The legal red tape has now been cleared by the relevant authorities.
Some iconic American cars with a rich motorsport history are set to be reintroduced to the market as replicas via the new Low Volume Manufacturer's Act whereby these vehicles will comply with new rules by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Both Superformance and Shelby Legendary Cars will be working together on the project to recreate turn-key examples of the Ford GT40, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, and Shelby Cobra.
For enthusiasts, this act comes as a saving grace as the automotive world pushes towards an advanced sphere of electromobility and autonomy. With this program, consumers can purchase driver-focused products that appeal to the classical age of driving driven by fuel and free of too many driver-assistance systems. Granted, a modern Chevrolet Corvette C8 has its merits, but there's nothing quite like being at the wheel of a track-derived C2.
The Low Volume Manufacturer's Act was an initiative led by SEMA that allows custom car makers to produce special products in small numbers. The law was passed by Congress in 2015 under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. The EPA released its guidelines for the engine package installation in 2019 together with the California Air Resources Board's regulation for producing compliant powertrains.
Deputy Administrator Steve Cliff signed the final rule of the act which has now been published by NHTSA. This powertrain act states that cars produced today must either bear an electric drive system or an internal combustion engine that adheres to the current emissions standards. Cars that are recreated have to be at least 25 years of age.
Together with Shelby Legendary Cars, Superformance will now be able to sell its cars as licensed Shelby products. This is backed by an authentic serial number that will be listed in the Shelby American Worldwide Registry. Alongside this project, Superformance will continue to sell fully built cars or rolling chassis with the choice of modern or classic powertrains.
CEO of Superformance Lance Stander says, "While the legislation was moving through the rulemaking process at NHTSA and the EPA, we designed processes and vehicles that we believe will comply with all regulations. With all the rules now issued, we'll collaborate with SEMA, engine suppliers and regulators to ensure that our exciting vehicles fit within their framework. Our goal is to sell compliant cars by the end of the year."
"We appreciate SEMA's herculean efforts to enact this critical legislation," said Stander. "Soon enthusiasts will be able to walk into a showroom and drive away in the Superformance or Shelby car of their dreams."