You know we love a good F100 around here. This particular one is a 1978 F-100 that’s been transformed to highlight a brand-new crate motor from the Blue Oval brand. The truck is called the Eluminator and it is essentially wearing the go-fast parts from the new Mach-E GT. And if you’re going to wrap something around those parts, an F-100 is a great choice.
Electric crate engines are going to be a blast. The more the merrier as competition will help bring down the price, hopefully. For now, though, it’s great to see Ford dole one out and use a classic truck as the platform on which to display it. Classic cars can have a second life with EV power. As much as we love the rumble of a proper V8 engine, we also appreciate the wonderful personality and capability that an EV swap delivers.
This truck uses two electric motors. There’s one at the front and one out back. In total, you’re looking at an F-100 with 480 horsepower and 634 lb-ft of torque. A custom chassis was built to mate F-100 to Mach-E GT parts. A set of 19″x10″ wheels sit at each corner and wear 275-series Michelins.
Here’s the fun part of the truck. The crate motor, which is labeled as Part No. M-9000-Mach-E will be offered for sale through Ford Performance Parts. The retail price is $3,900 which seems downright reasonable to me. Especially since it’s an electric box you can put in an old vehicle and have it spit out 281 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Right now, Ford is just selling the motor. You’ll need batteries and controllers to make it all work correctly. In time, Ford plans to offer those bits too. Down the road, Ford will offer a fully turnkey electric-swap solution.
And yes, I’m sitting here daydreaming about swapping one into my Montero…