After a few hiccups, the 1,000-hp Hellephant is on its way
Get your project car ready for the king of crate engines
About a year ago, FCA introduced the Hellephant crate engine, a 426-cubic-inch supercharged all-aluminum V8 making a full 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque. It was revealed at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and within hours, it received enough orders to warrant a production run, even at a stout $29,995.
From our initial story: The Hellephant crate comes with a complete assembly including a water pump, flywheel, front sump oil pan, supercharger with throttle body, fuel injectors and coil packs. When bought with the crate engine, according to Mopar, it’s a “relatively simple plug-and-play” kit for experienced installers. It’s designed for installation on pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles.
It went on sale in April of this year, but according to Muscle Cars & Trucks, there was a camshaft issue that was leading to test-engine failure — hence, none have been delivered. Now, the first shipments have been confirmed, so if you ordered one for your pet project, get those tools oiled up and keep checking your oversize mailbox.