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
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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