Ever since Dodge debuted the 426 cubic-inch Hellephant crate engine back in April of 2019, fans of the brand have been waiting to see what kind of awesome cars would become home for the monster of a V8. After facing a bit of a technical snafu that delayed production, a handful of customers are starting to take deliveries. Thanks to Facebook, we now know that we can expect a Hellephant-powered Ringbrothers project in the near future.
According to the company’s Facebook page, the Spring Green, Wisconsin-based shop has taken delivery of an example of the crate motor that produces 1,000 HP and 950 lb-ft of torque after nine months of waiting. Better yet, the Ringbrothers acquired this lump of factory lunacy from their local dealership, Fillback Ford and Chrysler.
For those who are unfamiliar with Ringbrothers, it is time to become acquainted with these extremely talented builders. Despite running day to day as a local collision and repair shop, the team at Ringbrothers build a handful of the coolest custom muscle cars money can buy each year. Seriously, the level of detail and craftsmanship that their cars possess is something to behold, and is exactly why they’ve received the amount of accolades that they have.
Fans of Mopar haven’t had many Ringbrothers cars to ogle over, however. The company is most recently known for their work with the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, as seen at the 2019 SEMA Show. However, the shop has only built two Mopar show cars: a 1972 Javelin AMX known as Defiant (pictured up top), and a 1969 Dodge Charger named Defector (pictured just above). Both cars were completed back in 2017, and they haven’t done another Mopar since.
This then begs the question of what car will Ringbrothers turn into a fire-breathing Hellephant-powered one-off. Fans on the shop’s Facebook page have guessed everything from a Challenger to a Chevelle, though we are almost certain that this motor is bound for a Mopar. Dodge has already built a Hellephant-powered vintage Charger themselves, so perhaps Ringbrothers will look elsewhere for their own return to the Mopar brand.