Just about every day brings a new announcement that the Detroit power wars have escalated another notch upwards. Today's massive news is from Fiat Chrysler and Mopar, who have unveiled a monstrous 1,000 horsepower engine dubbed the Hellephant. The motor's first application came in the form of a fully custom concept car based on a 1968 Dodge Charger.
The concept car has been named the Super Charger in honor of the Hellephant under its hood, which utilizes a 3.0-liter supercharger (that's bigger than the entire engine in most commuter cars) to crank all that power alongside 950 lb-ft of torque out of its 426-cubic-inch Hemi V8. The Super Charger features a full blend of retro and modern touches, from headlights sourced out of a Dodge Challenger to the original Charger's iconic profile.
Of course, just bolting on a 3.0-liter supercharger running 15 psi of boost isn't a recipe for success on most factory engines, even the beefy units coming out of FCA these days. So Mopar started with a race-proven aluminum block sourced from the two companies' NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class, the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Throw in the valvetrain and valves out of a 2018 Demon, plus high-lift camshafts and custom forged pistons, and the power now sounds semi-reasonable.
A standard 1968 Dodge Charger wasn't quite ready for the grunt that the Hellephant puts out, and while modifying its structure, FCA's design team wanted to upgrade the exterior styling to match. The front wheelbase was pushed forward two inches to reduce overhang, while both the front and rear tracks were widened by five full inches. Ride height was lowered 2.5 inches in front and a full 3.5 inches out back, while the door handles and window rails were trimmed down to create a smoother look.
Further additions include a custom De Grigio grey paintjob, single-piece door glass rather than wing-vent windows, a blacked-out vertical slat grille that hides the Challenger headlamps behind it, and a set of Alfa Romeo Stelvio exhaust tips that exit through the Camaro's original circular round taillights. On the interior, the rear seat has been axed, while the front bucket seats are sourced from the Dodge Viper.
The Super Charger remains a concept—albeit a wicked one that seems likely to find itself in production—but the Hellephant engine should be on sale in early 2019. FCA believes it can be dropped into any pre-1976 road or off-road vehicle that can handle its size and power, the latter of which they remarkably claim is achieved using only pump-grade gasoline.