Will a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency really hinder your plans to turn your daily driver into a badass track-only machine? It will, officials from aftermarket trade association SEMA and the EPA itself confirmed to Jalopnik today. Here’s what all of this means. Last night SEMA announced a pending EPA rule that, in the interest of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, would “prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into race cars” and “make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal,” in their words. Naturally this sparked a wildfire of controversy in the tuning and racing communities. Suddenly the ability to participate in grassroots racing series like LeMons, Spec E30, AER and more seemed in doubt. But it wasn’t immediately clear, in the pages and pages of regulations and proposed red tape, what the rule change really meant. In truth SEMA’s contention has to do with the EPA’s “clarifying”—or changing, if you ask the association—of a longstanding provision in the Clean Air Act, which for decades pretty much ignored the emissions of non-street legal race cars. Competition-only vehicles were excluded before, but now the EPA is claiming authority over those kinds of vehicles,… Read full this story
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