The 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat Will Be Designed By...High School Kids?!


Come again?

At the moment, we honestly don’t know what’s happening with the Dodge Challenger’s eventual replacement. Will it be that long rumored reborn Barracuda? Wouldn’t it make more sense to continue with the Challenger name and brand? It’s all speculation at the moment, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), without question, has a plan in the works. In the meantime, the automaker is apparently looking for its future designers, and has such announced details of a design contest. The objective? To design the 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat.

“The Drive for Design contest,” according to the head of Dodge and SRT Design, Mark Trostle, “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.” The contest is open for US high school students in grades 10-12. The submission deadline is January 8, 2016 and a total of four winners will be chosen. First prize receives an Apple MacBook Pro, a three-week summer automotive design course at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, three passes to the Detroit Autorama, a three-day/two-night stay in Auburn Hills and dinner with FCA designers.

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The three runners up will receive all of the above as well, except for the MacBook Pro; they’ll get an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. The next-gen Hellcat, huh? Sure as hell beats designing the next $16,495 Dodge Dart entry-level whatever sedan.

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