Ford caused quite a stir when it announced the Eluminator electric crate motor earlier this week. The package is slim: Just the 281 hp electric motor from the Mustang Mach E and a few key harnesses, with none of the batteries, control systems, or traction inverters necessary to build a complete car. But the price is slim, too. At $3900, it prices competitively with more traditional crate motors producing comparable power like the K20C1 from Honda’s Civic Type R.
And the Eluminator is already a hit. Ford Authority reports that the first wave of Eluminators has already sold out, even though Ford still does not actually offer the other core components necessary to actually put one in a functioning electric car. Those should be coming in the future as part of an expanded electric aftermarket support program, but the engine is already enticing enough that it has found a market without those plug-and-play solutions popping up on the market. This is not a limited edition product, so Ford will build more to meet market demands when it can.
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Ford showed the potential of what that aftermarket will eventually grow into with their F-100 Eluminator concept, which was revealed alongside the motors earlier this week. That truck is an electric conversion of a 1978 F100 with two of the crate motors, combining to produce 480 hp and 634 lb-ft of torque. Ford says that those with the right tools and components can stack the crate motors the same way themselves to produce the same numbers in their own cars.
Via the Drive.
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