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The Winners Were Shared On Social Media

Ram Truck Sketch Battle

Submissions for the official FCA Drive For Design contest aren’t due until May 1st. Yet FCA design executives Ralph Gilles and Mark Trostle put together an impromptu Ram Truck sketch battle that was open up to not only to high schoolers busy with their official design submission, but also anybody who was up to the challenge. With roughly 48 hours to work before the April 9 deadline, hot shot designers went to work.

Renderings and sketches were uploaded either to the FCA Twitter or Facebook page with the #DriveForDesign hashtag. Prior to that, FCA shared sought to inspire contestants with a Dodge Challenger-based pickup truck that was called the Rampage. We like to think it’s another Easter Egg, but unlike the Ram Rebel TRX teaser, it was probably just for fun.

Check out some of the picks from Mark Trostle, the head of design at Ram Trucks:

And from FCA Design chief Ralph Gilles:

The FCA Drive For Design contest is for high school students in grades 10-12, where Head of Ram Truck Design Mark Trostle is challenging young minds and fresh thinkers to come up with what the Ram 1500 of the future will look like. After the May 1st due date, just three students will be named winners.

Prizes for the winners include an exclusive tour and time with leading designers at the FCA Design studios, a scholarship to attend College for Creative Studies Summer Experience Transportation Design program, and serving as a Junior Judge at the prestigious EyesOn Design Car Show. Lastly, writer and artist Josh Welton joins as a special guest judge.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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