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18 THE SHOP APRIL 2019 will want this stuff on vintage cars; but, on the flip side, they're going to want the ability to shut it off for performance." While the performance aftermarket con- tinues to work to understand exactly what, if any, modifications can be done legally to such systems, Rob Simons of Edelbrock doesn't expect a lot of cooperation from the carmakers. "Because this is a safety-related issue, the OEMs are going to look down on these efforts to a much greater degree," he predicts. ADAS is also prominently on the radar of the Specialty Equipment Market Asso- ciation. Mike Spagnola of SEMA Garage says the association is dedicated to under- standing the products from all points of view and then sharing its findings with the industry. "It's the Wild West out there right now in the OE market. Because this is new tech- nology, different OEMs are going about it differently," he explains. A lack of standardization for test pro- cedures, for instance, means shops cur- rently need to have equipment for nearly every vehicle make and model. And while industry standards will likely emerge in the future, it means a steep learning curve today for shops tackling this important technology that's here to stay. "I believe the next generation will demand (ADAS). It's going to affect your business," Spagnola predicts. CLEARING THE AIR Of all the challenges facing the perfor- mance aftermarket, and particularly street performance, the ongoing issues caused by air- and fuel-related products that make vehicles non-emissions compliant may be the most prevalent. "We've spent a staggering amount of time dedicated to this topic," Simons reveals. "It seems to be increasing, but it's not all doom and gloom." While Weckerly reports that many emis- sions regulations haven't changed since the 1970s, enforcement of those regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board is on the riseā€”or at least appears to be. There's a certain amount of uncertainty particularly related to liability, as the pan- elists pointed to stories of enforcement efforts at the manufacturer, distributor and installer/shop levels. "It comes forward and back," Miller notes. Some of that uncertainty stems from the manufacturers' ability to offer race-only products for competition applications. The question becomes who's ultimately respon- sible if those parts end up on the street. Moderated by Alan Reinhart of NHRA and Fox Sports, The Future of the Performance Landscape panel discussion at the PRI Show in Indianapolis predicted busy times ahead for the industry. The prominence of ADAS on newer vehicles is challenging aftermarket manufacturers, but companies like AEM Performance Electronics are finding ways to work harmoniously with the systems to deliver performance and data solutions. (Photo courtesy AEM) The number of next-gen gearheads is growing, thanks to an enthusiast culture being passed on from generation to generation, youth-ori- ented motorsports like drifting, and virtual car customization that is popular in videogames. (Photo courtesy AEM) While emissions regulations are a hot industry topic, the right for grassroots racers to modify production vehicles for track-only use remains in jeopardy until the RPM Act is signed into law. (Photo courtesy AEM) PERFORMANCE VIEWING THE LANDSCAPE Younger drivers fueling resto-mod demand:

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