Written by Steve Turner
Photography courtesy of FCA North America
The horsepower wars are definitely raging on dealership lots, and no company revels in touting the output of its engine more than Dodge. However, these mega-powered modern engines are increasingly not limited factory machines. These days the company offers a wide variety of crate engines designed to power your project. The latest is plucked right from under the hood of the legendary Dodge Demon.
“Twenty-twenty one marks the year that Dodge is distilled to a pure performance brand with 700-plus horsepower models available across the entire Dodge lineup,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The new 807-horsepower Hellcrate Redeye crate engine gives any pre-1976 vehicle owner another opportunity to become a member of the Dodge Brotherhood of Muscle by tapping into the Dodge // SRT power that wasn’t available then, but is now.”
This engine is chock full of the latest Mopar hardware to ensure a long life of high output. Filling up its modern 6.2-liter block is a forged-steel crank with a 90.9mm stroke that swings powder-forged connecting rods with improved fasteners and shanks. Pinned to those rods are forged pistons feature 30-micron piston-to-bore clearance and benefit from a 100 percent increase in piston-cooling jet flow. The rugged crank rides on induction-hardened bearing surfaces with individually optimized journals.
Atop this stout short-block is a 2.7-liter supercharger pumping out 14.5 pounds of boost. Letting that in the combustion chamber is a 5150-alloy, gun-drilled camshaft engineered for reduced weight and rpm as high a 6,500 revs. It works with valve springs built to improve rocker-tip and valve spring lubrication and cooling by 33 percent. Feeding that oil is an oil pan built to support acceleration as aggressive as 1.8g.
Now Mopar offers everything from a 5.7-liter crate engine to the monster that is the Hellephant. “With the addition of this new supercharged HEMI, Mopar now offers five HEMI crate engines with a range of 375 to 1,000 horsepower,” said Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care for FCA – North America. “All Mopar crate engines are quality-tested and factory-backed to deliver proven performance to our enthusiasts.”
If a supercharged, 807-horsepower engine sounds like just the ticket for your project, you can pick one up for $21,807 (MSRP).
Dodge // Mopar