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1978 Ford F-100 Eluminator Concept Features The Mach-E GT Powertrain: SEMA 2021

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.

We’ll have much more on the Eluminator and the 2021 SEMA Show soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-100 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Tom King

    What is the pickup’s range? What did this conversion cost?


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