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Richard Petty and artist Ed Tillrock of Petty’s Garage teamed up at the SEMA Show with Hector Butzmann, senior designer at Airde

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Richard Petty and artist Ed Tillrock of Petty’s Garage teamed up at the SEMA Show with Hector Butzmann, senior designer at Airdesign, to develop a custom vehicle.

Using the Alais Auto Studio Software, Butzmann helped Petty’s Garage to redesign a 2016 Dodge Challenger with the original front end from Petty’s No. 43 Superbird race car. 

Mike Spagnola, SEMA vice president of OEM and product development, asked Airdesign to coordinate its technology to help Jim Whaley, project leader at Petty’s Garage, on the vehicle. 

“With SEMA’s help, we secured 2016 Challenger front end data from Fiat Chrysler,” said Billy Longfellow, vice president of design and engineering for Air Design USA. “During the SEMA Show, Matt Cordato, vehicle product data specialist for SEMA, scanned the original Richard Petty No. 43.”

Petty’s Superbird recorded seven championships and 200 career wins.