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Dodge Challenges High School Students to Design 2025 SRT Hellcat

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2016 FCA US Drive for Design Contest

Every year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles challenges high school students across the country to design the next big vehicle from the Italian-American carmaker, and this year is no exception. The FCA US Drive for Design Contest has officially invited students in grades 10-12 to design a Dodge SRT Hellcat for the year 2025—and, I doubt these entries will be mere crayon doodles.

Through this contest, Fiat Chrysler hopes to expose high school students across the country to a potential career in automotive design. This is the fourth year in a row this design contest has reached out to high school students, growing from a Detroit-area contest to a nationwide one.

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The judging panel for this contest includes lead designers from the FCA US Product Design Office, such as Ralph Gilles, Head of Design for FCA Global; Joe Dehner, Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Design; and Mark Trostle, Head of Dodge and SRT Design.

There will be four winners total with one first place winner. The first place winner will win the following:

  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • 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
  • Three-day/two-night stay in Auburn Hills, Michigan (includes flights, hotel, and rental car)
  • Dinner with FCA US Design team members

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The other top four finishers will also receive pretty much the same prizes as the first-place winner, but will instead receive an Apple iPad Pro with Apple Pencil instead of the Apple MacBook Pro.

Contestants must submit a design by January 8, 2016. If you or someone you know would be interested in entering the 2016 Drive for Design contest, visit for more information. Students can also mail in their entries to the FCA US Product Design Office in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran has somehow found herself settled in Edinburgh, Scotland. When she’s not spending her days trying to remember which side of the road to drive on, Caitlin enjoys getting down and nerdy with English. She continues to combine her love of writing with her love of cars for The News Wheel, while also learning more about the European car market—including the fact that the Seat brand is pronounced “se-at” not “seat” as you might think. See more articles by Caitlin.