And waiting to fill an engine bay.
Americans love a good crate motor. It eliminates the risk of buying a dodgy import motor with an unknown amount of miles on it, it comes with a ton of available parts, official support, and it's a no-brainer for those who want reliable power. The world of the crate motor is starting to turn upside down with the introduction of electric crate motors, and we think Ford has hit the nail on the head with its Eluminator E-Crate Motor. This electric powertrain was introduced late last year and proved to be so popular that it sold out in only a few months. The good news is that it's back.
The Eluminator can once again be purchased directly from Ford Performance for the tidy sum of $4,095. This transverse electric motor is borrowed from the highly popular Ford Mustang Mach-E and packs a 281 horsepower, 317 lb-ft punch at a maximum speed of 13,800 rpm and features a 9.05:1 gear ratio. The entire package weighs just 205 pounds and measures 22.5 inches wide, making it perfect for engine swaps where there's not a lot of room to work with.
The Eluminator package first made headlines when Ford used two of these spicy motors in a 1978 F-100 pickup truck, resulting in 480 hp. At just under $4,100, the Eluminator has seen a price increase of about $200 since it was last offered.
Those interested should note that buying the Eluminator powertrain is just one piece of the puzzle: you'll still have to buy a traction inverter, a battery pack, and a control system to complete your swap. That sounds like a reasonable list when you consider all the parts required to do a standard ICE engine swap. The world of EV swaps has only just begun and we're already seeing some potent classic cars running EV powertrains. With time, these setups will become cheaper, more efficient, and definitely more powerful. We can't wait to see what Ford, and the rest of the industry, offers next.