Today is 4/26. So Mopar's calling it Hemi Day, in reference to the 426 cubic inch (7.0L) Hemi V8 that made the name legendary starting in 1964.
By: Evan Williams
April 26, 2019
If you haven’t looked at a calendar yet today, it’s Hemi Day. April 26th. So Mopar is celebrating with a roar. Kicking off pre-orders of their Hellephant 1,000 hp crate engine kit.
First, a step back. Today is 4/26. So Mopar’s calling it Hemi Day, in reference to the 426 cubic inch (7.0L) Hemi V8 that made the name legendary starting in 1964.
That engine was nicknamed the Elephant back in the day, because the hemispherical cylinder heads made it an absolutely massive engine. One of the biggest around at the time, inside and out.
At the SEMA show last fall, Mopar unveiled the Hellephant. A 426 cubic inch version of its modern V8. Supercharged, just like the Hellcat’s smaller 707 hp 6.2L V8 engine. Dubbed the Hellephant, the engine delivered an astounding 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque.
That monster engine wasn’t headed for a production car, at least not yet, but Mopar planned to sell it as a crate motor. A kit assembled, partly wired, and ready to install into whatever car you wanted. Though it’s intended for pre-emissions control vehicles.
Today’s announcement was that the engine is now available for pre-order on cratehemi.com. Mopar said that they had more than 1,000 people already looking to buy it and now they can put their names down officially.
The Hellephant will start from US $29,995. Mopar hasn’t given us Canadian pricing just yet. And you’ll need to add the plug and play installation kit for $2,265. There are other accessories too like a front-drive accessory kit, A/C expansion, and various oil pan options.