Friday, April 12, 2024

Ford Performance teases retrofitters with its electric crate motor

As the electric car segment continues to grow, more and more ways have emerged to electrify classic cars. Large manufacturers have offered for decades the famous crate engines, which are complete packages that allow retrofitters or converters to equip an existing chassis with a new drive. General Motors, for example, has developed Electric Connect and Cruise eCrate kit that offers the necessary hardware to electrify older cars.

Now Ford Performance is also joining the group as it has announced it will show an electric crate motor at the SEMA show this year. The company has given us the first glimpse of its electric crate motor, which will be called Eluminator, on Twitter. The name is very similar to the Aluminator name given to some of its aluminum V8 crate engines, with the “E” coming from electric, obviously.

Unfortunately, not many details have been revealed about the powertrain apart from a few computer-aided design images of the electric crate motor. The images show what the engine will look like, and one of them shows that the crate motor will be 570 mm (22.4 inches) long, which means it could practically fit any project car or truck.

At this point, several questions arise, such as what will be the power and torque offered, what type of battery pack it will be combined with, and above all, how much it will cost. Of course, Ford Performance will answer these questions and more at the SEMA Show scheduled for early November. However, the US carmaker said the new Eluminator crate motor will be available this fall.