MU engineering students reveal competition car for new season
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri College of Engineering students introduced this year's race car built for the upcoming competition season.
The Mizzou Racing Formula Society of Automotive Engineers Team designed and tested the car for a full year before revealing it to the public Sunday.
MU senior Alyssa Black has been on the team for five years. She said it feels good to finally show off the team's hard work.
“It feels very satisfying to finally be done with this car," Black said.
The team gives engineering students a chance to get real-world experience in their field before graduating.
“When an employer sees this on a resume, they take it very seriously," junior Ethan English said. He's been on the team for three years.
English set his sights on the racing team as soon he stepped foot on Mizzou's campus, and now plays a leading role.
“I take a lot of pride in the work I do down here," English said. "It’s really satisfying."
Community sponsors play a huge rule in making the team's goals a reality. One sponsor said it's his Tiger pride that keeps him coming back to support the organization.
“When they came and asked for assistance, we were glad to do so," said Ed Kays, owner of Kays Engineering in Marshall. "I enjoy doing it, and enjoy being involved, and I want to see Mizzou do well. We’ve got to beat Kansas.”
This year's sponsors include Kays Engineering, Boeing, Norfolk Southern, Mizzou Engineering Alumni Association and Signs Now.
Last year the team took sixth place out of thirty teams from around the world in Melbourne, Australia. To follow the team during this year's competition season, you can visit their Facebook page. The team's first competition will be May 11-14 in Michigan.
Below is this year's car, and cars from past years: