Combustion Vehicle Team Leads

James Garcia

Team Captain

James Garcia is a Senior in Sociology from Austin, Texas and is the current Combustion Team Captain of Longhorn Racing.  His duties include overseeing the design and construction of the car as a whole; the buck stops with him. He spends his free time wishing he could leave. Also, he probably likes machines more than he likes you.

Tyler Watts

Team Manager

Tyler Watts is a Sophomore in Mechanical Engineering and team manager of Longhorn Racing Combustion. He coordinates the operations side of the team including managing corporate relations efforts and assisting with outreach.  In his free time, you can find Ty doing the same thing he does on the job: bothering James Garcia.

Parker Randall

Dynamics Lead

Parker Randall is a senior mechanical engineering major and leads the Dynamics system, which handles the suspension, steering and overall handling behavior of the car. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up.

Jonathan Parra

Manufacturing Lead

Jonathan is a sophomore mechanical engineering student from Allen, Texas. As the lead of manufacturing and part of the drivetrain design team he spends most of his time extensively researching solidworks and ANSYS error messages. On an unrelated note, if you’re looking for some ABEC 9 Super Precision ball bearings, let him know.

Mihir Pai

Lead Engineer

Mihir is a senior Mechanical Engineering major and the design lead for Longhorn Racing Combustion. He is responsible for setting performance goals and high-level design parameters for the car, as well as system integration. He does not believe in free time.

Blake Teitel

Powertrain Lead

Blake Teitel is a junior in mechanical engineering and Powertrain Lead for the Combustion team. He is responsible for the engineering and integration of engine controls and development, thermal and fluids systems, and the drivetrain of the car.  Despite caring deeply about carbon emissions, he does not care about carbon emissions, because racecar.

Rijul Nanda

Electronics Lead

Rijul Nanda is a senior Electrical and Computer Engineering major and he leads the electronics system, which is responsible for all things involving wires and programming. Programs are written in python, MATLAB, and C/C++, and hardware interfacing is often done with circuit elements and microcontrollers. In his free time, Rijul is often staring longingly at pictures of his 2002 Toyota Corolla.

Nathan Ion

Body Lead

Nathan is a sophomore ASE student from Klein, TX (Greater Houston). As the Body system lead, he works alongside other leads to integrate aerodynamic, ergonomic, and frame subsystems with the car as a whole. Outside LHR, you might find Nathan playing video games, sleeping, or enjoying the great outdoors.

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Meet The Team

Austin, TX, USA

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