Our History


1997-1998     The Cougar Electric Car Company was founded by Kennedy teacher Barry Wilson and two students.

1998-1999     The first Cougar Electric race car was built.

1999-2000     Three new cars were designed and built by an enthusiastic team of 10 members. They were unveiled in the season-
                     opener at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids. During this race, Matt Mller, driving the #41 Lynch Ford car, was  
                    clocked at an astounding 57mph. The team had an amazing year, sweeping 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at most of the competitions.

                     At the end of the season, the majority of the team graduated, taking much of the team’s experience and knowledge with

2000-2001      A group of seven new team members with little-to-no experience in car design or building decided to jump in where the
                     previous team left off. Using a wind tunnel to test design options, the team developed some very innovative and
                     promising designs. They placed second in every race they entered. Cougar Electric was awarded the FINE (First In the
                     Nation in Education) Award by Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.  The team was one of only five K-12 programs in the state to
                     receive the award, and the first electric car program in the world to win such a prestigious award in education.

2001-2002      Iowa State Championship
                     OPPD Nebraska State Championship
                     The Cougar Electric Car Company hosted the first annual Toyota Financial Services Midwest Speed Trials. More than 30 
                     cars participated in the inaugural two-day event.

2002-2003      Iowa State Championship
2003-2004      OPPD Nebraska State Championship

2005-2006      Iowa State Championship

2006-2007      Iowa State Championship

2007-2008      Iowa State Championship

2009-2010      Iowa State Championship
                      NECA Championship

2010-2011       Iowa State Championship

2011-2012       Iowa State Championship

2012-2013       The Cougar Electric Car Company joined in the fight against cancer with the "Just Drew It" exhibition vehicle, dedicated 
                      to the memory of classmate Drew Wall, who last his battle with cancer at age 16. The
team takes the vehicle to      
                      Coaches vs. Cancer events, spreading awareness and raising money to support cancer research.

2013-2014       Cougar Electric Car Company placed second in Nebraska and third in Iowa.

2014-2015       Our Cougar Electric Car Company finished second in Nebraska.

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