Wednesday, July 24, 2019

MOPAR 1000-Horsepower 7.0 426 “Hellephant” HEMI Crate Engine and Super Charger Dream Concept

UPDATED! April 26, 2019 

By Andrew Wendler
"Pricing announced and order books are now open for Mopar's supercharged 1000-hp 426 Hemi V-8 crate engine, known as Hellephant. At $29.99 per pony, Mopar says, more than 1000 people have already pledged to purchase one since its introduction at the 2018 SEMA show, [first announced here, on Baja Racing News]

Mopar plans to celebrate the event by sharing Hemi-themed content on the brand's social channels throughout the day on April 26 (4/26), which Chrysler faithful know as Hemi Day.Thank heaven the engineers who created the most famous version of Chrysler's legendary Hemi V-8 ran out of displacement at 426 cubic inches. Had they had enough material to open up the bore or increase the stroke even slightly, say to 432 or 433 cubic inches, the world would be denied the glory that is Hemi Day, held annually on April 26 for obvious reasons. Of course the easy workaround would be to punch or stroke it to the 500-plus-cubic-inch mark, at which point they'd be required to move the celebration to the month of May to keep thing symbiotic. Although the mighty Hemi has appeared in a few different displacements over its lifetime, it's the 426 variety that has made gearheads gasp for decades".

October 29, 2018 Original Reporting