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Celebrating Hemi Day

by David Zatz on

Hemi 50th anniversary

Mopar and the rest of Chrysler have been preparing for “Hemi day” — 4/26 — for most of April, especially given that this is the 50th anniversary of the famed “elephant engine,”  the 426 Hemi.

While the original Hemi engines were Chrysler’s first V8s, and were designed mainly to power everyday cars, the second generation was created primarily for racing. A street version was also sold, to conform to stock-car competition rules, but it is highly unlikely that Chrysler would have approved the street Hemi on its own. The 426 Hemi was a formidable powerhouse, using efficient combustion chambers, a low-friction design, and massive valves to generate enormous power.

For the full scoop, see our “deeper looks” below. Or check out Chrysler’s suggestions for celebrating Hemi day.

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