Electric performance is very real. The major brands are exploring electric drag specials, with examples like the Chevrolet eCOPO concept and the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype. Where the drag racers go, the hot rod and restomod crowd go as well. That’s why it’s no surprise at all that General Motors showed off an electric crate motor (actually, an entire Bolt EV powertrain sold as a crate kit) called the Electric Connect and Cruise package last year. And it’s why Ford is going to pull the wraps off its new crate e-motor at SEMA.
Ford Performance calls it the Eluminator. Details are sparse, but the e-motor is 22.4 inches in its longest dimension, according to an image shared by Ford Performance on Twitter. It’s not clear at this moment if it’s an e-motor that Ford is currently using in any of its electric or electrified models and adapted for crate motor duty, or if it’s something bespoke for transplantation into a vehicle of your choice.
Nor is it clear if the package will include the battery, charger, and all the necessary controllers. If Chevrolet’s Blazer-E restomod is any indication, further changes may be required to fully implement a conversion like this. That big SUV adopted electric power steering, an electric brake booster, and an adapter for the gauge cluster to play nice with the transplanted Bolt powertrain.
It’s not just the big players that are exploring kits like this. Lots of places have been doing EV conversions for years, and Tesla parts have become especially popular of late. Venerable EV converter EV West’s Revolt Systems is an aftermarket crate motor setup based on Tesla parts, using a tuned Tesla motor good for a claimed 533 hp and more than 800 lb-ft of torque. Others are doing similar things with various vintage vehicles, like the ECD EV conversion of the Land Rover Range Rover Classic we sampled recently.
We’re eager to learn more about this crate motor at SEMA this fall, and we’re hoping that Ford Performance reveals it in a sweet build that shows off the possibilities of an e-motor transplant. An electric motor conversion won’t be right for every classic car or rod, however, we’re certain there are Ford fanatics out there who will appreciate an electric powertrain option from Ford Performance for their muscle machine.
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