Hooniverse Asks: Into what would you stuff the Hellephant crate hemi?

The car pictured above is the 1968 Dodge Super Charger concept car being used to deploy the Hellephant 426 Hemi crate engine. It’s a SEMA showpiece, and it’s absolutely glorious.
Using a hood scoop modeled after the one found on the Demon, the Super Charger feeds air to that mighty 1,000-horsepower monster mill. Fiberglass fender flares help keep the widened stance in check and neatly tuck the 20×11-inch front/21×12-inch rear wheels into the bodywork. There are Hellephant badges inside and out, seats from a Dodge Viper, and exhaust bits from an Alfa Romeo Stelvio. It’s a Mopar parts-bin special, but the very best example of such a machine.
I love it. For it is insane and awesome in one classically cool shot.
If you were tasked with finding a suitable home for a 1,000-hp Hellephant crate engine, what would you go with? Personally, I think Mopar nailed it with the choice of a ’68 Charger… but I also know of an old Benz wagon project that could’ve used a new engine as well.

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75 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: Into what would you stuff the Hellephant crate hemi?”

  1. P161911 Avatar

    The only Mopar that I have ever owned was a 1967 Imperial convertible. So a 1967 Imperial convertible. Like this one: https://cdn1.mecum.com/auctions/fl0118/fl0118-311303/images/20171018171825-1510788081430.jpg?1513186568000
    But done up like this, with all blacked out. Might keep the bumper chrome.

    1. fede Avatar

      following your reasoning, I part own this mopar, so it’d be one like it (but another one!) with no exterior modifications, not even the ride height or the white walls.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        All hail the new king of Wheelspinvania!

      2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
        Jeff Glucker

        that would be amazing

    2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Keep the car gloss black, but make the wheels, bumper, and trim satin or matte black.

  2. neight428 Avatar

    I would go the sleeper truck route, like Farmtruck, but clean instead of beat up. Something like this, with a long bed to accommodate longer mufflers to keep it quieter.

      1. neight428 Avatar

        If it’s good enough for Don Knotts, it’s good enough for me.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      The sleeper truck idea is excellent! However, if I went that direction, I would probably go with a slightly different starting point.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        That’s the first time that I have even seen a picture of a Commando without the traditional Jeep front end. I almost thought that it was an International Harvester product.

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

          They switched to that grille on the last two years of Jeepster production, ’72 and ’73 IIRC.

        1. Monkey10is Avatar

          Hey! I’ll stand by my Hellepage/Ramephant? over-engined pick-up concept.
          (In reality I’m just disappointed this engine wasn’t released by Chevrolet: ‘Hell Camino’ would have been the best answer ever…)

  3. P161911 Avatar

    A Mopar version of a SHOgun/Renault Turbo 5.
    Stick it in the back seat.

    1. Papa Van Twee Avatar
      Papa Van Twee


    2. 1slowvw Avatar

      I was going to suggest the back of a k car wagon…but I like your MoGun idea.

  4. GTXcellent Avatar

    I’ve been pondering this question for quite awhile, and the only reasonable answer I can come up with is, everything. I don’t mean just Mopar cars, I mean everything – lawn mowers, snowmobiles, ambulance, hearse, Hellephant it all!

        1. HuntRhymesWith Avatar

          Damn you guys for showing me yet another thing I’ll have to fit in my dream garage

      1. P161911 Avatar

        I don’t see any Chrysler outboard boat motors on there.

        1. Maymar Avatar

          The one boat (top row) might be Chrysler-powered still?

      2. Monkey10is Avatar

        Ooh! Number 10 on that list.
        I wonder if anyone offers an aftermarket handling kit for the Dulles Mobile Lounge?

  5. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    ’63 Polara pillarless hardtop. Just because I’ve always found this body style rather awesome.

  6. Zentropy Avatar

    Nothing. I have absolutely zero interest in an engine that powerful. I mean, that Charger is awesome, but I wouldn’t want to drive it.

  7. Lokki Avatar

    Lokki enters stage left, sits in large leather chair; lights cigar, takes a sip from his Scotch, and settles in to wait patiently for the appearance of mdharrell.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        I assume 24 Farthings each or two for a Shilling is also acceptable.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          I’d offer a group discount of five for a florin.

  8. 0A5599 Avatar

    A Corvette that came stock with an LS. Turnabout is fair play.
    Or a big wheel. That was the winning idea when the LX cars got the Hemi.
    But I am not a big fan of the Charger above. It’s hard to “modernize” a Coke bottle Charger and improve the looks. This one is no exception. I would like to see a Hellephant in a Charger with a stock-appearing exterior.

  9. Maymar Avatar

    I oscillated between a few things – rad Dodge Tradesman (doesn’t have to be from a brewery), or Mike Ehrmentraut-grade 5th Avenue, but I think the right answer is bustleback Imperial.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Make sure it is a Frank Sinatra Edition. https://sinatra-cdn4.appspot.com/forum/1176392-1400512736.jpg

      1. Vairship Avatar

        You could call it the Imperial FFS…

  10. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    I would drop it into a Yamaha side-by-side UTV, just so I could call it the Hellephino.
    It seems like a lot of work just for a dad joke.

  11. Sjalabais Avatar

    There are not many Chryslers I desire, but “Daddy Amazon” would be my #1 candidate. I would usually maximize the number of doors, but this one looks like it could benefit from a 4WD Hellephant setup:
    But as the general preference is for seven seats, why not turn this elephant into one hell of a family car?:

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        It is entirely unfathomable how NASCAR went from racing some of the most stylish coupés ever made on gravel, to one-size-fits-all-plastic shells chasing each other around circles.

        1. P161911 Avatar

          The early days of NASCAR were certainly different. https://stevemckelvie.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/a-jaguar-wins-a-nascar-race/
          Even as late as the mid-1990s the cars still ran stock trunk lids at least and the manufacturers took NASCAR into consideration with the aerodynamic design of their cars. We had some of the GM NASCAR guys come speak when I was in college. The was the era of the W-Body Grand Prix body shells on a race car chassis. The nose and tail of the car had to match the real one at least and mid-year refreshes were sometimes done to help the race teams.

        2. Zentropy Avatar

          I don’t get it, and never have (my dad has always followed the sport). It’s not a test-ground for new technology, considering only a few years ago they were still using carburetors and probably still have solid rear axles. There’s more advanced technology in the lawn mower I push around my yard. Isn’t the “SC” in NASCAR for “stock car”? Time for a name change.
          I just don’t see the point. I’m not going to argue that it’s not a sport, it’s just deviated so far from what it was originally that, for me at least, it’s completely irrelevant now.

  12. Please Stand By Avatar
    Please Stand By

    A late 70’s Dodge Trademan, Him approves!

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Came here to post this, Glad you beat me to it.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Hell yes

  13. Victor Avatar

    Hermetically sealed and well preserved in the back of the shed . See what twenty years does for the value. Also , being able to say ” Got one in the shed ” .

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        If you’re going with the MB connection, take just one tiny step further, and put it in one of these.

        An Isdera Imperator is just a very, very well built kitcar anyway.

  14. tonyola Avatar

    This ’56 Imperial would be perfect…

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Does anyone make Z speed rated wide whitewalls?

  15. Ross Ballot Avatar
    Ross Ballot

    Chrysler Imperial concept would be hilarious with the Hellephant motor

    1. HuntRhymesWith Avatar

      Dear God that thing is hideous
      Edit: it does sort of have an elephant’s proportions

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      That came up when I googled “chrysler 300c imperial”. What a ridiculous blob. This should have a two stroke or an electric engine only to maximize the giggles.

    3. crank_case Avatar

      This seems to echo Chryslers mad period in the 90s when the seemed to have yet another massive wheeled, art deco-ish concept every 5 minutes. In a similar vein, how about that motor in the Phaeton concept.
      or the Atlantic.

      1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

        Phaeton was my favourite car to win and sell on Gran Turismo 2. Sunday Cup championship prize. Money in the bank.

  16. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    Two thoughts, a drag boat and an update of my favorite sleeper project. Get a 1980s Town & Country minivan, complete with fake wood, install the Hellephant behind the front seats so that you see the engine when you open the sliding door, drive the rear wheels via a transaxle and keep it as stock as possible with tubbed rear wheel wells a NACA duct in the roof for an air intake and privacy glass.

  17. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Dodge Magnum XE with T-Tops and Hellephant power would be a rolling disaster. Fun, though. Sign me up. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/abc5800eb32d113e51391f81e5915eb6b55c631856be460d81ae02711da6ca4d.jpg

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      I’ve seen an Imp with a 383 Chev in the front. It was automatic because there was only space for 2 pedals between the transmission and the door. It was a bit nuts…

  18. I_Borgward Avatar

    1960 Rambler American 2-door wagon! Pretty much my favorite answer to any theoretical engine application dream.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      I own a ’60 Super wagon (grey with a black top) but haven’t gotten around to the restoration yet (kids, wife, life, etc., my excuses go on…). I absolutely love the design of those little Ramblers. Mine will likely get an inline six with 250hp, max. No Hellephants for me, thank you.

      1. I_Borgward Avatar

        Color me insanely jealous! I used to own a ’60 wagon, in factory coral pink. I knew within seconds of selling it that I’d made a big mistake, and have pined for one ever since. Flathead six and three on the tree. I miss it even more than my ’68 Barracuda, which is really saying something.

  19. I_Borgward Avatar

    Plymouth Valiant, Duel Edition! The very definition of sleeper. You’ll be out trying to bait tanker trucks.

  20. outback_ute Avatar

    Whatever it is, it would have to be a drag car. Don’t see the point of not being able to use full throttle otherwise.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      The Hellcat is basically a point-and-shoot vehicle, with little inclination to steer. I don’t see a Hellephant-equipped vehicle as anything but a drag car.

  21. discontinuuity Avatar

    My mom used to have an old Grand Caravan, and I always wondered what it would be like converted to RWD with a big V8.