Passion is in our People!


When we were kids playing with our Hot Wheels, we dreamt about growing up and designing cool cars one day. For Mark Trostle who is Head of Design for SRT, Mopar® & Motorsports, that dream became a reality. Mark is a second generation automotive designer and was bitten by the car bug at a young age. He’s been involved in some fun projects including the Challenger, Charger and even the next generation Viper. We recently had a chance to corner him in our design studios to find out more about how he turned his passion for cars into a great career as an automotive designer.



    Posted July 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Mark, make sure you paint all of the front bumper body color so you do NOT have that big gaping black hole in the front of the SRT8 Charger.  In fact, paint it like your first prototype in this link and you will sell a lot of them.  Nobody wants a copy of an Audi or Mitsubishi, that if for sure.

  • Trekologist
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    If you’re really that bent up about the blacked out section on the new Charger SRT8, then order yours with the front stripe delete. Done.

  • moparman
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    I wish it was that easy for me, I’d order one in R/T (just plain old R/T) with spoiler delete, truck front end delete, and back doors delete.

    Posted July 28, 2011 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Trekologist, it just looks horrible and it gives mopar a bad name.  My concern is that if the designers cannot see that the big black hole looks like crap, then just stick with the R/T and flush the SRT division down the drain. The Redline Charger R/T looks much better than the SRT8.  Even the R/T logo with the red in the middle looks better than the all chrome SRT letters.  I understand the performance aspect of the SRT, but the packaging just doesn’t cut it.  To this day, I would have to buy an R/T and then put a twin screw blower on it if I really needed the power of the SRT.  It is cheaper and it rides smoother. It gets old feeling every crack in the road just so you can make a U turn at 60 mph. This year’s Challenger SRT packaging is much better because you get the 392 HEMI and the MDS.  In addition, the racing stripes down the entire length of the car look good and painting the rear deck spoiler body color like the R/T looks classier.  They need to save the flat black rear deck spoiler for a T/A version.

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