Four Cars That I Wanna See A Hellephant Swap With
Hellephant Town and Country, anybody?
In one of those historic “remember where you were” moments, on October 30, Mopar unveiled a 7.0-liter supercharged V-8 crate engine that they dubbed the Hellephant. The newest 426 HEMI produces an otheruniverse-ly 1000 horsepower and somehow manages to throw down 950 lb-ft of torque without violating some sort of international peace treaty.
In addition to producing an engine that has an elephant logo, Mopar also announced that it will be producing a kit to allow a fairly easy Hellephant swap into any pre-1976 Mopar vehicle. Superbirds, Coronets, Chargers, and Challengers are already fast enough and would certainly benefit from a Hellephant swap, but some vehicles need a little bit of extra help. Here are four I'd love to see a Hellephant in.
Chrysler Town And Country.
Chrysler’s family hauler from late-1960s had everything you would want from a station wagon that was roughly the length and weight of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. It had wood paneling, room for an entire apartment building, and a huge 440-cubic-inch V-8 under the hood. The 440 is a damn fine engine and produced enough power to adequately move this land-yacht of a wagon, but the Town and Country could benefit from more horsepower. That’s why it’s a perfect candidate for the Hellephant. I honestly can’t think of anything better than watching a wood-paneled aircraft carrier destroy just about any production car at a drag race. It’s a sleeper car that you can actually sleep in.
Dodge Sportsman Wagon. Which Is Actually A Van.
An Aventador produces 740 horsepower from a 6.5-liter V-12 and is a work of art produced only by the finest engineers in all of Italy. A 1974 Dodge Sportsman with a Hellephant swap produces 1000 hp and can be thrown together in an afternoon with plenty of time left over to airbrush a wizard holding an orb on the side. The choice is easy. Previa who?
A limousine is too long of a car for any real practical purpose, but if you really think about it, a stretched-out sedan is a perfect blank canvas for a drag car. It’s already about a quarter-mile long, so it really just needs that *extra* push. A Hellephant in a limousine would not only break new ground in ill-advised engine swaps but would probably require a government division to draft new rules forbidding anyone from driving a several-thousand-pound car with enough velocity to wake Walter P. Chrysler from the dead.
The Duster had two strikes against it: It was not an attractive car, and by the time 1973 rolled around, emissions controls leeched the life out of any performance engine around. The 340-cubic-inch V-8 wasn’t helping things much either. Sure it was big, but it was really too little, too late. Throwing a Hellephant into this little car is actually a charitable act if you think about it. It’s giving the poor Duster a new lease on life. Some frame reinforcement may need to happen so the new engine doesn’t snap the car in half and scare every dog on the block, but I’m sure it’ll work out in the long run.
I mean, that's it. What cars would you love to see a Hellephant swap of?