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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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Frankencamry
Frankencamry
8 months ago

Put it in a vintage Rolls Royce, then answer every question about power output by saying it’s “sufficient”. Worked for their marketing for decades, might as well stick to tradition.

Fuzzyweis
Fuzzyweis
8 months ago

Isn’t the answer always Miata?

Aprtur
Aprtur
8 months ago

So it’s like an even worse AMG R Class?
You magnificent bastard, you’ve done it…lol

Last edited 8 months ago by Aprtur
Aprtur
Aprtur
8 months ago

I’m honestly shocked nobody has mentioned a Dodge Monaco yet…

“Cop tires, cop suspension….”

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
8 months ago

Torch’s Changli

AlterId
AlterId
8 months ago

Since @World24 already posted the idea for a mid-engined Omni, here’s my two:

A big. blowsy, brightly-colored Exner/Engel (I prefer Elwood Engel’s version. but I get the appeal of Virgil Exner’s) Imperial convertible, although I’ll accept a ’65 (movie) or ’66 (contemporary TV series) Black Beauty – not really my taste, but it certainly fits the context.
A Dodge Challenger, but not any of the ones you’re thinking of – the Dodge Colt Challenger, or its badge-engineered stablemate Plymouth Sapporo, both stemming from the Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. I’ll also accept versions of the Mitsubishi Station or Dodge-Plymouth-Chrysler Conquest that replaced them.

Last edited 8 months ago by AlterId
World24
World24
8 months ago
Reply to  AlterId

Out of every vehicle I could’ve chosen, I’m surprised someone else would also like a mid-engine Omni!
Plus, mentioning the Mitsubishi Galant Lambda is a cool plus, and one hellva good idea!

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
8 months ago
Reply to  AlterId

I loved the little Sapporo I had—but the thought of dropping 945 driveshaft-twisting torques in one is, well, I’ve lived this long: kinda committed to self-preservation.
Still, the thought also made me chuckle (no: not like a super villain—not at all)

The Artist Formerly Known as the Uncouth Sloth
The Artist Formerly Known as the Uncouth Sloth
8 months ago

dem big long ol’ Electra 225s Torch was looking at yesterday.

Fuzz
Fuzz
8 months ago

BMW Isetta. Granted, it’d be the only thing “in” the car, but I’m sure you could rig it up as a tow vehicle for a Radio Flyer or something to sit in.

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
8 months ago

Keeping it Stellantis, the answer is obviously Citroën.

But which Citroën?
One of those 2cv vans like that one with the Ferrari engine would be a hoot and a half, but really the Citroën SM is the proper home. I’d settle for a DS though. Or an H van, yeah.

MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
8 months ago

Classy choice: Jenson Interceptor. A Hellephant would be a natural replacement for the original 440.

Bonkers choice: Toyota Hilux, late 70’s/early 80’s era. Pull the bed off and put the engine behind the cab. Leave the 22R to power the stereo/AC, leaving all 1025 HP to spin the rear wheels.

Last edited 8 months ago by MaximillianMeen
AlterId
AlterId
8 months ago

The Interceptor is an excellent choice.

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
8 months ago

Oh, Jenson Interceptor, hadn’t thought of that. Along similar lines a Monteverdi High Speed also used the 440.

Facel Vegas came with Hemis, that would be pretty nice too.

Curtis Loew
Curtis Loew
8 months ago

I just sold our brown 1975 Dodge Dart 4 door. It would have been fun in that, it’s 1000 lbs lighter than a new challenger too.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
8 months ago
Reply to  Curtis Loew

this is what I scrolled down for. After all, some early ones came with a 170ci Leaning Tower, no? This has 170 in the name—it’ll be fine 😉

Max Finkel
Max Finkel
8 months ago
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Angry Bob
Angry Bob
8 months ago

BMW e39. It’d be the ultimate family car. Capable of hauling kids and hauling ass.

Farty McSprinkles
Farty McSprinkles
8 months ago

1960 – 1961 Dodge Polara Station wagon.

Last edited 8 months ago by Farty McSprinkles
Ananda22
Ananda22
8 months ago

’95 corolla

Last edited 8 months ago by Ananda22
Max Headbolts
Max Headbolts
8 months ago

1939 Dodge D11 Luxury Liner, chopped channeld, and lowered on custom modern frame and suspension.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2f/Dodge_D11_Luxury_Liner_4-Door_Sedan_1939.jpg

World24
World24
8 months ago

Hilariously dumb idea: Omni, behind the front seats.
Actual cool idea: Trailduster. Make a Baja-inspired Trailduster with that engine?! Talk about some fun!

AlterId
AlterId
8 months ago
Reply to  World24

I was thinking the same thing about the Omni – a modern update of the Renault 5 Turbo or Clio V6.

World24
World24
8 months ago
Reply to  AlterId

Realistically, I would try and find a Turbo 3 to put into an Omni to create the “ultimate” (obviously, others would argue) 80’s hot hatch.
But an American Renault mid-engine hatchback would be cool to see!

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
8 months ago
Reply to  World24

where do I send my money? great idea.

Nic Periton
Nic Periton
8 months ago

I think it might have to go in a Smart, does anyone have a spare one?

Danny Zabolotny
Danny Zabolotny
8 months ago

Put it in a DeTomaso Pantera and make the sketchiest car known to mankind. It’s already designed for a big ol’ pushrod V8, so this should drop right in. Just imagine the questionable Italian suspension trying to handle 1025hp, it would be hilarious.

Andrea Petersen
Andrea Petersen
8 months ago

Having been at above triple digit speeds in a Pantera, I can say it would be a glorious way to die.

Rusty S Trusty
Rusty S Trusty
8 months ago

I’d put it in an old Supra to troll the JDM bros or an RX-7 to troll the rotary enthusiasts, or I’d swap it with a Cummins or whatever the diesel bros drool over. Something like that

Library of Context
Library of Context
8 months ago

Obvious: build a motorcycle around it, and then sell it to Jay Leno.

Scott Wangler
Scott Wangler
8 months ago

Mercury Grand Marquis….sleeper

Lockleaf
Lockleaf
8 months ago

Sticking with Mopar. One in a 1966 Charger, another in a 1966 Newport wagon.

Mocamino
Mocamino
8 months ago

Let’s stick with the Demon theme and stick it in a 1958 Plymouth Fury.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0e/1959_Plymouth_Sport_Fury_photo-13.JPG

86TVan
86TVan
8 months ago

Motocompacto!

T-wrecks
T-wrecks
8 months ago
Reply to  86TVan

It’ll need a matching petrol trailer.

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