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FCA looks to future designers for next halo car

Contest challenged Grade 10-12 students to design ultimate status vehicle

Published: May 11, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: May 18, 2019, 1:47 AM

FCA Drive for Design Third place winning sketch - Vincent Piaskowski

Three high-school students from Florida, Michigan and Washington have won a Fiat Chrysler design competition, proposing designs for a future FCA sports car.

FCA Drive for Design first place winning sketch - Maximillian Cooper

Maximillian Cooper, from Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High, Mason Ross from Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, Washington, and Vincent Piaskowski, from Ernest W. Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan, finished first, second and third, respectively, in FCA’s Drive for Design contest and will be taken to the FCA Product Design Centre in Auburn Hills, Michigan, for a tour and to network with leading product designers.

The FCA US 2019 Drive for Design contest challenged students in Grades 10-12 nationwide to design the ultimate status vehicle for any FCA brand.

FCA Drive for Design Second place winning sketch - Mason Ross

“We are always impressed by the next generation of talent that competes in the annual Drive for Design contest, but this year our expectations were vastly surpassed based on the level of comprehensive artwork submitted,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design for FCA – North America. “Even though it’s a growing field, automotive design can often be overlooked by students entering the workforce, so our goal with this competition is to change that perspective and encourage promising talent to pursue opportunities where they could design the vehicles of the future.”

Trostle created Drive for Design in 2013, based on a design contest he won when he was a high-school student. He credits the win with propelling him up the design ranks and has since tried to pass on the torch to the next generation of designers and future heads of design.

The winning trio will also receive tuition to attend the Precollege Summer Experience Transportation Design program at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies (where they will learn the fundamentals of gestural sketching, perspective for both interior and exterior automotive concepts and how to translate designs into 3D models) and serve as junior judges at the EyesOn Design Car Show, held every Father’s Day (June 16th, this year) at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.