While restomods are nothing new, one sporting an EV crate motor that customers can actually buy? Now you’ve got my undivided attention.. and my mind racing about what kind of cars I might be able to stuff an electric motor into.
Feast your eyes on the all-electric Ford F-100 Eluminator Concept, which Ford unveiled at the SEMA show in Las Vegas today as it demonstrates the future of electrified, zero-tailpipe-emissions custom vehicles.
Based on a heritage 1978 F-100 pickup, the F-100 Eluminator concept features all-wheel drive via two powerful electric motors shared with the 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition. Two electric traction motors drive the front and rear wheels, packing a powerful 480 horsepower and 634 lb.-ft. of torque. Eluminator, the first e-crate motor from Ford Performance Parts, is based on the Mustang Mach-E GT’s traction motor.
“Ford owners have personalized, customized and enhanced their vehicles since the beginning, from changing looks to bringing the power. Our F-100 Eluminator concept is a preview of how we’re supporting customers as they go all-electric and embrace zero-tailpipe emissions performance, even for heritage vehicles,” said Eric Cin, global director, Vehicle Personalization, Accessories and Licensing.
The all-electric F-100 Eluminator concept, designed and created by Ford Performance, was built in collaboration with MLe Racecars and sits on a custom chassis by the Roadster Shop. It’s painted in Avalanche Gray with Cerakote Copper accents applied by Brand X Customs, while the interior features a billet aluminum dash by JJR Fabrication and avocado-tanned leather upholstery by MDM Upholstery. It’s fitted with custom 19×10-inch billet aluminum 3-piece wheels by Forgeline with Michelin Latitude Sport 275/45-19 high-performance tires.
While many old-timers are clinging dearly to their gas-powered motors, the Eluminator e-crate motor is definitely an interesting proposition for those looking to blend the past and the future. Part No. M-9000-MACH-E, the e-crate motor is now available at authorized Ford parts warehouse dealers or online at Ford Performance Parts, with a retail price of $3,900. Each Eluminator e-crate motor produces 281 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque and is street-legal in all 50 states.
Over time, Ford Performance plans to develop a wider list of components for the Eluminator powertrain with some of the leading performance manufacturers, including battery systems, controllers and traction inverters to close the loop on full turnkey aftermarket electrification solutions.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty charged up about the prospect of electrified restomods!