The future seems bright for the 41 high-school teams competing to be a part of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge Elite Eight playoff rounds. The finalists last year secured $3.78 million in scholarships. The competition gives students the opportunity to begin careers in the automotive industry; scholarships are just one of the benefits. During the competition, they are exposed to potential future employers and industry experts at a young age. That opens the door to various opportunities in the automotive trade.
Hot Rodders of Tomorrow
Since 2008, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) has been inspiring young people to lead successful careers in the automotive industry and beyond through its Engine Challenge competition. The final, culminative events took place this year at the SEMA Show and the PRI Trade Show. Teams of high schoolers learn critical life skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, on-the-fly initiative and communication as they tear down and reassemble Chevy 350 engines without power tools. Some of them will go on to become engineers and pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, and many will join the automotive industry. All of them learn how to be productive and contribute, wherever they end up working.
A total of 45 teams competed at the SEMA Show and PRI Trade Show to qualify for the Elite Eight competition, which pitted the top four SEMA Show seeds against the top four PRI Trade Show seeds.
Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) has been going strong since its inception in 2008. HROT is a timed competition where teams of five high-school students go head to head to disassemble and reassemble a small-block Chevy 350. The program is simultaneously educating and empowering students while they compete. The idea is to give students access and experience with the automotive industry by way of a team-building challenge.
The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge featured an event double header last weekend.
The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge’s third event of the 2017 season was held at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, last weekend.
The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge’s second event of the 2017 season resulted in four of nine teams qualifying for the Dual National Championship held at the SEMA Show and PRI Trade Show later this year.
The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge’s first event of the 2017 season was held last weekend at the 10th Annual Race & Performance Expo.
The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow 2016 season came to an exciting conclusion last weekend at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis.
In 2008, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) first received funding as an educational competition for high-school students across the country. The motivation remains just as relevant today: provide a platform for students to gain interest and access into the automotive industry through a team-building challenge. SEMA News spoke with Rodney Bingham, HROT president, among others, to learn more about how the program has grown over the last eight years and how it remains a key point for youth engagement in the automotive industry.