Car coloring book pages have been a handy distraction during quarantine, but Fiat Chrysler has a better idea: Make your own coloring book page and perhaps win accolades in the FCA Design Sketch Battle. The automaker runs an annual Drive for Design competition for U.S. high school students in grades 10-12, and has just opened a contest-within-a-contest that’s open to anyone in the world. The brief is to sketch “your wickedest and most outrageous designs for a Ram truck.” For all those times you’ve had an idea about a pickup and thought, “This is what [insert OEM] needs to make! If I could only get to the boss!,” now is your chance to get to the boss. Post your sketch — or sketches — into the comments section of the contest on FCA’s Facebook page, or upload the drawing(s) to Twitter and call out the automaker with @FiatChrysler_NA. Each drawing needs to have “FCADriveforDesign.com” written on it somewhere, and each social media post needs to be garnished with the hashtag #DriveforDesign.
The contest judges are Mark Gilles, Fiat Chrysler head of design, and Mark Trostle, head of design for Ram and Mopar. They’ve attempted to juice the creative brain with a punch to the prefrontal cortex called the RAMpage. Playing off the name of a car-based pickup from the go-go 1980s that lasted two years — about how long 2020 feels already — the RAMpage is a Ram 1500 hood and upper fascia, a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody lower front and body, a pickup bed, and it’s accented with obligatory yellow splitter guards that have matured into a properly racy splitter.
You can take the RAMpage as a cue that your drawing doesn’t need to threaten the living with massive bulk and post-apocalyptic looks. Ricky Ryan Goimarac, one of the entries so far, made his own version of the RAMpage that looks pretty sexy. And with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, ZR2 Bison, and Ford Ranger Raptor still not quite there for some people, why wouldn’t a mid-size Dakota TRX be a good idea right now?
Here’s the crucial part: All entries need to be submitted today, April 9th, no later than 5 p.m. Eastern. So yeah, there’s not much time, but … quarantine. Tomorrow, April 10, Gilles and Trostle will post their favorites to Instagram.
For all those design-focused high-schoolers, entries for the official Drive for Design contest are due by May 1, 2020.