Mopar 'Hellephant' crate motor blasts into SEMA
Let's talk about the Hellephant in the room?
Mopar, the official aftermarket division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has rolled out a gigantically-powerful engine at the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Dubbed the “Hellephant”, the supercharged Hemi crate engine is capable of producing 1000-horsepower, or around 745kW.
To show off the monstrous new engine, Mopar unveiled a conceptual recreation of an iconic 1968 Dodge Charger, simply named, the “Super Charger”, calling it the perfect package to highlight the Hellephant engine assembly and kit.
The Charger’s unique design is thanks to Mopar’s product design office. The exhaust tips have been re-engineered to be integrated into the taillight housings, so LED lights glow from around the exhaust tips.
Both its interior and exterior have undergone major changes to make it a stand-out feature at SEMA.
Available for US customers in the first quarter of 2019, the Hemi engine assembly and kit are designed for installation on pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles.
The kit includes a water pump, flywheel, front sump oil pan, supercharger with throttle body, fuel injectors and coil packs which can be fitted in a plug-and-play fashion.
To keep weight down, the engine is made of an all-aluminium block and a high-efficiency rotor for the supercharger has been added.
Taking inspiration from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and Challenger SRT Demon, the engine also gets new a special high-lift cam, custom-forged pistons, valve covers, valves, locks and retainers.
Ali is a Motoring Reporter at Drive.com.au. She completed her Journalism degree in 2018 and has a background in the automotive industry. Ali also has a passion for racing that started in go-karts from an young age, progressing into car racing in 2016…