This Could be the 2025 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Over the past few months, the Chrysler Group has been promoting their Drive for Design contest, which invited kids in 10th, 11th and 12th grade to create their vision of the Dodge SRT Hellcat for the year 2025. The students weren’t given any real guidelines, but the Drive for Design website included “inspiration” sketches and photos that included the Hellcat Challenger, the Hellcat Charger and the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo supercar. After digging through the scores of submissions, the work shown above of the 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat designed by Ben Treinen of Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio was chosen as the winner for 2016.
“The Drive for Design contest continues to be a great way for the FCA US Design team to connect with students that show an interest in art and design,” said Mark Trostle – Head of Dodge and SRT Design, FCA US LLC. “We always look forward to seeing each student’s creative perspective and hope to inspire them to explore automotive design as a potential career.”
Distinct Hellcat Charger Cues
While the Drive for Design contest doesn’t specify what type of vehicle the students should design, there is no question that Ben Treinen’s artwork would be the 2025 Hellcat Charger. Treinen did a beautiful job of taking cues from the modern Hellcat Charger, including the front-facing hood scoop, the rear-facing hood vents, the crosshair grille and the long, thin LED headlight design from the 2015-2016 Charger. Also, along the sides, we can see that the low, wide body includes four doors and an exaggerated form of the current Charger’s side scalloping.
Really, when I first saw it, I thought that this is what a Hellcat Charger would have looked like in the Will Smith IRobot if they had used Dodges instead of Audis. It is extreme, but not exceedingly so and with 2025 being just 10 years away now, I would expect that the high performance Dodge sedan in a decade would still have some of the design cues from the modern car.
The Grand Prize
In addition to having his work featured by every news source that covers the Drive for Design contest, Ben Treinen will get an impressive prize package for taking home top honors.
Treinen will receive a new Macbook Pro, a 3 week automotive design course at the Detroit College for Creative Studies, 3 passes to the 2016 Detroit Autorama, a 3-day, 2-night stay in beautiful Auburn Hills, Michigan and dinner with the Chrysler design team. While at Autorama, Ben Treinen will be officially awarded for winning the contest and his wicked 2025 Charger will be in the Mopar display for all to see.