The Snow Dogs will defend their title at the Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Mar 14, 2003

The Snow Dogs are preparing to defend their first-place title at the Clean Snowmobile Challenge March 19 through 23, at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.

The Snow Dogs are preparing to defend their first-place title at the Clean Snowmobile Challenge March 19 through 23, at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. Kettering's Clean Snowmobile team brought home four trophies and more than $10,000 in prize money from the Society of Automotive Engineer's (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge last year in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, including a tie for first place.

The Snow Dogs continue use a Toyota/Daihatsu four-stroke, three-cylinder engine, but have added "a lot of refinements," said Gregory Davis, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, and faculty advisor for the team. "We've changed the whole engine control system," he said, "and have designed a new hood."

The SAE Clean Snowmobile ChallengeTM is part of the society's Collegiate Design Series which engages teams of student engineers to find solutions to real world challenges by designing, building, and operating a vehicle within a strict set of contest rules. This competition focuses on producing snowmobiles that are cleaner, quieter, and more environmentally friendly, without significantly impacting the performance of the machine.

Events at the competition include: emissions testing, acceleration, a cold start, handling, fuel range, sound testing, and an oral and written design presentation. The final event was a hill climb by professional snowmobile drivers to test the "driving enjoyment" level of the snowmobiles. The SAE CSC2002 point system rewards the engineering teams for producing a snowmobile that is quieter, more fuel efficient, and cleaner than current trail models. The engineering challenge lies in the fact that teams are also judged on how well the sleds perform and how much fun they are to ride.

More information about the Society of Automotive Engineers and their student design series can be found at their web site at http://www.sae.org/students/snow.htm

Written by Dawn Hibbard
810-762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu