Today is the official Mopar day (4/26), with the company now accepting pre-orders of its 1,000hp Hellephant Supercharged Hemi V8 crate engine and kit.
The monster engine was originally revealed at the 2018 SEMA Show and is the first crate unit to be offered by an OEM with such ridiculous power figures: 1,000hp and 950lb-ft of torque to be exact.
Customers will have to pay $29,995 MSRP for the Hellephant 426 Supercharged crate Hemi engine and an additional $2,265 for its engine kit, which makes the installation a relatively easy plug-and-play affair for experienced wrenchers.
“The reaction when we revealed the ‘Hellephant’ engine at the SEMA Show was just amazing, and the momentum continued after the show, with close to 1,000 people expressing interest in buying this engine,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service, Mopar. “Power and performance are ingrained in our brand’s DNA, and there is no better time to open pre-orders of this 1,000-horsepower, supercharged engine than on HEMI Day.”
As for the engine itself, it manages to hit the magic 1,000hp mark thanks to its bigger capacity, at 6,98 liters (426ci), featuring 4 inches of stroke and bore specs at 4.125 inches. The all-aluminum block is paired to a supercharger with a high-efficiency rotor.
The complete engine assembly includes a water pump, flywheel, front sump oil pan, supercharger with throttle body, fuel injectors and coil packs. The engine kit adds 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 CAN bus interface device.
Mopar has designed the engine assembly and kit for use on pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles. The company debuted the Hellephant crate engine in a 1968 Dodge Charger, which was appropriately named “Super Charger” concept.