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Dodge’s design chief wishes people would remove splitter guards – Hemming Daily Briefing

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Why the guy in charge of Dodge and SRT styling doesn’t like those yellow splitter guards you see on Hellcats, our own Richard Lentinello is signing his latest book at the Hershey Fall Meet, and a full-size 3D-printed Lamborghini.

“I wish they would take them off”

High-performance variants of the Dodge Charger and Challenger leave the factory with yellow plastic guards on the corners to protect from scuffs and scrapes during shipping. Those guards have since become a fashion item with owners leaving them on their cars. Some even add them back on. The trend has progressed to the point where rental cars come with them now (although that does make some practical sense). Whether this is good or bad is hotly contested on social media, and no doubt many a Mopar family has been torn apart from the controversy.

Mark Trostle, head of design for Dodge and SRT, came down solidly in the anti-shipping guard camp last Thursday in a YouTube interview with racer and journalist Brian Maske, saying “When we did the sketch for the Charger and Challenger, it never had yellow strips on it. I wish they would take them off.” Check out this story from Motor Authority for more details.

Hershey Book Signing

If you haven’t added a copy of Cadillac Style to your automotive library, then swing by the Hemmings booth in the Chocolate Field Friday afternoon, October 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., where Hemmings editor Richard Lentinello will be signing copies. This is the book that won the coveted 2019 Maurice Hendry Award for excellence in journalistic contributions. Each book is signed and numbered. If you can’t make it to Hershey, you can order a copy online at They make great Christmas gifts!

A homemade, 3D-printed Lamborghini

How do you copy a Lamborghini using a $900 3D printer? Very slowly. As Autoblog reports, “The front brake air intake alone is said to have taken 52 hours to complete.” There’s a whole lot more than just an air intake on the car now and, honestly, it’s pretty impressive. To learn more about this project and see videos of the build process, check out this story from Autoblog.