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Last Post 02 Mar 2016 03:38 PM by  aaonms
EPA Is After Our Race Cars
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09 Feb 2016 09:30 AM


    -- SEMA to Oppose Action as Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers --

    Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”

    The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.

    “This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”

    SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.

    The EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.

    About SEMA
    SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $36 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,633 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit www.sema.org.


    New Member

    New Member

    12 Feb 2016 11:05 AM

    There has been a bunch of speculative misinformation in the enthusiast press about this.  By way of the miata.net forum, here's a summary by a lawyer hired by LeMons who actually did some research and read the proposed regulations:

    http://forum.miata.net/vb/showpost....t=24  (the "here" link brings up a .pdf copy of the letter)

    tl;dr - As a result, based on the statutory text and the legislative history, competition vehicle
    emissions have never fallen under the ambit of the EPA and the CAA, as amended. As discussed
    in the section below, the EPA shares this understanding and is seeking to end the emissions
    control exemption for competition motor vehicles such as the light-duty motor vehicles
    commonly used in motorsport.


    I hope the SCCA has a lobbyist or two...

    New Member

    New Member

    02 Mar 2016 03:38 PM
    From POLITICO: The EPA is also taking heat from amateur racers who say language in the proposal geared toward preventing tampering with emissions control systems would preclude them from transforming on-road motor vehicles into off-road race cars. The EPA says such tinkering has always been illegal and that the rule simply clarifies which vehicles can be modified in certain ways for racing.

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