engine is featured in a legendary one.
Now we may speak about the body that is carrying this staggering motor. They chose to base this amazing creation on a legendary muscle car that went up against the iconic Ford Mustang. The fastback shape suits the presentation for such an incredible engine and it matches the outright brawn Charger nameplate. To extend the mightiness look, the Super Charger features a larger hood scoop made from fiberglass on the outer layer and the inner layer it’s steel. The headlights sit behind the radiator grille which have been taken from the Challenger SRT Hellcat. This follows the wideboy guise used on modern Dodge cars showing flared wheel arches and this one has them made out of fiberglass then painted in the cars body colour called De Grigio Metallic. They are there to accommodate the 20 x 11 inches front and 21 x 11 inches rear Mopar Devil Rims that are wrapped in 315/40 R18 Nitto tyres.
The body has been lowered by 88.9 mm on the front and 63.5 mm on the rear giving it a poised stance look to grab attention. And to get even more recognition, the quad-exhaust pipes have been integrated as circular rear taillights that have a red glow surrounding them. The exhausts are courtesy of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio with a 127 mm size in diameter for each tailpipe, it looks pretty cool. The door handles, drip rails and front door vent windows have been removed to preserve the smooth body lines and get a clean look.
Most of the parts and equipment in the interior are swapped out from existing Dodge models like the steering wheel and Alcantara wrapped seats with racing harnesses are from the Viper. The Challenger Hellcat lends the shifter knob, start/stop engine buttons, controls for the wiper, fog lights and hazard lights. There are no rear seats, only a roll cage fitted because why would need to fit seats for other people? It’s all a classic look in the interior to follow up the glance of the famed charger of the 1960s.
It is creations like this that put car manufacturers in well respected positions amongst the car industry and Dodge certainly lives up to what is has been representing all this time thanks to Mopar as well. There is one Helliphant engine swap that I know of. Demonology on YouTube stuck it into a 2018 Dodge Demon and it manages to do a quarter mile run of 9.278 seconds whilst lifting the front tires off the ground. Watch the video here
Source: 426 Crate HEMI® Engine “Hellephant” Press Release