Ian Thomas is the winner of the Motegi Racing "Design this Car" contest, and he and a guest will travel to Las Vegas next week with Motegi Racing for the Global Rallycross Championship.
A panel of judges -- including Motegi Racing drivers Brian Deegan and Tanner Foust, as well as top livery designer Erik Bond from Spin Imaging in Long Beach, Calif. -- selected the winning concept.
"Our Facebook fans put a lot of time and effort into their submissions and created some incredible designs for the contest," said Motegi Racing Marketing Director Rhett Sander. "We were amazed by the level of talent we saw."
For the contest, people were invited to "Like" Motegi Racing on Facebook and "Design this Car" by creating a paint scheme for the Motegi Racing Ford Fiesta show car, a vehicle inspired by rallycross and built for the street. The contest took place in August and early September.
Thomas' winning concept was a vibrant green design inspired by Motegi Racing's purpose-built rallycross wheel.
"I've never designed a livery before but I love cars, car design, car photography and rallycross, so this was a perfect contest!" said Thomas, who lives in Milwaukee, Wis., and works as a freelance designer with a focus on three-dimensional modeling for architecture firms.
Motegi Racing sponsors the Global Rallycross Championship as well as drivers Deegan and Foust. The winning design will be featured on the show car, which will be on display at the Las Vegas Global Rallycross event September 29.
The car itself is being constructed by the factory-backed Olsbergs MSE Ford rallycross team. Olsbergs MSE is a Motegi Racing technical partner that runs cars in the Global Rallycross Championship for Motegi Racing sponsored drivers Deegan and Foust.
The three-door Fiesta will feature a race-ready body kit, Motegi Racing wheels and technological upgrades that make it a street-legal show car that turns heads. The winning design will be turned over to the experts at Spin Imaging, who will execute the concept.
A sneak peek of the car at X Games at the end of June drew a favorable response. Many fans that saw it in the rallycross pits in downtown Los Angeles asked where they could buy one just like it.