Ford F-100 Eluminator electromod gets outside for a test drive
Many visitors of last year’s SEMA show remembered the stylish and powerful Ford F-100 pickup converted into an EV thanks to Mustang Mach-E donor parts. If you were intrigued about its actual performance and driving experience, here is a great 10-minute video to watch.
Spec-wise, the light grey truck is quite adequately equipped with dual electric motors driving its wheels with 487 PS (480 hp / 358 kW) and 860 Nm (634 lb-ft) of torque. The Ford Mustang Mach-E needs only 3.5 seconds to hit 96 km/h (60 mph) with the same tech, and the Eluminator looks like it needs around four seconds, which is great.
What is less great is the cabin. The idea to transplant Mach-E seats, dashboard and steering wheel into an old truck cab was undeniably clever, and many of us felt like it could offer a modern level of driving comfort, too.
The reality proved different, however, The driver found that the seats were installed too close to the wheel, to an extent where he could accidentally touch the wheel with his knees. The visibility wasn’t great, and the steering wheel was obscuring the digital dash screen.
Ford said it was not interested in building restomods like this one, but making your own one – and getting it right this time – should pose no particular challenge. The company sells Mach-E motors at around $4,100 apiece, although you will also have to source a battery and electronics from a vendor that has them in stock.
Editor Andrew Raspopov
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