FCA Announces 2016 Drive for Design Contest Winners

Drive for Design

Well, that was fast! Fiat Chrysler announced its new Drive for Design contest in December and we already have our winners.  Last month, high school students across the country submitted their designs of a 2025 model Dodge SRT Hellcat with hopes of winning some cool prizes.

A panel of judges whittled down over 130 entries. The panel consists of many FCA lead designers including Ralph Gilles, head of FCA global design; Joe Dehner, head of Ram Truck and Mopar design; and Mark Trostle, FCA US head of Dodge and SRT design.

So without further ado, here are the winning high school students:

  • First place – Ben Treinen, Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Second place – Harrison Kunselman, Mount de Sales Academy (Macon, Georgia)
  • Third place – Hwanseong Jang, Bloomfield Hills High School (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
  • Fourth place – Andrew Gombac, Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Illinois)

The first-place winning sketch for the FCA US Drive for Design c

Ben Treinen came in first with a ground hugging design.

It’s more curvy than the current model and features large front and side intakes. It gets a more fluid take of Dodge’s signature crosshair grille and offers four doors.

Hwanseon Jang came in third. He is a 17 year-old senior at Bloomfield Hills and plans to attend Detroit’s College for Creative Studies or California’s Art Center College of Design after graduation. “It’s just been my thing since five years old. I just love to draw cars,” Jang said.


All four winners will meet on February 26th when awards are handed out at the 64th annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama in Detroit.  The first place winner will take home a MacBook Pro and the second, third, and fourth place winners will receive an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.

There is more to this than just cool prizes, though. It’s also is an opportunity for networking and building a career in design. The winners will attend a dinner with FCA US Design team members, plus they’ll attend a three-week summer automotive design course at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

“The thing I was just blown away with this year was the level of entries and how good they were. The top four, we truthfully struggled which one was going to be the winner,” says FCA Head of Dodge SRT Design Mark Trostle. “It was very cool to see that there are those people out there that I always hope to reach that are passionate about cars and have the design and artistic ability to potentially become a car designer.”

We couldn’t agree more. Best of luck and congratulations to the four winners on their design journeys.


The second-place winning sketch for the FCA US Drive for Design

Drive for Design

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