Last year, FoMoCo revealed its new Ford Eluminator electric crate motor, which comes straight from the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition. Weighing in at just 205 pounds, the Eluminator generates a healthy 281 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, giving hot rodders the chance to electrify just about anything thanks to its tidy packaging and $3,900 price tag. To demonstrate the many possibilities of the Eluminator, The Blue Oval also put together one of the coolest SEMA builds ever – the 1978 Ford F-100 Eluminator concept, which Ford Authority was able to check out up close at the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The 1978 Ford F-100 Eluminator concept looks like little more than a mild custom pickup on the outside, with a body adorned in Avalanche Gray paint job with Cerakote Copper accents applied by Brand X Customs, as well as a set of vintage-looking 19×10-inch Forgeline billet aluminum three-piece wheels, which are wrapped with Michelin Latitude Sport 275/45-19 high-performance tires. However, underneath that surface, it’s a very modern machine.
Designed and built in collaboration with MLe Racecars, the F-100 Eluminator rides on a custom Roadster Shop chassis that helps it handle more like a sports car than an old pickup. It also features a pair of Eluminator crate motors, which prove a combined output of 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque as well as the traction advantages provided by all-wheel drive.
The F-100 Eluminator concept is equally modern inside, as MDM Upholstery stitched the cab in an attractive avocado-tanned leather, which is accented by a JJR Fabrication billet aluminum dash, plaid door panels, and a host of Mach-E components, including its giant 15.5-inch infotainment screen, digital instrument panel, and steering wheel.
The Ford F-100 Eluminator concept has been extremely well-received since its debut, even prompting FoMoCo CEO Jim Farley to ask aloud if the automaker should put this new/old gem into production. That’s highly unlikely to happen, of course, but one can dream, no?