Racing is something that’s happened since the beginning of time, when men had foot races chasing down animals just so they could eat. Then horses came around and people would race those to see who had the fastest one. Then the car came and imagine that, we did the same thing. Guys would sit around and tinker in garages all over the world trying to make that sweet car or badass truck just a little bit faster. Some people are even lucky enough to be able to do that for a living. But there are way more people that do it just for fun on the weekends, or just to know they have the baddest car or truck on the street.
The Environmental Protection Agency has recently submitted a proposal that would drastically affect all the small time racing, weekend warriors, everyday joes, and along with that, potentially all forms of racing cars in the US. It’s been reported that the proposal wants to make it illegal to modify your road-going car or truck and could even prohibit the sale of aftermarket products that interfere with emission control devices. Which is usually one of the first things that’s applied when attempting to increase power to a vehicle.
The exact wording of the document can be read Here, but I must warn you it’s over 1000 pages of absolute nonsense. But if you like that sort of thing, it can be found on page 862 at the bottom of the page. The way the just threw it in so non-chalantly is kind of frightening. Who could possible sit and go through those documents with a fine tooth comb?
EPA is proposing in 40 CFR 1037.601(a)(3) to clarify that the Clean Air Act does not allow any person to disable, remove, or render inoperative (i.e., tamper with) emission controls on a certified motor vehicle for purposes of competition. An existing provision in 40 CFR 1068.235 provides an exemption for nonroad engines converted for competition use. This provision reflects the explicit exclusion of engines used solely for competition from the CAA
Aftermarket parts is a multi-billion dollar industry, and at the front runners on that are the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA), most commonly known for their annual trade show of the best aftermarket products that money can buy for any and all kinds of motor racing. SEMA is not taking this lying down. President and CEO of SEMA, Chris Kersting said “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,” in his press release to the EPA regarding this issue.