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What Would You Stuff Dodge’s 1,025 Horsepower Demon 170 Crate Motor Into?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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Turbotictac
Turbotictac
8 months ago

I found a 1992 Volvo 240 wagon here in Wilmington for $500 I am probably going to be buying so…let’s go with that.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
8 months ago
Reply to  Turbotictac

Somewhere in the æther, Paul Newman is nodding with approval

JaredTheGeek
JaredTheGeek
8 months ago

1969 Dodge Dart or 1969 Plymouth Valiant Signet 100.

Balloondoggle
Balloondoggle
8 months ago

A Geo Tracker. Or DT’s Leaf.

MrLM002
MrLM002
8 months ago

The back of someone’s pickup in exchange for $20K so I can buy a vehicle I actually want. They save $7,695 and I get $20K (assuming the engine was given to me for free).

Data
Data
8 months ago

Torch’s Beetle.

Jim Stock
Jim Stock
8 months ago

Some old jeep pickup, like Honcho, Old J truck or M715. an old power wagon may be fun.

Genewich
Genewich
8 months ago

Keeping it in the family, an old Grand Wagoneer.

Alexk98
Alexk98
8 months ago

Now that you mention it, my NA Miata has been burning and leaking more oil that usual recently…

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
8 months ago

A blacked out 1970 Imperial with completely updated chassis, brakes, and drivetrain.

Doctor Nine
Doctor Nine
8 months ago

1967 Plymouth Satellite. Fo Sho…

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
8 months ago

Project Cactus+

Toecutter
Toecutter
8 months ago

It would deserve a new name once operational with this engine: Strong & Bitey

Something Something Sarcasm
Something Something Sarcasm
8 months ago

While someone already offered up the probably correct answer of a Miata, I counter with maybe the most ridiculous: Aston Martin Cygnet.

A. Barth
A. Barth
8 months ago

A [structurally reinforced] ’70 or ’71 Challenger with a pistol-grip six-speed.

The idea is that it would be a kind of sleeper, and seeing a factory-looking shifter wouldn’t give the game away to a casual observer.

SonomaSod
SonomaSod
8 months ago
Reply to  A. Barth

I *think* on the latest episode of Bitchin Rides (I know…), they put this monster in a ’70 Challenger for Kevin Hart. At least I think it was this engine. Personally, I would put this thing in my 2007 VW Rabbit

Sklooner
Sklooner
8 months ago

Changli, um yeah that may not work so I’m a sucker for Corinthian Leather so a Cordoba

OverlandingSprinter
OverlandingSprinter
8 months ago

My first thought was a sand rail. My second was a crazy Formula Offroad Hill Climb rig. My third was an offshore racing boat.

The common theme is off-road use. I wouldn’t trust my “engineering” skills with something that could endanger innocents on public roads.

Cam.man67
Cam.man67
8 months ago

Tesla.

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
8 months ago
Reply to  Cam.man67

Or shove it up the Muskrat’s butt.

Spikedlemon
Spikedlemon
8 months ago

Ford Festiva.

Griznant
Griznant
8 months ago

My ’82 D150.

I would sideline the current 440 swap for this monster.

Cool Dave
Cool Dave
8 months ago

Obvious answer but my ‘73 D100.

Less obvious answer would be mid-mounted in an ‘80s Dodge van with the wood paneling, perfect!

10001010
10001010
8 months ago

What Would You Stuff Dodge’s 1,025 Horsepower Demon 170 Crate Motor Into?

That’s easy, a Corvette.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
8 months ago
Reply to  10001010

If a Corvette is easy, a Chevette is even easier… and would be faster!

Stig's Cousin
Stig's Cousin
8 months ago

I would drop that engine in a 1980s Rolls Royce Silver Spur. Hooning a stately British sedan sounds fun.

Doctor Nine
Doctor Nine
8 months ago
Reply to  Stig's Cousin

Push that go fast pedal hard enough, and it’s Grey Poupon running down your leg.

RataTejas
RataTejas
8 months ago
Reply to  Doctor Nine

It’s not just Grey Poupon. It may be some real poop on.

George Wilson
George Wilson
8 months ago
Reply to  Stig's Cousin
StillNotATony
StillNotATony
8 months ago

I would also stick with the Stellantis family (though now divorced) and stuff it in a Sprinter.

Why? I’d like to test out the theory put forward by the F4 Phantom that you can make a brick fly if you put a big enough engine in it.

OverlandingSprinter
OverlandingSprinter
8 months ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

Hey hey. Stay in your lane, buddy.

Toecutter
Toecutter
8 months ago

Miata
Is
Always
The
Answer

Yes, a Miata NB with a Miata Italia kit front end, a custom aerodynamic fastback hard top to cut drag, a roll cage, with the rear-end tubbed out, and some big, fat tires in the back that will probably take up a majority of the width of the rear end. Would need a custom differential and probably a Lenco transmission.

It would be nice to get 30+ mpg if you baby it, and then to have an arch-Demon when you put the hammer down…

Last edited 8 months ago by Toecutter
10001010
10001010
8 months ago
Reply to  Toecutter

My BRZ could use a little more power too.

Turbotictac
Turbotictac
8 months ago
Reply to  Toecutter

Someone already Hellcat swapped a NB, last I saw it had been wrecked 3 times and sold the same number of times. Hard pass

Toecutter
Toecutter
8 months ago
Reply to  Turbotictac

I’ve seen videos of it. It was amazing. It needs different tires and a re-design of the rear suspension, and some ballast to balance it. Not an easy or inexpensive thing to get right, but I think it is possible.

Turbotictac
Turbotictac
8 months ago
Reply to  Toecutter

from what I have heard the new owner is fixing it properly and making the right improvements after the last owner spun it into a ditch leaving a car show.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
8 months ago

A tank.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
8 months ago

Easy. I’d stick with Stellantis and give us the Demon Pacifica that we all deserve.

RataTejas
RataTejas
8 months ago

I really think DT’s EuroCaravan needs a heart transplant.

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