The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 might be the greatest American achievement since putting Neil Armstrong on the moon. Four figures of horsepower, an eight-second quarter mile time, and a factory warranty, all in a freaking Dodge. This insanely powerful Challenger may only be available to a select few customers, but you can now buy the hellacious 1,025 horsepower Demon 170 engine and build your own spawn of Satan.
Technically called the Hellephant C170 Crate HEMI Engine, it’s the same force-fed, corn-fueled 6.2-liter V8 found in the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. As such, it gets a three-liter IHI supercharger, beefy pistons and connecting rods, and fueling set up for a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline to crank out an astonishing 1,025 horsepower at 6,500 RPM and 945 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 RPM.
Needless to say, this is one badass engine. Oh, and that’s not all — at $27,695, it’s actually reasonably priced for a 1,000 horsepower crate motor. No, really. The market for passenger vehicle crate motors with a comma in their output is actually quite small, and looking at the brief history of OEM entries, the Hellephant C170 Crate HEMI engine is the cheapest of the bunch.
For comparison, the 1,000 horsepower Hellephant 426 crate engine carried a price of $29,995, while the 1,004-horsepower Chevrolet ZZ632 10.3-liter crate motor retails on Summit Racing for $30,383.97. Sure, limited E85 fuel availability may be a downside to the Hellephant C170 Crate HEMI Engine, but saving a few grand and still getting 1,000 horsepower is a big plus. However, it’s still up to buyers to find the right chassis, so we’re asking you, what would you put this 1,025 horsepower beast into?
It shouldn’t be a surprise that we love dajibans, modified Dodge Ram Vans that haul motorcycles to the track in Japan and then haul ass around the track themselves. The typical recipe is to take a 1994 or newer Ram Van, drop it down low on a set of RS Watanabe wheels, beef up the power and brakes, and then simply rip. It’s endlessly entertaining watching these things go round, and 1,025 horsepower ought to make one just the right sort of scary. Sure, your knees are the crumple zones, but just don’t crash and you’ll be alright.
Of course, you probably have your own idea of what to put this absolute unit in. Perhaps you want to build your own modern-day interpretation of the AC Cobra, fulfil your monster truck fantasies, or even build the world’s fastest street-legal Chrysler Cordoba. Whatever it is, we won’t judge, we just want to hear it.
(Photo credits: Stellantis)
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