Protect Our Right To Race

by | Mar 23, 2021

It seems like the EPA wants to ban racecars. Tell congress to pass the RPM Act—Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act.

According to the EPA, Street vehicles—cars, trucks, and motorcycles—can’t be converted into racecars. They announced that enforcement against high performance parts, including superchargers, tuners, and exhaust systems, is a top priority.

The RPM Act is bi-partisan legislation that is designed to protect Americans’ right to convert street vehicles into dedicated racecars and the motorsports-parts industry’s ability to sell products that enable racers to compete. The bill clarifies that it is legal to make emissions-related changes to a street vehicle for the purpose of converting it into a racecar that is used exclusively in competition. It also confirms that it is legal to produce, market and install racing equipment.

This tradition was unquestioned for nearly 50 years until 2015 when the EPA took the position that converted vehicles must remain emissions-compliant, even though they are no longer driven on public streets or highways. Although the EPA did not finalize that proposed rule, the agency still maintains the practice of modifying the emission system of a motor vehicle for the purpose of converting it for racing is illegal. Manufacturing, selling and installing race parts for the converted vehicle would be a violation. While California is known for having the strictest emissions laws in the country, the state exempts racing vehicles from regulation.

Motorsports competition involves tens of thousands of participants and vehicle owners each year, both amateur and professional. Retail sales of racing products make up a nearly $2 billion market annually. Most of the vehicles raced on the estimated 1,300 racetracks operating across the U.S. are converted street vehicles that the EPA considers to be illegal.

Please note that the RPM Act does not interfere with the EPA’s authority to enforce against individuals who illegally install race parts on vehicles that are driven on public roads and highways and the companies that market such products. And tampering with the emissions system of a motor vehicle used on public roads is a clear violation of the Clean Air Act.

The RPM Act will provide the racing community with certainty and confidence in the face of an EPA interpretation of the Clean Air Act that threatens to devastate an American pastime and eliminate jobs in our communities.

Tell the bureaucrats in Washington that racecars are off limits! Click here.

Thanks to SEMA for providing this information,