The sketch looks like the 2016 Rebel TRX concept.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Drive for Design competition challenges U.S. high school students to sketch their ideas of tomorrow’s automobile. This year’s competition has kids in grades 10-12 sketching a Ram truck of the future. It’s a great event for aspiring artists and designers, but the flyer announcing the competition could hint at the Ram Rebel TRX’s future design. The flyer shows a toughed-up Ram pickup that looks like the camouflaged test models caught by our spy photographers.
The sketch shows a bright yellow Ram pickup with an aggressive front-end design. Gray plastic cladding gives it the necessary look to market itself as a tough and capable Ford F-150 Raptor competitor. There are wide fender flares that try to hide a widened front track. The hood is also reworked with an integrated hood scoop over the deep-set grille, and louvers that fall into the hood’s contours.
Our spy photographers captured the Rebel TRX at the end of last month in production form – and under heavy camouflage and cladding. Ram didn’t want any bit of sheet metal to poke through, so we can’t see much. However, not even an ample amount of cladding could hide the widened front and rear fenders. The hood has a healthy dose of cladding as well that does a good job hiding the design. The photos also show a revised lower bumper that’s out of the way of the front tires, which should only help its off-road capabilities.
Gallery: Ram Rebel TRX Spy Photos
The sketch also bears a striking similarity to the Ram Rebel TRX concept from 2016, which kicked off speculation Ram was developing an F-150 Raptor fighter. The two have similar hood designs – scoop and louvers included in both – and each feature thick plastic around the grille and fender flares. The sketch could be a lot of things, but compared to the original concept and the camouflaged model caught by our photographers, it feels like it hints at the Rebel TRX that’s to come.
FCA Design Team Seeks High School Students to Design the Future of Ram Truck
February 20, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Without a nudge from an art teacher, a visit to an art school or just plain luck, some of the world’s top automotive designers may never have made their mark on history.
Mark Trostle, Head of Ram Truck Design at FCA, wants to change that. Eight years ago, he revived a contest he won as a high school student that helped drive him to where he is today, leading the design efforts for some of the most desired vehicles on the road.
The 2020 Drive for Design contest challenges U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to sketch a Ram truck of the future. And, just like in the professional world, there is a level of urgency – entries are due by May 1, 2020. Three students will be named winners from all valid entries received.
“The landscape of automotive design has changed and today’s automotive designers not only sketch cars, they create some of the most advanced user experience systems, work with 3D technology, research color trends and create interior spaces that are multifunctional and beautiful,” said Trostle. “As the field of automotive design grows, it’s vital that we increase awareness and educate students and parents about the career opportunities available.”
The Drive for Design competition kicked off during the EyesOn Design commemorative poster unveiling held at the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.
Artist Josh Welton Joins Judging Panel
Coming back for a second year as a guest judge is Josh Welton, writer, artist and owner of Brown Dog Welding LLC fabrication and art studio in Detroit. Welton is an accomplished welder, fabricator, teacher, artist, writer, social media influencer, podcast host, entrepreneur and automotive enthusiast. He writes for a variety of outlets and shares his artistic creations on social media. Welton will help review submitted sketches and select this year’s winners.
Facebook LIVE “Ask Me Anything” on Wednesday, February 26
To kick off this year’s competition, Trostle and Head of FCA Design Ralph Gilles will participate in an “Ask Me Anything” Facebook LIVE broadcast on Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m. Eastern, hosted by Welton. Viewers can submit questions now for the live event via the Drive for Design Facebook page (Facebook.com/DriveForDesign), the FCA North America Facebook page (Facebook.com/FiatChrysler.NorthAmerica), the FCA North America Twitter (@FiatChrysler_NA) and FCA North America Instagram (@FiatChrysler_NA) channels using #DriveForDesign.
Drive for Design Contest Details
Three winners receive an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the FCA Product Design studios in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with leading automotive designers.
The winners also receive a scholarship to attend the Precollege Summer Experience Transportation Design program at College for Creative Studies, a leading art and design college in Detroit, from which both Trostle and Gilles graduated. The summer program curriculum includes the fundamentals of gestural sketching, drawing automotive concepts in perspective and how to translate designs into 3D models.
The FCA Product Design Office is again partnering with EyesOn Design, which focuses on the automotive community and students coming together to commemorate, reflect and appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of classic and modern vehicle design. Drive for Design winners will receive their awards on Sunday, June 14 at EyesOn Design’s “Vision Honored” Black Tie and Silent Auction and will serve as Junior Judges at the prestigious EyesOn Design Car Show, held every Father’s Day weekend at the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.
For detailed contest rules and information on how to submit sketches, visit www.FCAdrivefordesign.com.
Drive for Design Social Media
Students and parents can follow the FCA North America social channels for regular posts to educate and inform followers about careers in automotive design. Weekly updates will be posted every Wednesday on the Drive for Design Facebook page (Facebook.com/DriveForDesign), the FCA North America Facebook page (Facebook.com/FiatChrysler.NorthAmerica), the FCA North America Twitter (@FiatChrysler_NA) and FCA North America Instagram (@FiatChrysler_NA) channels using the hashtag #DriveForDesign.