Enthusiasts feared electric cars would put an end to crate motors and customisations
Ford will offer the electric motor from the Mustang Mach-E GT as a crate engine through Ford Performance Parts
A 1,400-horsepower electric motor has been shown in concepts, paving the way for more powerful electric crate motors in the future
Enthusiasts had long thought that the popularity of electric cars would kill off the aftermarket customisation scene, but Ford has their backs.
Indeed, the company just announced it will be selling the electric motor found in the Performance Edition of the Mustang Mach-E GT as a crate motor available at dealers through the Ford Performance Parts catalogue.
This motor produces 281 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque on its own, but it can easily be combined with another unit to double the output. It is road legal in every US state.
Ford intends to add many parts to its offering that will make it easier to convert classic cars and homemade projects to electricity, such as battery packs, controllers and traction inverters.
This motor, called the Eluminator, is available at a cost of $3,900 in the United States and prices in Canada have not been announced.
This announcement came with the reveal of the Ford F-100 Eluminator concept, a 1978 Ford F-100 pickup that was restored and modified to be powered by two of the Eluminator motors, one on each axle, for a total power output of 480 horsepower and 634 lb-ft of torque.
Other concepts, like the Mustang Mach-E 1400 and the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 drag racer, are powered by a new electric motor that produces 1,400 horsepower. This motor is not available to purchase, but it shows that more powerful units are being developed and customers can expect to see some of them added to the Ford Performance Parts list in the future.