Low-volume vehicle manufacturers have benefitted from a new NHTSA ruling.
Just yesterday, we reported on the long-awaited news that low-volume motor vehicle manufacturers would finally be able to sell turnkey replica cars based on vehicles that were produced at least 25 years ago. The news follows updated rules by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). Superformance is one such company that stands to benefit.
The Irvine, California-based company has spearheaded ambitious projects like an all-electric Shelby Cobra. Now, following the NHTSA's rule change, Superformance intends to deliver its own compliant versions of cars like the Ford GT40 and classic Corvette Grand Sport.
Until the NHTSA came to the party this year, Superformance had offered several high-performance cars but these were sold as a rolling chassis without an engine or transmission. It was then up to the buyer to buy and install the drivetrain. While this option will still be offered, prospective customers who don't want to go through this process would now be able to buy a turnkey replica car.
"Now that the rules have been issued, we are fast-tracking our plans to sell replica cars that enthusiasts have clamored to own," said Lance Stander, CEO of Superformance. "We'll work closely with SEMA, engine suppliers, and Federal regulators to ensure that we offer exciting vehicles within their framework."
According to Stander, Superformance's goal is to deliver completed and compliant vehicles before the end of the year. The final step in the process is for the regulation to be officially published in the Federal Register. Other turnkey replicas in the pipeline include Shelby Cobra Mk II and Mk III Roadsters.
You only need to look at some of Superformance's prior Shelby Cobra creations like this MKIII-R to appreciate the quality of the company's work. Compliant vehicles from low-volume motor vehicle manufacturers will need to meet current emissions standards, while up to 325 replica cars can be built annually. The same NHTSA ruling will benefit the modern DeLorean Motor Company.