Coming to a showroom one day?
A few days ago, FCA designers Ralph Gilles and Mark Trostle announced an interesting design initiative that generated some great creativity. The first-ever Design Sketch Battle was a 24-hour contest where amateur designers, students, and enthusiasts could submit their drawings for the "wickedest and most outrageous designs for a Ram truck."
Over 200 submissions were sent to FCA's numerous social media accounts from all over the world but only a few were selected. Gilles, FCA's design chief, has now revealed his top 5 selections that came from designers Paul Piliste, Rezo Lomaia, Michael Stanfel, Morten Rabiee, and Joshua Reese.
"We really appreciate the good natured fun and creativity we saw," Gilles said. "The best part to me is that just about every continent was represented!" All images have been embedded below.
Gilles's selections each provide an update on the signature Ram 1500 design with a more futuristic look, though there are some retro hints here and there. As for Trostle's picks, he selected designs from Bryan Johnson, Robin Mathew, Ricky Ryan Goimarac, Jon Sibal, and Sean Smith. Again, these designs were mainly futuristic in nature, but we especially like the slammed quad-cab submission, which also includes a very Dodge Challenger-like front end design.
This isn't the first time FCA has held a design contest open to the public.
For the past several years, it's hosted the Drive for Design contest, which is aimed specifically at high school students who are thinking of a future career in automotive design. The top three winners are invited to FCA's design headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan for a one-in-a-lifetime behind the scenes tour that also involves meeting with several of the company's designers. Trostle himself won a contest similar to this when he was in high school, which led him on a path to his current high-profile design job at FCA.
There's no word whether or not the winners of the 24-hour Design Sketch Battle will receive similar perks, but it's still cool for them to be publicly recognized.