‘hellephant’ is right kind of evil

Dodge Charger a su­per­charged brute of a car

Saturday Star - - L U X U R Y -

IF YOU had loads of money to spare, what sort of cus­tom car would you build?

Dodge an­swered this ques­tion at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Ve­gas, with its “Hellephant” pow­ered “Su­per Charger Con­cept” – a su­per­charged brute of a car with the heart of a mod­i­fied Hell­cat and the looks of a clas­sic mus­cle ma­chine.

The car fea­tures a 7-litre su­per­charged Mopar HEMI crate en­gine that spits out 746kw and 1288Nm of torque – which should be more than enough to please Vin Diesel and his bud­dies who like to live life a quar­ter mile at a time.

“Our en­thu­si­asts crave power and per­for­mance and our new ‘Hellephant’ Mopar Crate HEMI en­gine and kit de­liver huge horse­power and torque in a plug-and­play pack­age that is unique in the in­dus­try,” says Steve Beahm, head of Parts and Ser­vice (Mopar) and Pas­sen­ger Car Brands, FCA – North Amer­ica.

He says that the 1968 Dodge Charger is one of the hottest clas­sic cars ever, which is why they de­cided to use it as a start­ing point for the “Su­per Charger Con­cept”. “It’s an amaz­ing ve­hi­cle and a great show­case for our ‘Hellephant’ en­gine.”

The “Hellephant” en­gine makes a mag­i­cal 1000 horse­power (745.7kw) thanks to a bulked-up dis­place­ment, com­pared to the stan­dard en­gine used in Hell­cat.

An im­proved su­per­charger, with a high-ef­fi­ciency ro­tor, is mounted on an all-alu­minium block, which pro­vides huge weight sav­ings to keep the “Hellephant” en­gine light.

The en­gine and kit’s dis­tinc­tive “Hellephant” logo pro­vides a nod to the Mopar brand’s past and present.

The logo and name call out the leg­endary 426 HEMI en­gine, first in­tro­duced in 1964 and nick­named the “ele­phant” en­gine for its power and size, as well as the 707-horse­power (527kw) Mopar “Hell­crate” En­gine Kit, re­vealed last year at the 2017 SEMA Show.

The com­plete en­gine kit in­cludes a water pump, fly­wheel, front sump oil pan, su­per­charger with throt­tle body, fuel in­jec­tors and coil packs.

It’s been pur­pose-de­signed for in­stal­la­tion on pre-1976 street and off-road ve­hi­cles.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s, dur­ing the mus­cle-car era, with Mopar Per­for­mance Parts to en­hance speed and han­dling for both road and rac­ing use, and ex­panded to in­clude tech­ni­cal ser­vice and cus­tomer sup­port.

To­day, the Mopar brand’s global reach dis­trib­utes more than 500 000 parts and ac­ces­sories, in over 150 mar­kets around the world.

So, if you have an old school mus­cle car wast­ing away in the garage, the ideal en­gine for it has ar­rived. Get in touch with FCA South Africa to find out if they can help you im­port a “Hellephant” kit.

| Drive360

The ‘Su­per Charger Con­cept’, based on the fa­mous lines of the ‘68 Dodge Charger and equipped with a su­per­charged 745.7kw ‘Hellephant’ mo­tor, is an ab­so­lutely mon­strous throw­back.

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