FCA’s “Drive for Design” Contest Encourages High School Kids to Try Out Car Design

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2016 Drive For Design

Winners will net some great prizes including a trip, Apple products and time with FCA’s car designers.

All that idle doodling and dreaming that teenagers tend to do, especially when they are supposed to be learning Shakespearean prose, might find a real-world reward: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has kicked off their 2016 Drive for Design contest which gives high school kids interested in car design a chance to win great prizes for their work. The contest was first launched in 2013 and encourages kids to imagine future cars. This year, the contest calls for designs of a 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat.

Open to U.S. high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12, students have a month to come up with a design. There are no prerequisites, no requirements beyond being in the specified grades in a U.S. high school. Any kid can set pencil to paper and sketch out their vision for a 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat.

Prizes include the opportunity to attend a 3-week summer car design course at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, passes to Autorama at Cobo Center in Detroit, a 3-day/2-night stay in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and dinner with FCA US Design team members. There’s also a MacBook Pro for the first place winner and iPad Pros for second through fourth place winners.

Last year’s winners came up with incredible designs that looked like they could have been torn right from a futuristic drawing board. Think you can top them this year?

Last Year'S Winning Sketch By Joshua Blundo In Fca'S Drive To Design Contest

Last year’s winning sketch by Joshua Blundo in FCA’s Drive to Design car design contest

The #DriveForDesign website has all the details on prizes and entry requirements as well as a countdown clock. This contest is only open through January 8, so if you think you’ve got what it takes to make it in the world of automotive design, don’t wait. Your design for the future might win you some very cool prizes today.

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