A journey through Chrysler’s HEMI engine history.
- 1971 – Bobby Isaac breaks 28 records at Bonneville in a Dodge Charger Daytona; top speed is 217.368 mph.
- 1971 – Richard Petty wins his 3rd NASCAR Grand National championship in a HEMI Road Runner.
- 1971 – Don Garlits introduces HEMI-powered rear engine dragster at NHRA Winter Nationals.
- 1971 – Sox and Martin win six of eight NHRA events; they represent drag racing at a presidential reception.
- 1991 – Al Teague sets 409.986 mph wheel-driven Land Speed Record in the Supercharged class with single HEMI.
- 2003 – 5.7-liter HEMI “Magnum” develops up to 345 hp and 375 lb.-ft. of torque.
- 2003 – 5.7-liter HEMI “Magnum” in Ram 2500/3500 series trucks delivers best-in-class power, acceleration and towing capacity.
- 2003 – 5.7-liter HEMI “Magnum” is 56 lbs. lighter, has 41% more power and 12% more torque than the 5.9-liter Magnum wedge head engine it replaces.
- 2003 – 5.7-liter HEMI is the first Chrysler production gasoline engine with electronic throttle control or “Drive-by-Wire”.
- 2003 – The 5.7-liter HEMI meets all federal emissions standards, delivers 8-10% better economy than the engine it replaces.
- 2003 – 5.7-liter HEMI “Magnum” is the first Chrysler production engine to use two spark plugs per cylinder.
- 2003 – 5.7-liter HEMI features “Leak Free” design with a cast-in drain through on the oil filter pad.
- 2003 – HEMI architecture produces power comparable to an overhead cam engine, yet is less costly to build.
- 2003 – 5.7-liter HEMI is the first Chrysler production engine to use two spark plugs per cylinder.
- 2003 – The new HEMI is named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines.
- 2004 – The Ram 1500 and all-new Dodge Durango are available with 5.7-liter HEMI.
- 2004 – The 5.7-liter HEMI is named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for the second year in a row.
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