Kyle D;484930 the replicas are also subject to a license agreement for the intellectual property rights said:The manufacturer will need to license the IP. Superformance has done so with the "Cobras" via Shelby, the GT40 via Safir and the Grand Sport via GM. Of course something like the Cheetah will not require a license as the original manufacturer is no longer extant.
Actually everyone keeps saying the GM LS is "the only certified engine" but that is not the case. It is the only complete CRATE engine however call up Ford Power Products and ask for a Mustang "chassis drop" and you will get what you need. Granted Ford has not engineered a crate type of setup, but what you need for an EPA certified "piggyback" certification is available.But.....any of the above cars will only be able to be built s turn key cars with a full EPA legal engines...the only engine package that meets this currently is the LS3 E rod...and it means no bundle of snakes exhaust either...only the as supplied approved exhaust with cats...
The paperwork needed to be a registered turnkey builder is quite intensive too and big brother can come calling anytime...
So while it looks like a good thing in the first instance, its actually very restrictive and wont really make much difference in our world of replicas for the discerning connoisseur.
Fran,The engine has to be provided with full epa paperwork from the manufacturer
I just had dinner with a Ford engineer and didn't think the Ford package was.
Regardless do you want a coyote in your period correct GT?
While I do agree with you that the US may be easier in some respects as opposed to some countries, we have the national laws, and then we have rules state by state. What flies in one state will get you denied in another. It can be a crazy hodgepodge for home constructors, and good luck when you move to another state that has tougher rules and suddenly your car can no longer be licensed until you make it meet that states rules. In my state, whatever engine I use must have on all the emission equipment and meet all the emissions rules for that year it was manufactured, I can't just toss in an engine from an engine builder with aftermarket systems installed.Personally I think you were better off with what you had, this new legislation is the crack in the door for more rules etc as they see fit. You guys in the USA really don't realise how easy you have it and should be doing your utmost to preserve the status quo, a wheel can fall off a Honda Civic & nobody will even notice, have one fall off a car like any replica and it will be on the evening news with pic's, just another nail in the coffin so to speak for your hobby.
Is that recent? At least for the the BAC Mono, Sector111 say:BAC mono and Radical RXC are street legal in the US. And there are a few currently licensed.
That could well be them covering themselves though.http://www.sector111.com/parts/track/sector111-art-car-specs/bac-mono.cfm/ said:Sold as Track Use only
I stand by my original statement, as purchased they are not street legal in the USA. They have no DOT approved equipment such as windshields, lights, safety belts, etc. Can you make them street legal? Probably, but expect to shell out quite a bit of money to do it. Also, do not try to import them as anything but a racecar. If you attempt to try to import them as a streetcar, expect huge piles of paperwork to satisfy the EPA and every other government agency before they will release the car to you.BAC mono and Radical RXC are street legal in the US. And there are a few currently licensed.
The "only GM has a compliant powertrain" thing is WRONG!!! Only GM sells a RETAIL crate engine that INCLUDES the pieces needed to be EPA compliant. HOWEVER Ford Power Products (NOT "Ford Racing") sells to OEMs a compliant "chassis drop" setup that can be used by a manufacturer for installation to create an EPA certified vehicle.I can see new morgan 4 wheelers again with ford powertrains.
Maybe some cobras, if its emissions compliant will the buyer care if its a Gm engine.