Dodge blew up the aftermarket world when it released its Hellephant crate engine, with a horsepower rating of 1,000 and a torque rating of 950 lb-ft. We knew that this would be the start of the over 1,000 horsepower wars, and Don Schumacher Racing has just released its counterattack.
It’s called the DSR 1150, and as the name implies, this supercharged Hemi makes more horsepower than even the Hellephant V8.
“The performance aftermarket is a natural expansion for our brand and motorsports technology,” said Chad Osier, President of DSR Performance. “The DSR 1150 is a pure All-American crate engine that gives racers, enthusiasts, and car builders a new level of performance. We’ve meticulously engineered the DSR 1150 to deliver industry-leading horsepower and durability, all in a plug-and-play platform.”
Displacing 7.0-liters, the engine produces 1,150 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 974 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm, which makes the Hellephant V8 crate engine look like a baby toy (okay, maybe not completely). However, it does make DSR1150 the most powerful OEM production-based engine running on 93 octane pump gas.
The engine is a collaboration between DSR Performance and A.J. Berge, Co-Crew Chief of the DSR Drag Paks and Owner of HEMI Tuner Performance.
“The DSR 1150 Crate Engine is a game changer and will shake up the Mopar community,” said Berge. “The technology that’s made us successful both on and off the track has gone into creating the DSR 1150 Crate engine. We feel we’ve developed a great package that combines record-setting horsepower level, extreme durability, and great drivability.”
Based on a GEN III Hemi V8 engine, the bore and stroke of the engine are 4.100 and 4.050, and has a compression ratio of 9.8:1. The heads are slightly modified versions of the aluminum units found in the Hellcat, while the block is a production BGE casting usually found in the Ram Heavy Duty Pickup. The supercharger displaces 3.0-liters on its own, which brings the size of the entire package to 10.0-liters, matching the total displacement of the Hellephant crate engine.
If you want one (and we know you do) it’ll cost you $39,950, and it can be easily ordered through DSRPerformance.com, as well as exclusive dealers. There is a catch, however, and that is that only 20 units will be built, so you’ll have to be pretty quick on the draw with a credit card to procure your own. If you miss out, there will be some parts available from DSR Performance that will allow a similar package to be built at home.
We sure would love to see one of these swapped into the new Dodge Banshee, in order to make 126 decibels in a more natural way.