The four winners of FCA US LLC’s 2016 Drive for Design competition have been revealed. The contest invited high school students from across the U.S., particularly those in the 10th to 12th grade, to design the 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat. FCA US LLC Head of Dodge and SRT Design Mark Trostle said that the Drive for Design contest remains to be a good way for its design team to be able to connect with students interested in art and design.
He added that the company is always eager to see the creative perspective of the students and he hopes that this will encourage them to have a career in automotive design. The first place went to Ben Treinen of Archbishop Moeller High School from Cincinnati, Ohio.
The second placer is Harrison Kunselman, hailing from Mount de Sales Academy at Macon, Georgia. Taking third place is Hwanseong Jang of Bloomfield Hills High School at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Finally at fourth place is Andrew Gombac of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois.
The prizes will be awarded to the four winners on February 26 during the 64th Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama to be held at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The winning designs though will continue to be exhibited at the Detroit Autorama in the Mopar booth from February 26 to 28. The winners will receive Apple products, three passes to the Detroit Autorama, and a three-week summer course at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies.
The winners will also have the chance to stay in Auburn Hills for three days and two nights plus have dinner with the FCA US Design team members. The Drive for Design was started by the FCA US Product Design team as a way to teach young artists and urge them to consider a career in designing cars.
Drive for Design was originally held in Detroit but has since expanded and is now a national contest that honors talented students not just with the prize but also with a valuable chance to help them improve their skills when it comes to design.
The name FCA US LLC may be new but this North American automaker has in fact a long history as part of the industry. FCA US is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and is a part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.’s family of companies.
The company is in charge of designing, engineering, manufacturing, and selling vehicles under these brands: Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Jeep, and Ram. It is also the one in-charge SRT-designated performance vehicles. FCA US is also responsible for the distribution of Mopar products and the Alfa Romeo 4C model.
FCA is proud of having been built on the foundation of Chrysler, the American automaker established in 1925 by Walter P. Chrysler, and Fiat, the company started by pioneering entrepreneurs like Giovanni Agnelli back in1899 at Italy.