Attention aspiring car designers. Fiat Chrysler’s Drive for Design contest is back.
The automaker is inviting U.S. high school students from 10th-12th grades to submit a design for a very special Dodge SRT Hellcat for the year 2025. Here’s the lowdown on what you need to know (or pass on to any high school whiz-kids who love cars.)
The rules are pretty straight-forward.
- Entrants have to be currently enrolled in high school in grades 10,11,12.
- Entries must be submitted by 12 am eastern on January 8th. (Our advice is not to wait until the last second though. The internet has a strange way of knowing the worst times to crash.)
- Entries can be submitted online on the Drive for Design contest website or submitted through snail mail to the FCA US Product Design Office in Auburn Hills, Michigan. You’ll find that address here.
If the chance to design a Hellcat isn’t motivation enough for you, there are some pretty cool prizes for the winners.
First place wins a MacBook Pro, a three-week summer automotive design course at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, three passes to the Detroit Autorama at Cobo Center in Detroit along with a stay in Auburn Hills, Michigan (flights, hotel, and rental car included), and dinner with FCA U.S. Design team members.
The winners will be announced on January 15th after a panel of lead designers from the FCA U.S. Product Design Office review each one. The award ceremony will take place on February 26th at the Cobo Center in Detroit. It will be part of the kick-off of the Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama.
“The Drive for Design contest exposes high school students to the potential of a career in automotive design. With this contest we’re able to connect with young talent and offer useful tools and opportunities to help develop their artistic skills,” says Trostle.
The contest began back 2013 in Detroit at the local level. It has since grown to the national scale. Follow #DriveForDesign on social media for all the latest contest news.