These high school students have a future in automotive design.
Fiat-Chrysler Automotive has announced the winners for the seventh installment of its Drive for Design contest. The design contest, which accepted entries from high school students in grades 10 to 12, were given the task to sketch a flagship vehicle from any of the FCA brands.
The first prize winner for this year is Maximillian Cooper – a Design and Architecture Senior High student from Miami, Florida. He submitted the piece entitled "Serpente" that features a seemingly single-cockpit Alfa Romeo in hypercar proportions.
Mason Ross wins second place with his own version of an Alfa Romeo flagship supercar. He's from Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, Washington. For the third place, Vincent Piaskowski of Ernest W. Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan won with his Maserati "Pescecane" that features a futuristic take on a Trident supercar.
Amazing prices await these young designers. All of them would get an all-expense paid trip to Michigan, a behind-the-scenes visit to FCA's Design Studios, a scholarship to College for Creative Studies Precollege Summer Experience Transportation Design program, attend the EyesOn Design Vision Honored Black Tie and Silent Auction with FCA design team members, and become a junior judge participant in EyesOn Design Car Show.
Cooper, however, will get a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16, while Ross and Piaskowski will be awarded an Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil each.
The FCA Drive for Design contest has been running for seven years now. Started in 2013, it aims to educate young artists about careers in automotive design. It was initially a local contest in Detroit but through the years, the contest has grown to become a national event for students who have the passion for designing cars.