Engine swaps have been a part of enthusiast culture since the advent of hot-rodding, and the process has never been easier than it is today thanks to crate motors. Whether they come from an OEM like Ford or an aftermarket builder, there are literally hundreds of options out there for someone looking for a bump in power and reliability. There are some of you out there however who need your horsepower rating to have a comma in it, and for you we’d like to introduce you to Nelson Racing Engines’ new supercharged 427 LS V8 engine.
Located in Chatsworth, California, Nelson Racing Engines has been building some of the industry’s most powerful motors since 1996. This all-new package is part of NRE’s Daily Driver series, just like the twin-turbo package we reported on recently. Like the turbo motor, this package is based on a Dart LS-next Iron block, though it now features a 2.9L Whipple supercharger strapped to the top. That massive blower helps the 427 LS produce 1,000 horsepower. The package comes complete with an intercooler, an ECU, a wiring harness and an ignition system. The one pictured is kitted out with the Darth Vader appearance package, and it looks most impressive.
This package offers up similar levels of performance available from Mopar’s Hellephant V8, and the two share more than one similarity. The hand-built 426 cubic-inch Mopar V8 also produces 1,000 horsepower with some help from a supercharger, and comes fully dressed with the throttle body, flywheel, fuel injectors, water pump, oil pan for the front sump, and coil packs. And just like the NRE motor, it doesn’t come cheap with a sticker price of $29,995.
The supercharged 427 LS V8 package from Nelson Racing Engines undercuts the Hellephant crate motor with an MSRP of $25,999. When you consider that Nelson Racing Engines has one of the best reputations in the business, the price tag is likely justified. Besides, NRE reduced the price of this package by nearly $10,000 just this year.