Everything you need to know about Dodge’s new Hellephant and HurriCrate engines from SEMA 2022

It’s worth pointing that out Chryslers success in the mid-20th century had a lot to do with “Hemi” engines. The 426 Hemi is perhaps the most iconic Hemi in history, making its way into many classics Cleverness and Plymouth models. Today, however, most of the Hemi’s popularity is carried by Dodge and RAM. As we may not see another Hemi V8 for years to come, it’s important to embrace such colossal feats of engineering.


So to honor loyalists, Mopar went ahead and unveiled a line of high-performance crate motors at SEMA 2022. Dodge’s Direct Connection brand, which specializes in factory parts, has announced two new crate motors: the Hellephant and HurriCrate series for street and towing applications. .

Dodge’s Hellephant V8 series, ranging in size and power output, is about experiencing authentic Hemi rawness, while the Hurricane inline-6 ​​lineup (marketed as HurricCrate) offers resto-mod builders and racers a technologically advanced solution with a powerful crate motor.

Based on preliminary estimates, the Hellephant line of supercharged V8 crate engines produces between 900 and over 1,100 horsepower. The HurriCrate I6 engines, on the other hand, put out between 420 and 550 horsepower, based on preliminary estimates.

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Meet the new Hellephant Supercharged V8 crate engines

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Direct Connection, Dodge’s exclusive source of factory-backed performance parts, continues to grow after its 2022 debut. These high-quality parts, available through Dodge Power Brokers dealerships, unlock enhanced tuning potential by enabling enthusiasts to drive their latest street or take drag builds to greater heights.

“We are bringing back the Hellephant and adding new HurriCrate motors to expand the Direct Connection series with two new families of crate motors. Enthusiast demand for high-quality parts for the street and strip continues to grow, and Direct Connection will continue to feed it,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO.

Dodge's New Hellephant and HurriCrate Engines SEMA 2022
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Dodge’s family of Hellephant engines all feature a 3.0L IHI supercharger and a GEN III Hemi engine block, available in cast iron or aluminum. The brand’s new lineup of high-performance crate engines launches with a new naming convention. Engine names beginning with an “A” or “C” indicate an aluminum or cast iron block, followed by a numeric representation of the fuel type: “30” for premium fuel (E15 max) or “170” for E85 fuel.

Expansion of the original 1,000 hp Hellephant 426 cu.in. crate engine introduced in 2019, Dodge offers new variants for 2022, namely C30, A30, C170 and A170, with upgraded hardware and fuel systems to maximize power. Direct Connection’s C30 is the entry-level supercharged Hellephant lineup with an upgraded 376 cu.in. cast iron block, a larger throttle body, stronger rods, pistons and an improved valve train to produce about 900 horsepower. The C170 builds on the C30 with an upgraded fuel system and flex-fuel capability, delivering over 1,000 horsepower with E85 fuel.

Dodge's new Hellephant and HurriCrate engines from 2022
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Formerly known as the Hellephant 426 Supercharged HEMI Crate Engine, the A30 uses a 426 cubic inch bore and has 4340 H-beam bars, forged aluminum pistons and a 3.17-inch supercharger pulley to achieve 1,000 horsepower. The A170 builds on the A30, just like the C170, but preliminary estimates put the engine at over 1,100 horsepower on the E85. As for price, the A30 starts at $29,995; pricing for the rest of the lineup remains unannounced.

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Introducing Dodge Direct Connection Twin-Turbo HurriCrates

Dodge's New Hellephant and HurriCrate Engines SEMA 2022
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Derived from the 3.0L Hurricane twin-turbo engine, Dodge’s HurriCrate Series engines deliver more horsepower, more torque and lower emissions than many naturally aspirated V8s. The HurriCrate engines are available in three variants: Cat 1, Cat 3 and Cat X. The Cat 1 engine features cast aluminum pistons, 10.4:1 compression and twin turbochargers that deliver up to 22 psi of peak boost. All this translates to the Cat 1 crate engine producing an estimated 420 horsepower and 468 Ib-ft of torque. Dodge’s Cat 3 engine produces 550 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, courtesy of twin 26 psi Garett turbochargers, forged aluminum pistons and a 9.5:1 compression ratio.

Dodge's New Hellephant and HurriCrate Engines SEMA 2022
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Direct Connection has plans for a racing variant with a possible Drag Pak containing the HurriCrate Cat X. However, the crate motor is currently under development. Also, the prices for all HuriCrate engines remain secret. Expect full details to be announced in 2023.

As for production and availability of Hellaphant and HurriCrates, Dodge says the HurriCrate Cat 3 will be available in Q2 next year, with the Cat 1 in early 2024. Expect the A30 to ship around Q2 of 2023, with the C170 to follow in Q3. The C30 crate engine, on the other hand, will likely be offered in the fourth quarter of 2023. However, the all-aluminium A170 won’t be available for purchase any time soon, with shipping expected to begin around the second quarter of 2024.

Sources: Stellantis, Dodge Direct Connection

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