4/26 = 426: Happy HEMI® Day!

 

The 426 HEMI® V8 has a reputation for dominance enjoyed by few engines, and the legend continues to grow. Here’s a brief timeline of this iconic engine’s history. 
 

– Originally designed and created as a “race only” engine in 1964, vehicles powered by the 426 HEMI V8 dominate racetracks and drag strips during its first year of competition. 
 

– Stock Car officials ban the 426 HEMI engine for the 1965 race season as protests from the competition mount declaring the dominant V8 is not a regular production engine in passenger cars. 
 

– Chrysler introduces…

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4/26 = 426: Happy HEMI® Day!

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…

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

Dodge and Keselowski Win Again in Dover

 

Brad Keselowski used sharp fuel mileage strategy to win the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. The Penske Racing driver led only twice for 14 of the 400 laps in his Dodge Charger, but now he has two victories in the first three races of the final 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup—and he leads the points standings over perennial favorite Jimmie Johnson.

 

Kyle Busch was dominant for much of the day, leading 302 laps,

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Dodge and Keselowski Win Again in Dover