Ford currently offers a wide array of crate engines – everything from the 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 to the 5.0L Coyote V8 and even the 7.3L Godzilla V8. But as automakers, including FoMoCo, transition to an all-electric future, some sort of electric crate motor was inevitable. And sure enough, soon we will be able to purchase what will be called the Ford Eluminator electric crate motor directly from the automaker, but first, it will make its public debut at the upcoming 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas this November.
The Ford Eluminator – a clever name that pays homage to the automaker’s 5.2L Aluminator V8 – is quite small at 570 millimeters (22.5 inches) in length, which means that it’ll fit in just about anything one can imagine. Otherwise, Ford didn’t reveal any additional information about its new electric crate motor – including what sort of battery pack might also be available to pair it with. However, according to Car Scoops, it will reportedly produce 281 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque.
Ford’s Eluminator arrives roughly a year after General Motors revealed its Electric Connect and Cruise package, which pairs an electric motor making 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque with a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Both of these offerings are intended to allow those that like to turn a wrench to electrify all sorts of older vehicles, perhaps keeping them on the road for generations to come.
A tease for you: An electric crate motor for your restomod or project.
— Ford Performance (@FordPerformance) August 19, 2021
Classic vehicles with EV power are starting to gain steam in recent years, and even Gateway Bronco sells its stellar restomods with a 400 horsepower electric motor and five-speed manual transmission. These types of offerings only figure to grow as more OEMs offer complete crate motor/battery packages that make EV swaps much easier to complete, too.