Automotive designers of tomorrow reveal their vision of a future Ram truck.
Each year since 2013, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has hosted a vehicle sketch contest for high school students meant to get them interested in the field of automotive design: Drive for Design. The contest asks participants from grades 10 through 12 to conceive of and sketch a totally original, unique vehicle following certain criteria, and entries are judged by FCA's own design team.
The automaker has just announced this year's winners, who were tasked with drawing a "Ram truck of the future," and revealed their stunning design sketches. They're something else.
This year's contest actually saw one of last year's winners - eleventh-grader Vincent Piaskowski from Birmingham, Michigan - return for a second-place finish. Last year, after contestants were asked to dream up the "ultimate status car" from any FCA brand, Piaskowski submitted a sketch for an original Maserati coupe that took home the third-place prize. His submission this year put forth an idea for an electric Ram truck, with a grille reminiscent of the one on today's Ram 1500 Rebel.
The third-place winner this year was also an eleventh-grader out of Michigan - Alex David Kirschmann of Auburn Hills - who reimagined the Ram as a spacious, rounded-looking cargo hauler of the future. And in first was twelfth-grader Job Skandera of Santa Clara, California, with his aggressive, muscular Ram Magma concept, replete with changeable suspension and onboard water purification system.
"All of the entries were impressive, the work was very focused with a notable attention to detail, as well as their thought process - these are characteristics we look for when we go to hire designers to work for FCA," said FCA's Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Exterior Design Mark Trostle. "Automotive design is a growing field and often overlooked by parents and students, our goal is to inspire and change that perspective."
"There are many career paths available within automotive design where young designers will have the opportunity to create some of the most exciting and technologically advanced products on the road today, as well as create what's possible for the future."
This year's Drive for Design winners will receive virtual networking and design sketching demos with members of FCA's design team, plus some electronic gizmos to assist them as they further their design careers.