Other than the Hornet, the Charger Daytona EV concept in a striking hue of red, and six of the “Last Call” models available at the SEMA motorshow, Dodge unveils the HurriCrate, a new inline six crate engine, and brings some changes to the Hellephant crate engines.
Seeing something below 8 cylinders in Dodge’s playground is unusual. For the last two decades they’ve been playing around more with V8s and seem to craft their image on it. At least, until government-mandated electrification of commercial vehicles hit. Still, there’s a lot to cover on the new toys of Direct Connection, Dodge’s performance parts outlet. There’s a whole load of info to cover, and it’s not everything they have just yet.
Beginning with the HurriCrate, it’s a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline six, same ones you could find in the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer, a model which used to be V8-exclusive. We know how upset people can be at that, but the Hurricane has impressive, award-winning performance to back it up; more so with its crate engine variant. The twin turbos have been tuned for quicker response to throttle inputs with its cylinder bores coated in Plasma Transfer Wire Arc.
There’s two versions to choose from; Cat 1, which has 420 horsepower and 468 lb-ft of torque, and Cat 3, capable of 550 hp and 531 lb-ft at best, but these are just preliminary estimates. Cat 1’s turbochargers can deliver 22 PSI of boost at its best, and comes with cast aluminum pistons, among other tricks up its sleeve. Dodge skips a number for Cat 3; and some details include switching the twin turbos for liquid-charged, air-cooled Garrett units that can deliver 26 PSI of boost at best, a 9:5:1 compression ratio, forged aluminum pistons, and an engine-mounted water-to-air charge cooler. Good enough for you? Dodge certainly disagrees. There’s a racing-focused Cat X variant and a Drag Pak special in the plans as well.
Next up: the Hellephant. The first time it emerged, it saw 1000 hp from a supercharged 7.0-liter HEMI V8. Dodge is here to break those numbers in four different ways; all of which will use the same 3.0-liter supercharger. It’s revised its fuel systems and more to accommodate different fuel types. The engines go by a code: the letter up front signifies the material of the engine block, and in this case, it’s A for aluminum and C for cast iron. The numbers behind it represent the fuel it drinks. “30” is for regular premium fuel, and “170” is for those running E85, aka high-performance race fuel.
Starting from the C30, it has a 6.2-liter motor and the aforementioned 3.0-liter IHI supercharger. It comes with a bigger throttle body, stronger rods and pistons, and is capable of pushing 900 horses. The alcohol-running C170 boasts 1000 hp, thanks to the same upgraded fuel system that once again gives flex-fuel capabilities. Then comes the A30, it’s a bored, stroked 7.0-liter third generation HEMI, which has a 3.17 inch supercharger and 4340 H-beam rods. That allows 1000 hp on premium. The A170 has flex-fuel capabilities thanks to its improved fuel system, and brings 1100 hp to the table.
There’s more variety within Direct Connection’s store, and the 30 series will presumably see use in more “dailyable” builds, or cars that don’t spend its life on the track/drag strip 24/7. It’s exciting to see what builds will breathe to life with the new Hellephants, and you can bet we’re quite curious to hear what Dodge’s inline six will sound like.
p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Dodge and Direct Connection)