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

Jeff Glucker October 31, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

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.

Mopar has gone mad: Introducing the 1,000-horsepower Hellephant 426 Hemi crate engine

Jeff Glucker October 31, 2018 All Things Hoon

This is the Hellephant. It’s a 426 cubic-inch Hemi V8 topped with a supercharger and it’s good for an eye-watering 1,000 horsepower and 950 pound-feet of torque. And it’s available as a crate engine from Mopar.

Included with the engine, you’ll find a powertrain control module, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, throttle pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors, fuel pump module, and the cam bus interface device. That PCM is totally unlocked, and the engine is tuned to produce the advertised power. This is basically a turn-key setup, especially once you add on the optional Front End Accessory Drive kit. That bit includes the alternator, power steering pump, and the various pulleys and belts you need to get rolling.

The Hellephant name is a callback to the 426 Elephant engine first offered way back in 1964. That one didn’t make 1,000 hp though.

Mopar will roll out the Hellephant crate engine starting early in 2019. There’s no word on cost just yet, but this one won’t be cheap. A supercharged 6.2-liter 707-horsepower Hellcat crate engine retails for a tick under $20,000. The Hellephant is bigger, badder… and will certainly be more expensive than that.

B is for Build finishes its BMW M5 V10-swapped Datsun 240Z

Jeff Glucker October 30, 2018 All Things Hoon

The rush was on. B is for Build was cranking, wrenching, bolting, wrapping well into the night and next morning but the work has paid off. The car is done. On the trailer. Bound for SEMA. And it’s been one hell of an ambitious build. The finished product is a Datsun 240Z that’s been transformed with a BMW M5 V10 drivetrain, fender flares, and tons of custom work.

This project got off to a rough start. At one point the original shell was damaged due to careless maneuvering of a delivery driver. But everything was eventually sorted and the project fan full speed ahead. And now it’s ready for some time in the spotlights of Las Vegas.

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Sure, there’s testing and tuning still to be done but it runs, drives, and the majority of the work is over. Congrats to the B is for Build team on completing your epic build. We can’t wait to see more of this car once you’re home from SEMA.

Jalopnik road trips a 1970 BMW 2500 across the country

Jalopnik boss man Patrick George and skid-car lover Raphael Orlove recently spent a few days behind the wheel of a lovely vintage BMW. The car is a 1970 2500 and it was formerly owned by Road & Track word fornicator Sam Smith. He sold the car to a friend of Patrick and Raphs so it needed to shuffle off from the Pacific Northwest over to New York. Patrick and Raphael volunteered to handle the drive.

It’s always appears a bit daunting at first. The idea of a lengthy road trip in a machine with a handful of years piled on its back. While the mechanical bits are more simple than any modern thing, they’re also prone to breaking anywhere at any time. Having a car mechanically sorted is a nice feeling, but that doesn’t mean you’re not constantly worrying about every odd squeak or felt vibration.

Or dripping combustible fluid on hot headers, as was the case in my own old-school-cool road trip from a few years back.

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Head over to Jalopnik to read the full saga. It’s… fairly adventure free actually, and that’s a great thing in a trip like this with a car like that.

[Image courtesy of Jalopnik]

The eCOPO Camaro is an all-electric drag racing badass machine

Our electrified future is bright. Even when that brightness is being blotted out by excessive and glorious tire smoke. Said tires are being destroyed by a new drag-racing Chevrolet Camaro and this one is 100% electric. Say hello to the eCOPO Camaro concept.

Chevy has teamed up with BorgWarner to deliver an EV race car packing an 800-volt battery pack. It’s comprised of four 200-volt packs, and these feed power to a pair o HVH 250-150 motors. Each of those produces 300 pound-feet of torque and the total combined power output is 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. This prodigious presentation of push is routed through a Turbo 400 automatic gearbox that bolts to the standard production rear axle used on the COPO Camaro race cars. 

Chevy says the eCOPO will blitz the quarter mile in the nine-second range. This car is still a concept that’s currently under development though so who knows where it will truly run. Additionally, this car could serve as a platform for Chevy to roll out a line of electric crate motors. That’s not happening tomorrow but it is something you can expect in the not-too-distant future.

We still love our gas and diesel drinking engines here. But a nine-second all-electric drag-racing Camaro is pretty badass too.

Hooniverse Asks: Have you switched to your winter tires yet?

Jeff Glucker October 30, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

The temperatures are falling. The ground is cold and hard. Your lovely ultra high performance tires have become effectively useless. It’s that time and you know it, but have you made the switch yet? I’m not going to insert a WINTER IS COMING joke because winter is already here and that means it’s time to swap on your winter tires.

How many of you live in a place where you need to do this? How many of you have made the switch? How many of you stubbornly cling to the notion that all-season tires are good enough?

Sound off below!

Ayrton Senna whipped a VAZ-2101 around the Hungaroring

Jeff Glucker October 29, 2018 All Things Hoon

You hear the name Ayrton Senna and your mind goes to a few places. It might be Monaco. It could be an image of that iconic helmet and its colors. Perhaps you think of a rainy circuit and Senna putting on a driving clinic for his colleagues. What you don’t think about is the VAZ-2101. A Soviet-modified Fiat 124 not typically considered the sort of machine to be wielded by one of the greatest drivers of all time. But that’s what you’re looking at in the picture above.

Drivetribe says that the photo was snapped ahead of the 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix. The year was 1986 and Senna wanted a car to take around the Hungaroring to absorb the circuit. He requested a car that the locals would use and he was presented with the VAZ-2101. And that’s how we have a photo of Ayrton Senna driving this hunk of Russian (and Italian) metal around a race track.

It’s a fantastic shot of a legendary man driving an …interesting car.

[East Coast Editor and self-proclaimed Eastern European car expert’s note – VAZ was the abbreviated name of the auto manufacturer, Volzhsky Avtomobilny Zavod. It was used for the Soviet Union market cars. All cars exported out of Soviet Union had the name Lada. Mr. Executive Editor would know that if he bothered to read my review of a VAZ 21033 on TTAC -KK]

[Source: Drivetribe]

Pirelli brings back a classic in the Stella Bianca

Jeff Glucker October 29, 2018 All Things Hoon

If you have a vintage ride, you often have few options with respect to the tires. There are companies out there, certainly, but finding original examples of the tires once fitted to your car may prove a fruitless endeavor. Pirelli has an answer for a number of vintage car owners, however, as it’s brought back one of its classic tires; the Stella Bianca.

Originally introduced in 1927, the Stella Bianca was Pirelli’s first modern tire. It remained in service to the brand all the way through the early 1950’s. Now Pirelli has brought it back but with modern compounds employed for proper driving dynamics in all weather conditions.

The tread pattern is identical to the original. It was researched through Pirelli archives and recreated along with the sidewall markings. In its heyday, the Stella Bianca was fitted to Alfa Romeos, Fiats, Lancias, Ferraris, and more. Now it’s back and it would surely look great on any vehicle from the era in which it was originally devised.

The Ford Mustang Bullitt is the right way to go green

Forget the movie, embrace the awesome of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt. Dripping with perfect Highland Green paint and stanced nicely with a set of blacked-out torque thrust-style wheels, the all-new Bullitt is a bad-ass ride.

Under the hood is a power-bumped 5.0-liter V8 engine and it’s making 480 horsepower here. Row your own gears with the slick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox, and enjoy destroying those fancy Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. They work well and look good too thanks to some actual sidewall.

If you love the movie, you’ll enjoy this car. If you don’t care about the movie, you’re going to love this car just the same. It’s that good.

[Disclaimer: Ford tossed us the keys to the Mustang Bullitt and included a tank of fuel. I bought the turtleneck but left the tag on so I can return it.]

Mopar is unleashing a brand-new Elephant into the room

Jeff Glucker October 26, 2018 All Things Hoon

The people at Chrysler and Mopar are insane. How else do we have vehicles like the Challenger and Charger Hellcat, the Demon, and the Trackhawk? But their insanity is our kind of insanity and it’s reared its head in a glorious new way… which is in fact sort of an old way, at the same time. Mopar is going to offer a new crate motor and it’s most likely a modern version of the famed 426 Hemi.

The Elephant is back.

Used in NASCAR, drag racing, and under the hood of some insane street muscle machines, the 426 Hemi was lovingly called the Elephant engine because of its size and power. This is a 7.0-liter beast motor topped by a pair of quad-barrel carburetors. It’s most famous application saw it stuffed under the long hoods of both the Plymouth Road Runner and the Dodger Charger Daytona.

Now you’re going to be able to buy a fresh version to stuff under whatever the hell you want. It won’t be cheap, but it will be awesome. We’ll learn more when Mopar pulls back the wraps at SEMA on October 30th.

For now, enjoy this other teaser clip from Mopar which makes fun of its own other engine family. Yes, that’s an Elephant stomping on the footprints of a Hellcat. Hilarious. Awesome. Tremendous in-brand fun.

Also… if someone doesn’t stuff one of these into a Durango or Trackhawk and then call it the Hellephant, then something’s terrible wrong with the world.