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Ford has put a Mustang Mach-E battery into this 1978 F-100 truck

Welcome to today’s must-have: an old Ford pickup with 480 electric horsepowers

Published: 03 Nov 2021
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The story here isn’t ‘Old Car Gets Electric Power’, but more an announcement that Ford is offering an electric crate motor that you can buy online.

However, when the demonstrator happens to be a 1978 F-100 pickup, the story is very much Old Car Gets Electric Power. It is called the F-100 Eluminator concept, and one suspects it has very much shot to the top of your ‘shut up and take my money’ list.

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The lovely old truck gets a pair of electric motors ‘shared’ with the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, driving the front and rear axles, matched to the Mach-E GT’s 88kWh battery. As such, there’s 480bhp and a whopping 634lb ft of torque on offer, which is… plenty. In the actual Human Mach-E GT, this setup is good for 0-62mph in 3.7secs.

Sadly it appears the crate motors you can actually buy for just $3,900 from Ford offer 281bhp and 317lb ft of torque, but the setup is applicable for “builders looking for a transverse-orientated powertrain”. Useful for replacing pretty much any ICE bar a straight-six, then. It’s also legal in all 50 states, unlike the A-Team.

Anyway, back to the truck. There’s a custom chassis, a cool grey paintjob, three-piece billet aluminium wheels, a billet aluminium dash inside featuring 2021's must-have - a giant touchscreen - and to every hipster’s delight, an “avocado-tanned leather upholstery”. Perhaps that's the real story here.

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