Stellantis, one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, is continuing its annual tradition of empowering high school students to design the future of the automotive industry with its Drive for Design contest. This year marks the 11th consecutive year of the competition, which challenges students in grades 10 through 12 to sketch innovative designs for the next-generation Ram electric truck.
The demand for electric vehicles is increasing, making it more important than ever to inspire fresh ideas about the future of electric trucks. With the Drive for Design contest, Stellantis aims to encourage and inspire students to connect their creativity to the automotive industry and highlight the many opportunities available in automotive design.
The contest is powered by the passion of Mark Trostle, Vice President of Ram Truck and Mopar Design, who won one of the program’s early iterations as a high schooler in 1987. According to Trostle, participating in the contest gave him the confidence to pursue a career in automotive design. Now, he hopes to help students find the same connection between their creativity and the automotive industry.
All entries must be submitted by April 21st, 2023, and one grand prize winner and two additional finalists will be selected from all valid entries received. The grand prize winner will have an incredible opportunity to work as an intern (if eligible) in the Ram Truck Exterior Design Studio this summer. In addition, they will also receive a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 tablet and have their winning sketch featured on Stellantis’ social media platforms.
Prizes for the second- and third-place finishers include an Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, a Virtual Day of Design portfolio review with members of the Stellantis Design Team, and a scholarship to College for Creative Studies’ four-week summer program, VisCom 1.
To learn about careers in automotive design, students, teachers, and parents can follow the Stellantis North America social media channels. Weekly contest updates and the content will be posted every Tuesday and Thursday with the hashtag #DriveForDesign.
For detailed contest rules, information on how to submit sketches, and free resources for students of all ages, visit www.StellantisDriveForDesign.com. Stellantis hopes to inspire the next generation of automotive designers through the Drive for Design contest and continue its legacy of fostering innovation and creativity in the automotive industry.