Hands down, the biggest news we found at the SEMA Show was Mopar’s introduction of the Hellephant, a 426ci, supercharged, Gen III Hemi crate engine that puts out 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque. The name is a portmanteau of Hellcrate, Mopar’s previous horsepower champ engine kit, and Elephant, the nickname given to 426 Hemis back in the day. Mopar intends the alloy Hellephant to be transplanted in pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles, meaning it isn’t smog-legal for your daily driver, sorry. As it did with the Hellcrate, Mopar has developed an installation kit for the Hellephant for virtual plug-and-play installation, says the company.
Mopar displayed (and fired up) one of the Hellephant motors at a SEMA Show press conference, where it also pulled the wraps off the swoopy Super Charger concept car, a much-massaged 1968 Charger fitted with the Hellephant and a T-6060 six-speed manual trans from a Challenger SRT Demon. The Hellephant goes on sale in the first quarter of 2019; visit cratehemi.com to get yours.