Ford shocked SEMA 2021 with an all-electric restomod 1978 F-100 they have dubbed the “F-100 Eluminator” concept. It is no secret that Ford has high hopes for the upcoming 2022 F-150 Lightning, but with the F-100 Eluminator Ford shows what could be possible for future car customizers. The last few years have seen an explosion in love for these late 1970s Ford trucks across the automotive world. Many of these trucks end up with Ford Panther platform driveline transplants. But Ford moved into the future with an e-crate motor swap straight from the Mustang Mach-E GT parts bin.
Driving all four wheels the F-100 Eluminator uses two electric motors (one front, one rear) nestled in a custom chassis. Combined the two motors are good for 480 horsepower and 634 lb.-ft. of torque. Anyone who has driven an electric car knows that power delivery is near instant, so the F-100 Eluminator should be a rocket ship off the line. A custom interior features modern touches like a digital dash, gigantic center touchscreen display, and center console with dial shifter. The retro theme extends to the retained metal dashboard and plaid door cards. Black and tan bucket seats finish off the interior.
Outside the F-100 Eluminator strikes a stance that is nearly opposite its original work truck design. Exterior design tweaks are subtle with color keyed bumpers (chrome or black were pretty much the only option in 1978), updated headlights, clear signal lenses with colored bulbs, and aluminum three-piece wheels that even include “dog dish” hubcaps. The “fuel door” now lives in the driver’s side front fender and serves as the charging port.
While the F-100 Eluminator is purely a concept vehicle, Ford is working to make more electric powertrain components available to the aftermarket. The goal is an eventual turn-key electrification package much like their Ford Racing late model EFI crate engine programs.
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With an automotive writing career spanning over two decades, Brian has a passion for sharing the automotive lifestyle. An avid DIYer he can usually be found working on one of his many project cars. His current collection includes a 1969 Olds Delta 88 convertible and a slant-6 powered 1975 Plymouth Duster.