EPA to Ban Roadcar to Motorsport ConversionPosted by: Lydia Siu onFebruary 9th, 2016
In an effort to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set its target on prohibiting street cars to be converted into race cars for motorsport purposes. Current EPA guidelines exclude vehicles that are used for the sole purpose of on track racing from emission standards that were established for everyday road going vehicles.
If the proposed regulations should pass, it will be an enormous impact to both the motor racing industry and the aftermarket industry as a whole. The Speciality Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) CEO Chris Kersting stated “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. 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.”