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FORD ELUMINATOR: NOT A V8, BUT AN ACTUAL CRATE MOTOR

Ford Teased A Drop-In Solution To Electrify Vintage Vehicles

EV Ford Eluminator
Via. Ford Performance

As the EV world has headed into mainstream attention, we’re seeing more and more forward-thinking and availability for dreaming customizers. Now Ford is getting ready to provide those dreamers with a new EV create motor called the Ford Eluminator. This new creation from Ford is supposed to be a “plug-and-play” upgrade for EV enthusiasts, but not a whole lot of information is out there right now.

Ford Performance fans should get the Eluminator naming pun, as an Aluminator 5.2L V8 52XS crate engine also exists in the catalog.

While full details are not yet available, here’s what’s been teased: the Ford Eluminator crate motor is it is expected to produce 281 horsepower and 318 lb-ft of torque. The price tag is excepted to be around $3,900, which doesn’t sound like such a bad price, but that doesn’t include the traction converter or the necessary battery pack to power it. Battery packs are also hellaciously expensive, too, so the total price of the whole package is bound to be serious money.

Chevrolet K5 Blazer Electric SEMA 2020 SEMA360
Image via Chevrolet.

 

Ford Eluminator Crate Motor Should Fit Anywhere, But…

The Ford Eluminator create motor will come in a packaged size of 570 mm long, 340 wide, and 370 tall. If you want something to compare that to, say, a small-block Chevy V8, which measures 747 mm x 510 mm x 599 mm according to Hagerty. But again, we have the packaging of the battery pack to consider.

Chevrolet has already announced a crate battery and motor powertrain last year during SEMA360, but details since the original debut have been scant. Vehicles used to show off the concept have been full-size vehicles like C-10 pickup trucks and K5 Blazer SUVs, where the battery pack lays flat like a stack of plywood, foregoing any practical usage in the truck bed or the second row of seats the vehicles originally had. Needless to say, the battery electric crate motor concept has some tradeoffs.

Ford is expected to detail a lot more information about their Ford Eluminator crate motor at the 2021 SEMA show in early November.

Chevrolet E-10 Concept SEMA 2019 electric crate motor connect and cruise
Chevrolet’s E-10 Concept. The Battery pack is stored in the truck bed. Image via Chevrolet.

Written by Brian H.

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