Back in August, Ford previewed its first-ever electric crate motor, dubbed the Eluminator, a clever name that pays homage to the automaker’s 5.2L Aluminator V8, and noted that it would be revealed at the 2021 SEMA Show. The e-motor later popped up on Ford Performance’s site, revealing that it comes straight from the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, the performance variant of FoMoCo’s EV crossover. Instead of just revealing the new electric crate motor at SEMA, however, the automaker brought an entire build to show it off – the 1978 Ford F-100 Eluminator concept.
The 1978 Ford F-100 Eluminator concept features vintage bodywork, but thoroughly modern underpinnings. That includes a pair of electric motors based on the ones present in the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition – one at each end of the vehicle – proving a combined output of 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque as well as the traction advantages provided by all-wheel drive.
Designed and built in collaboration with MLe Racecars, the F-100 Eluminator rides on a custom Roadster Shop chassis and rolls on a set of 19×10-inch Forgeline billet aluminum three-piece wheels, which are wrapped with Michelin Latitude Sport 275/45-19 high-performance tires to put all that power to the ground.
In the appearance department, the F-100 Aluminator shines with an Avalanche Gray paint job with Cerakote Copper accents applied by Brand X Customs. MDM Upholstery handled the avocado-tanned leather interior, which also features a JJR Fabrication billet aluminum dash.
Ford’s new Eluminator electric crate engine is available now with a retail price of $3,900. Each produces 281 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque and is street-legal in all 50 states. Ford also plans on producing a full list of components to support the Eluminator in the future, including battery systems, controllers, and traction inverters.