It seems like ages ago, but you may recall back at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show with the awesome “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine. The Mopar crate engine was one of the highlights of the show and it took 6 months later, for Mopar to release pricing and to open up orders. The 1,000-horsepower and 950 lb.-ft. of torque crate engine kit cost an amazing U.S. MSRP of $29,995.
Only two days of pre-ordering for the specialty motor were allowed before Mopar closed ordering. Mopar never announced how many of the massive motors the company intended to build. However, they said for people who were still interested to stay tuned for updates.
The Mopar “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Crate HEMI Engine hits the magical 1,000 horsepower mark via bulked-up displacement, with 4-inches of stroke and bore specs at 4.125-inches. A supercharger with a high-efficiency rotor set is mounted on the all-aluminum block. The choice to use aluminum delivers significant weight savings to keep the “Hellephant” light.
The engine and kit’s distinctive “Hellephant” logo is a nod to the brand’s past and present, calling out the legendary 426 HEMI engine (nicknamed the “elephant” engine for its power and size), as well as the modern-day, 707-horsepower Mopar “Hellcrate” Engine, revealed at the 2017 SEMA Show.
The complete engine assembly includes a water pump, flywheel, front sump oil pan, supercharger with throttle body, fuel injectors, and coil packs. The engine can be paired with the Mopar “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kit for relatively simple plug-and-play by experienced installers. The engine assembly and kit are designed for installation on pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles.
Dropping in the “Hellephant” is almost turnkey with the engine kit, which includes 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. The kit ships in unique packaging, featuring the “Hellephant” logo and includes in-depth information sheets with helpful installation tips and requirements.
Almost a year later, the first batch of “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engines are starting to arrive in the hands of the people who ordered them. MoparInsiders has heard that around three dozen of the motors were built, with about 1/3rd of them going to our good friends at America’s Most Wanted 4×4 (AMW4x4) in Holly, Michigan.
That’s right, the company behind some of our favorite recent builds have gotten their hands on a majority of Mopar biggest and most powerful crate motors for future builds. We are sure a few will find their way under the hood of a future Gladiator or Wrangler Unlimited, soon enough.
For more information on the entire lineup of HEMI crate engines from Mopar, you can visit Mopar.com. Or for those who are looking to get their hands on one of the limited number “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engines, you can contact AMW4x4.