From Elephant to Hellcat: The evolution of the HEMI® engine range from 426 to 707

Few badges inspire as much lore as “HEMI®” V8. From its days stuffed inside a Dodge Coronet cruising Main Street in the glory days of the muscle car, the HEMI engine has thrilled generations with its power, torque and signature orange paint. But even though a HEMI engine of some form has been in production since the early ‘50s, its popularity didn’t really take off until 1964, when the 426 was unveiled. 
 

1968 426 HEMI V8 Cutaway 

The 426 HEMI V8 was not borne from the boulevard, it was a product of the…

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From Elephant to Hellcat: The evolution of the HEMI® engine range from 426 to 707

Shake, Rattle and Roll – The history of the IQECAG (a.k.a. the Shaker hood)

If you’ll harken back to your middle school science class with me for a second, you’ll remember that in order to make fire, you need three ingredients: fuel, ignition and air – or, more specifically, oxygen. You’ll also remember that cold air is denser than hot air, putting more oxygen in the same amount of volume. While the modern internal combustion engine does a fine job of delivering fuel and ignition, that cold air part becomes tricky as you try to route fresh air from outside through a hot engine compartment. 
 

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Shake, Rattle and Roll – The history of the IQECAG (a.k.a. the Shaker hood)

All About the SRT® Hellcat, Part 4: Superchargers and HEMI® V8 engines; 1 + 1 = 3

As we marvel at the Dodge SRT® Hellcat HEMI® engine’s status as the world’s most potent regular production V8 offering*, we’re reminded that the history of the automobile has seen the appearance of a nearly countless multitude of engine configurations. Since the dawn of the worldwide auto industry, the liquid cooled, reciprocating, internal combustion engine has been rendered in more distinct configurations than there are breeds of cats, of which there are 39.  
 
Looking back over the past 115 years, car buyers have been offered piston engines with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 and even…

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All About the SRT® Hellcat, Part 4: Superchargers and HEMI® V8 engines; 1 + 1 = 3