You’ve probably seen more than your fair share of online pleas to help the RPM (Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports) Act, a bill introduced in 2016 that experienced a massive show of support this year thanks to the work of YouTube and social media influencers, various aftermarket brands, and dedicated enthusiasts. Well, all of that fuss resulted in a short-term win for the aftermarket industry, but it’s far from over.
In 2016, the RPM Act was introduced to combat the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mission to enforce the Clean Air Act within the motorsport’s realm by banning the act of converting street vehicles into race-only vehicles. And yes, that includes vehicles that would never see street time and would be transported to and from competition sites by trailer.
Now you may be thinking “well, that’s a shame, but I wouldn’t do that anyway.” Understandable, but keep in mind that the aftermarket survives on the enthusiast community as a whole, not only the dedicated motorsports crowd. If the only cars at the track will be custom, built-from-scratch competition vehicles that don’t at all resemble your Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, etc. (not to mention the EPA’s efforts to ban converting street cars to competition use and even the production, sale, and installation of performance parts), there simply wouldn’t be much of a customer base to cater to. The domino effect would take a huge bite out of the entire aftermarket industry including non-race parts that countless car owners rely on for simple vehicle personalization. Economically, the change would be dramatic, putting an end to a $2 billion per year industry. For the full story and link to support this act, check out this article from Motor Trend.