Blissful Hemi Day!
That is the unofficial designation for April 26, no less than among the many “Mopar or no automotive” crowd.
It is a reference to the numerical model of the date, Four/26, which corresponds with the displacement of the 426 cubic-inch Hemi V8 of 1964-1971 that’s affectionately generally known as “The Elephant.”
The engine was one of many second technology of Chrysler Company V8s to function a hemispherical combustion chamber and have become a legend when it was banned from NASCAR after dominating its debut season.
Chrysler continued to develop it as a drag racing motor and launched a mass-market avenue model in 1966.
The 425 hp engine was obtainable in a number of fashions, together with the 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible, of which solely 11 have been made and simply two offered within the U.S. with a Four-speed guide transmission. The one one among them that also exists with its unique powertrain was auctioned in 2014 for $three.5 million.
The Hemi title was resurrected for a brand new technology of engines in 2003 and continues to be in use by Dodge and the Mopar components division immediately.
In 2019, the automaker celebrated Hemi Day with the launch of a contemporary 1,000 hp supercharged 426 V8 known as “The Hellephant” that is obtainable for customized automotive builds for $29,995.
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