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Old 08-19-2005, 04:22 PM   #1
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I was reading in a magazine about a car that has 880 HP but "sadly isn't street legal." What makes a car ineligible to be street legal?

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Old 08-19-2005, 04:34 PM   #2
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Depends on the streets you drive. In the US it will have to meet crash standards among other things. When they build these supercars it gets a bit costly to start crashing them to find their rating.

In other parts of the world where regulations are not as strict that car may be completely legal.
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Old 08-19-2005, 04:34 PM   #3
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The 880hp has nothing to do with it being street legal. There are plenty of 1000+hp Toyota Supra's that are completely street legal. Sometimes when people build monster motors they end up removing vital things like bumpers and safety equipment, legal headlamps, smog equipment, etc. But, yeah, there's not limit on street legal hp.
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Old 08-19-2005, 04:54 PM   #4
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Also, there are differnces in federal regulations for a new car from a factory to be "street legal" in order to be certified for sale, and local and state regulations for a car to pass inspections or meet equipment/emissions laws.

For example, a manufacturer has to meet certain crash standards for side intrusion, etc, but that doesn't mean that older cars or modded cars have to meet that rule. (i.e. you could in fact remove your airbags and side intrusion beams and still be completely street legal, but a car can't be BUILT that way now by a major manufacturer and be street legal)

In some states, you can take a new car, and put in a highly modified older engine and remove the catalytic converteers, and be street legal. in others, the engine has to be the same year of the car or newer with all the emissions controls it had when new in order to be street legal. In some states this car is completly street legal:

And in others it isn't.
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Old 08-23-2005, 02:38 AM   #5
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if your car sits to low or too high it could not be street legal...alot of street legal stuff depends on your local laws
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