ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS: The 2017 Drive For Design Contest is OPEN

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The Drive For Design contest is back for 2017, and it’s challenging sophomores, juniors and seniors to come up with a design for a Dodge vehicle 30 years in the future.

The first-place winning sketch for FCA US Drive for Design 2016, designed by Ben Treinen of Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

30 years in the future might seem far off, but automotive designers and engineers are working on designs and technologies right now that will appear in that timeframe.

Today’s Dodges are modern cars, but are significantly influenced by the cars of the past, SRT’s head of design Mark Trostle told us last year. “They’re a throwback to the 1960s,” he says. “They’re icons for Dodge. They’re modern nostalgia, but I’m really interested in what a 17 year old thinks,” rather than someone who was steeped in the cars of the 1960s.

Last year, the contest grew to include high school students from around the country, and the response was significantly higher. “It’s getting more and more exposure,” Trostle said. “It’s gratifying to see the passion for cars and the artistic talent that delivered those entries.”

For 2015, Joshua Blundo, a high school senior from Moultonborough, New Hampshire, won the contest, and he’s currently enrolled at the College for Creative Studies. “I want to hire him,” said Trostle, who sees the contest as a kind of farm team for aspiring automotive designers.

If you, your students or your kids are interested in what it takes to win a contest like this, Trostle spent some time with us and gave his advice to students readying their entries.

The contest is open to high school students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade. The contest entry deadline is April 28, 2017, via FCADriveForDesign.com. Students may also mail their entry to the FCA US Product Design Office in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Winners will receive their awards on Friday, June 16 at the organization’s “Vision Honored” Black Tie and Silent Auction, an annual event that kicks off the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition that takes place each Father’s Day weekend at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

There are real prizes on the line for the four winners of the contest.

Three winners will receive the following prizes:

FFirst place:

  • $50,000 *scholarship to Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan (must meet college entry requirements)
  • Two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University (includes housing, meals and field trips)
  • Three passes to the EyesOn Design Vision Honored Black Tie and Silent Auction, along with FCA design team members
  • Three passes to the  EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
  • Three-day/two-night stay in Michigan (includes flight, hotel and rental car)
  • An Apple MacBook Pro

*Scholarship awarded by Lawrence Technological University available only to student who is currently a junior and must be admitted to LTU for Fall 2018.

Second and third places:

  • Two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University (includes housing, meals and field trips)
  • Three passes to the EyesOn Design Vision Honored Black Tie and Silent Auction, along with FCA design team members
  • Three passes to the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition in Grosse Pointe Shores
  • Three-day/two-night stay in Michigan  (includes flight, hotel and rental car)
  • An Apple iPad and Apple Pencil

Contest rules and information are available at www.fcadrivefordesign.com. Updates will be posted on the FCA US Facebook page at facebook.com/FiatChrysler.NorthAmerica, Twitter @FiatChrysler_NA and Instagram @FiatChrysler_NA, using the hashtag #DriveForDesign.

 

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Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

Writer, editor, lousy guitar player, dad. Content Marketing and Publication Manager at BestRide.com.