When the Hellcat engine was first introduced to the world all the way back in 2014, drivers could get their hands on one, but only if they purchased a Dodge Challenger Hellcat or a Dodge Charger Hellcat. Drivers lapped up the high-powered muscle cars, with sales ballooning far beyond what Dodge had originally hoped for.
Now, car enthusiasts are set for another great surprise. Mopar, the company behind the Hellcat, will soon be selling the engines as a stand-alone product. Fiat-Chrysler, the parent company of both Dodge and Mopar, has made the call to sell Hellcat engines and Hellcat engine kits, which they’ve creatively decided to dub “Hellcrates”. The announcement was made at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, and mechanic students and appreciators of all stripes will want to take a closer look at this brand new “Hellcrate” engine kit, which will pack considerable horsepower into any vehicle it’s installed into.
Performance Numbers Students in Mechanic Certification Programs Appreciate
It’s not hard to see why car enthusiasts might be tempted to purchase a Hellcat engine kit. After all, Hellcat engines pack one hell of a punch; the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat delivers 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. It’s what helped make the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat the most powerful as well as the fastest production sedan on the planet, boasting a 204 mph (328 km/h) top track speed and a ¼-mile (400m) time of 11.0 seconds. The bottom line is this engine can essentially turn anything that can accommodate it into a hulking, high-horsepower machine.
Now, with the help of the Hellcrate, it’s possible to add that kind of performance without scrounging around for an old Charger or Challenger. In addition, the Hellcat engine also comes with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty, reassuringly promising a warranty for engines that will undoubtedly be pushed to the limit.
Unpacking What Comes in the Hellcrate Engine Kit
Offering the engine and engine kit as standalone products means that those with careers in the auto industry who are capable will be able to add this incredibly powerful engine to the car of their dreams. However, it’s important to note that the Hellcrate is optimized for use with manual transmissions, and that Mopar emphasizes it’s best suited to classic, pre-1976 cars.
The kit itself will include a power distribution center, a harness for engine wiring, an accelerator pedal, chassis harness, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors, and a fuel pump control module—elements that will be familiar to graduates of a mechanic certification program. In addition, buyers will also have the option to splurge on a Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) kit, which will include belts, a power steering pump, an alternator, and more.
The only downside? Buyers will need to shell out roughly $25,800 CAD for the Hellcrate engine, and an added $2,800 CAD for the rest of the kit. When it comes to the FEAD kit, there’s plenty of speculation, but no word yet on what the price tag will be.
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