On race days, Justin Wilson can be found either navigating a course for MU’s solar car or monitoring the car’s performance and analyzing data.
Wilson, president of the Mizzou Solar Car Project, is in charge of communication with the College of Engineering, race officials and others involved. He is in management for a reason.
“They don’t let me drive because I’m too reckless,” he said.
Now a junior majoring in electrical and computer engineering, Wilson got involved with the $800,000 solar car project during his freshman year after attending an organization fair sponsored by the Mizzou Engineering Student Council.
The solar car team, made up of about 25 students ranging from freshmen to one graduate student, works to improve the Sun Tiger VI, gearing it up for future races.
The next one on the list is the Formula Sun Grand Prix, which takes place on a closed course next May. It’s followed by the North American Solar Challenge in July, a race that goes from Houston to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Calgary, Alberta, over 11 days.
The team’s last car, Sun Tiger V, placed fourth in this year’s Formula Sun Grand Prix.
Wilson said he’s enjoyed being a part of the solar car team.
“It’s been a very enriching experience,” he said. “I have knowledge I wouldn’t have gotten in the classroom.”
For more information on MU’s Solar Car Project, go to www.mizzousolar.org