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:
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What an awesome turn out we had for our #FCADriveforDesign Ram sketch battle! We had over 200 submissions from all over the world, of which 120 were eligible! @ralphgilles and I split up our favorites, so be sure to go check out his page. We loved seeing the creativity and fun everyone had with it. Here are my first favorites from Bryan Johnson, Robin Mathew, Ricky Ryan Goimarac, Jon Sibal and Sean Smith. Both Ralph and I will be posting more of them over the weekend! @ramtrucks @fiatchrysler_na #fcadesign
And from FCA Design chief Ralph Gilles:
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Wow friends, great participation in our #ramtrucks sketch battle, over 200 entries from all over the world, of which 120 qualified… here are my top 5 ! Thank you Paul Piliste, Rezo Lomaia, Michael Stanfel, Morten Rabiee and Joshua Reese ! There were so many more that @trostlemark and I had to fight over our favs so please go see his page. We’ll be posting more awesome sketches that were submitted through out the weekend. We really appreciate the good natured fun and creativity we saw! The best part to me is that just about every continent was represented! Go #RAM @ramtrucks #drivefordesign #FCAdesign
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.