Fiat Chrysler lead designer Ralph Gilles is perhaps best known for designing the Chrysler 300 and being apart of the team that helped resurrect the Dodge Viper for 2014, but there’s an interesting fact about the Montreal native you might not know: he’s a huge race fan.
Gilles was recently the subject of an episode of Netflix’s ‘Abstract: The Art Of Design’ documentary series in which he tells his life story and how he got his start in car design. Gilles also touches upon his passion for racing in the documentary, however, explaining how driving and racing is essentially a type of therapy for him.
“I have an inner racer inside of me,” Gilles said in the episode. “I’ve been watching racing since I was a kid. I went to four different driving schools in a span of six years, and briefly competed. But the part that speaks to me even to this day, and why I do it, is the escape.”
“When I’m driving a car, literally, the world melts away,” he added. “You and the machine meld together. Everything kind of goes into slow motion, and you’re dancing with the car. I come alive in a way.”
Gilles formerly raced in the short lived Viper Cup Series, but now it seems as though he likes to drive fast to relax rather than compete. Gilles addiction to speed may explain all the wild product being pumped of the SRT skunkworks lately and if that’s the case then we hope his tenure at FCA lasts a lifetime.
Via Automotive News