“Hellucination” is a One-Off ’68 Carbon Fiber Charger With a 1000 HP Hellephant Crate Engine
If there’s one thing that we absolutely can’t help but love in the world of classic muscle cars, it’s when these classic cars meet modern hardware. Don’t get me wrong, an old-school Mopar screaming along with any sort of V8 is music to the ears. However, back in 1968, we would be hard-pressed to believe that even the engineers behind something like a Dodge Charger could believe that their machine would be capable of making 1000 hp one day.
Lo and behold, in the year 2023, 1000 hp is much more obtainable than ever.
In fact, with the help of the Hellephant crate engine, Dodge actually allowed customers to go home with a turn-key 1000-hp package. The combination not only offers up big power but also big reliability. From what we hear over and over again, the crate engine that they call the “Hellephant” will drive just like a typical Hellcat on the street but when you crack open the throttle, there’s a little bit of extra power to play with.
This time, we check in with the 1968 Dodge Charger that goes by the name of “Hellucination.” When Hellucination was purchased, the car was described as a rusted-out barn find. However, several steps later in the equation and we run into the machine that is now fitted with the 1000 hp 7.0L monster and needless to say, this thing is an absolute head-turner. A little bit of love from a company called SpeedKore also made sure that the old-school muscle machine was outfitted in carbon fiber from head to toe to become what we know it today.
Drop in below as Rob Dahm of Top Gear meets up with the owner to see what this thing is all about, getting the full tour as well as learning the story of the incredible build.