Fiat-Chrysler has announced the results of its 2018 Drive for Design contest, which tasked a team of high school students to come up with the design of what they think a 2030 Jeep Wrangler could look like. This is the sixth year of the challenge, which FCA puts on with EyesOn Design and Lawrence Technological University.
After tallying the votes, FCA announced three winners of this year’s contest. The first place student winner was Eduard Cret, from the Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, Florida. Emily Bryson, who took home the second place prize, also attends the same school as Eduard. Lastly Jinho So, who attends the Canisius High School, came in third.
Eduard Cret’s “DJ” design takes the look of the Wrangler in a new direction by replacing the iconic round headlights with slender LED lights, while the traditional seven-slot grille has been replaced by an LED display that mimics an equalizer. Emily Bryson’s “Wrangler Victus” has an all glass roof with unique pillars at all four corners that can heat the interior. Jinho So’s third place sketch shows off a much more aerodynamic Wrangler that could appear in 2030.
“Six years ago, we created the Drive for Design contest to create awareness about the various career paths available in automotive design. We wanted to connect with young artists early in their curriculum and help guide them in the right direction to begin a career in automotive design,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design, FCA – North America. “The creative perspective on all this year’s submissions were inventive and exceptional as you could truly see the inspiration, objective and emotion behind each concept.”
The three winners get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the FCA US Product Design studios and the opportunity to work one-on-one with professional automotive designers. Plus a two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University. To help them keep designing, the winners also get a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16, Apple iPad and Apple Pencil.