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Old 02-13-2016, 04:02 PM   #1
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There is a proposed regulation put forth by the EPA that would prohibit the conversion of production cars into race cars as well as the sales of equipment to do so. This regulation is conveniently tucked into the seemingly unrelated "Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2" regulation.

This means that converting sports cars, sedans, hatches, and pretty much every vehicle that have commonly been used for track-day-only duties would be illegal. Yes, you read that right, it would be illegal. This takes the Clean Air Act to a completely different level. The Clean Air Act puts the kibosh on certain modifications if the driver wants to continue to drive them on the streets, but does not extend to those track day only vehicles.

It is not clear what vehicles would be allowed to be converted to track cars. Perhaps they mean that only special construction cars would be allowed to be used on tracks around the nation. Is the EPA looking to put an end to the race car and track day culture?

How much damage to the environment is a handful of drivers doing on the weekends compared to those that drive 80+ miles during their daily commute?

Check out the stand that SEMA is making in their press release below:

"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.

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I wish everyone would go here and sign it , Its BS for sure

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this is getting more public. more people should be following this especially those of us that like to race our production classes
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thanks for bringing this to our attention! The link didn't work for me, but if you search EPA in the change.org website it does bring you too it is the first thing i found. Looks like still at 44k people and needs a little over 5k more. Unless there is another petition floating around i missed. This would definitely be devastating if it were to happen! i have only begun my car modding lifestyle and would be so sad to have it stripped away.
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I'll ask in this one also,

Someone provide me with a direct quote of where the proposal states ANYTHING about race cars, light duty vehicles or the like being affected in ANY way.

I skimmed the 972 page proposal and found nothing.
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...This means that converting sports cars, sedans, hatches, and pretty much every vehicle that have commonly been used for track-day-only duties would be illegal. Yes, you read that right, it would be illegal...

...It is not clear what vehicles would be allowed to be converted to track cars. Perhaps they mean that only special construction cars would be allowed to be used on tracks around the nation. Is the EPA looking to put an end to the race car and track day culture?...
Regardless of what other logical and valid complaints you and/or I might have against the alleged details within this proposal, there is absolutely nothing stated thus far that would actually prohibit the "conversion" or use of production based cars for dedicated competition purposes, so long as they remain (or are converted back to being) compliant with all emissions controls and devices. So please let the legitimate arguments be made and stand on their own merits, without unnecessary exaggeration, rather than helping spread the blatantly false alarmist propaganda that's being put out there by certain organizations that only serve to benefit from the ensuing frenzy.
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