Ford decided to use this year’s SEMA show to unveil a very special restomod project. Presented to the world as the F-100 Eluminator concept, this is a modern day, electric version of the 1978 F-100 pickup. It was done using a crate electric motor that Ford is now offering to those interested in such conversions and it’s pretty much awesome in every way.
Ford announced, earlier this year, that it will be offering electric crate motors just like internal combustion units were offered and still are in some cases. Those interested in one, would have to pay $3900 and they would get the same 281 HP electric unit powering the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT. Sold under the Eluminator nameplate, that’s a tempting offer for those who want to build proper restomods, mixing the old in with the new.
For the SEMA Show though, the F-100 Eluminator Concept brought forward a dual-motor configuration. That’s the same one used on the Mach-E GT Performance model and it turns this 43-year-old pickup truck into a car that will do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. With a combined power output of 480 HP and 634 lb-ft of torque, it’s easy to see how that kind of performance is doable.
Unfortunately, this setup is not for sale right now and you’ll have to make due with the 281 HP motor if you want to tackle a similar project. As for the battery, the same unit used on the Mach-E GT was installed, offering the F-100 Eluminator concept up to 88 kWh of energy stored within it.
As for the rest of the car, as you can see, a mix of old and new items were used in its making. Inside the cabin you’ll notice the same displays used on the modern-day Mach-E models, as well as the steering wheel, seats and center console. On the outside, the F-100 Eluminator concept rides on 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Latitude Sport tires, has a lowered suspension for a gnarly look and wears Avalanche Grey complimented by copper accents here and there. The car was done by MLe Racecars and the Roadster Shop.