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The Epling Garage Hellcat Challenger Reclaims the World Record

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:25 PM - by armtorque
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The world record for the quickest Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat quarter mile time was once again reset this past weekend, with the Epling Garage team reclaiming the top spot with a run of 8.71 at 157.439 miles per hour – which is the lowest ET and the highest trap speed by a factory Hellcat-powered car to date.

The “007” Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat from the Epling Garage was the first Hellcat car to run in the 8s when the father and son team of Leon and Jason Epling ran an 8.91 back in mid-October. Since then, the Epling’s held the world record for the quickest quarter mile time by a factory Hellcat car, but last weekend, Josh Schwartz ran an 8.83 in the Hellcat Challenger known as “TopCat” to claim the record. Schwartz’s time atop the Hellcat quarter mile leaderboard didn’t last long, as this past weekend, Leon and Jason Elping headed to the track with their 007 Challenger and when the day or racing was done – they had reclaimed the record for the world’s quickest Hellcat car.

The Epling Garage 007 Hellcat Challenger

In case you haven’t read any of our previous articles about the Epling Garage Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, here is a quick look at the modifications made to create the world’s quickest Hellcat car.

The supercharged 6.2L Hellcat Hemi under the hood has not been opened up. This engine has the stock displacement, stock bottom end, stock camshaft and the stock supercharger. The extra power needed to run in the 8s comes from adding a smaller upper pulley, larger fuel injectors, an upgraded fuel pump and a nitrous oxide system – all of which are brought together with a tune from Tim Barth at Barth Tuning. Again, while the addition of the pulley, the fuel system upgrades, the nitrous and the tune make this Hellcat Challenger far from stock – all of the engine internals are stock.
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Hellcat-Powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Reaching Dealers Now

Nov 18, 2017 - 12:00 PM - by armtorque
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While FCA has rolled out a handful of highly-anticipated performance vehicles with supercharged Hemi engines over the past few years, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk might be the most talked-about of the group. Yes, the Hellcat Challenger and Hellcat Charger have combined to steal the attention of the American auto industry since they arrived back in late 2014 and the new 840hp Dodge Demon has become the hottest topic in the muscle car world, but none of these vehicles have been talked about as much – or for the length of time – as the Trackhawk.

And now these Mopar muscle machines have started hitting dealerships in the past week or so, with deliveries likely to ramp-up over the coming months.

Why the Trackhaw is So Special

With 707 horsepower and 645lb-ft of torque being channeled to all four wheels via a heavy duty, high tech all-wheel drive system, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the quickest (acceleration), the fastest (top speed) and the most powerful of any sport utility vehicle sold in the world. While reaching all of those high performance accolades, the Trackhawk can still seat five people in the lap of luxury with plenty of room for cargo while towing up to 7,200lbs.

The Trackhawk is a 5-passenger SUV that can tow 7,200lbs, dash from 0-60 in the mid-3-second range, run the quarter mile in the mid-11-second range and reach a top speed of 180 miles per hour. No other vehicle ever built by any automaker in the world can do all of those things and this incredible combination of capabilities is why the supercharged Jeep Grand Cherokee has become more highly-anticipated than any of the Dodge supercharged cars.

Reported by Torque News.
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Mopars Hellcrate Brings Hellcat Power to the Masses

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:04 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

Mopars Hellcrate Brings Hellcat Power to the Masses



The sprawling Mopar display at this week’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas will have a great many vehicles to see, but the biggest news isn’t a vehicle – it is an engine on a stand. At SEMA, Mopar will finally introduce the first crate engine application of the 6.2L supercharged Hellcat Hemi, labeled the Hellcrate.
“Never before has a supercharged, factory-direct 707-horsepower crate engine kit been offered, and we are proud to be the first to deliver a solution enthusiasts have demanded,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “This ultimate powertrain option fits the needs of owners and fans who demand iconic performance.”

The new Hellcrate engine package from Mopar will allow those folks building project vehicles to add Hellcat Hemi power without hunting around for a totaled Challenger or Charger. Intended for pre-1976 vehicles (thus avoiding emission concerns), the Hellcrate Hemi engine offers the same 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque as the Hellcat Charger and Challenger, but the unlocked PCM will allow buyers to add lots more power in a hurry. When Challenger and Charger owners tune their own Hellcat cars, they have to have their PCM unlocked before doing so, but the Mopar Hellcrate comes with a ready-to-tune computer system. With that in mind, we can expect that most of the Hellcrate-powered classic Mopars will pack far more than 707 horsepower.


The Mopar Hellcrate Hemi Engine Kit is essentially to “plug and play” capabilities. This package comes with everything that you will need to get the engine running, including the unlocked powertrain control module (PCM), the power distribution center, an engine wiring harness, a chassis harness, the accelerator pedal, a ground jumper, the oxygen sensors, the charge air temperature sensors and the fuel pump control module.



The Hellcrate engine assembly itself ships in a specially decorated crate with the Hellcrate logo on the outside and detailed installation instructions on the inside. The MSRP of this incredible crate engine is $19,530 (PN: 68303089AA), so it isn’t cheap, and you will need to buy the Engine Kit as well, which has an MSRP of $2,195 (PN: 177072452) – leading to a total price of $21,725.

It should be noted that when the new Hellcat Hemi crate engine is purchased and installed with the Hellcrate Engine Kit, the setup comes with a 3-year, unlimited mileage warranty from Mopar. This would only cover proven defects, such as a supercharger bearing going bad, but there is more protection from defect than you would get if you bought a wrecked Hellcat car and pulled the engine for another project.


The availability of the Hellcat Hemi from Mopar will almost certainly lead to more Hellcat-powered project cars, so we are likely to see lots more classic Mopars with the most powerful Chrysler production road engine of all time.

According to today’s release, the Hellcrate is available for order through Mopar immediately, so if you have been hunting for a Hellcat Hemi to put in your classic Mopar muscle car – you can now buy a brand new engine rather than one from a junkyard.
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