FCA US Product Design Office Kicks Off Fifth Annual 2017 ‘Drive for Design’ Contest

The FCA US Product Design Office is looking for aspiring young artists with a passion for automotive design to gear up and participate in the 2017 “Drive for Design” contest.

Returning for the fifth consecutive year, the 2017 Drive for Design contest challenges all U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design a Dodge vehicle 30 years in the future. The FCA design team is proud to partner with EyesOn Design and Lawrence Technological University for this year’s contest.

“Five years ago, we created Drive for Design to connect with young art students and make them aware of careers in automotive design,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design, FCA – North America. “This year, we are joined by Lawrence Technological University and EyesOn Design, both locally based organizations that share our passion to excite, educate and inspire students.”

EyesOn Design focuses on the automotive community and students coming together to commemorate, reflect and appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of vehicle design. 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. This year’s event goes hand-in-hand with the Drive for Design contest as each focuses on “30 years in the future.”

In addition, the FCA US Product Design Office is partnering with Lawrence Technological University (LTU), a private university that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. LTU is offering a $50,000 scholarship award and a two-week summer automotive design course to contest winners.

Just like the real world of automotive design, Drive for Design entrants face a challenging deadline. Entries must be submitted by April. 28, 2017, via www.fcadrivefordesign.com.

Three winners will receive the following prizes.

First 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

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