14 teams sign on for clean snowmobile challenge

By Website Administrator | Jan 31, 2003

Kettering University will defend its national title in March when the 2003 Society of Automotive Engineers' Clean Snowmobile Challenge moves to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.

Kettering University will defend its national title in March when the 2003 Society of Automotive Engineers' Clean Snowmobile Challenge moves to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.

Fourteen teams representing universities from the length of North America's Snow Belt have registered for this year's Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The sleds will compete March 19-24 at MTU's Keweenaw Research Center, known for its vehicle test grounds and the Midwest's finest winter driving track.

This will be Michigan Tech's first year hosting the event, which is being organized by the Keweenaw Research Center and MTU's mechanical engineering department.

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is the SAE's newest collegiate design competition. Teams of engineering students from participating schools take a perfectly good stock snowmobile and then reengineer it to reduce emissions and noise while maintaining or improving performance.

Participating teams include:

  • Clarkson University in New York,
  • Colorado State University,
  • Idaho State University,
  • Kettering University in Flint,
  • McGill University in Montreal,
  • Michigan Tech,
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato,
  • State University of New York at Buffalo,
  • the University of Idaho,
  • the University of Maine,
  • the University of Waterloo in Ontario,
  • the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
  • the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • and the University of Wyoming.

The teams will compete in a series of events, including an endurance trek from the Keweenaw Research Center to Copper Harbor. Teams will also be judged on emissions, noise, acceleration, braking, handling and fuel economy. On Saturday, March 22, the center's 500-acre test track will be opened to spectators for the handling event.

More than 1,000 contestants, volunteers and support personnel are expected to participate in the Clean Snowmobile Challenge this winter, in addition to visitors coming to view the competition.

Kettering's snowmobile team brought home four trophies and more than $10,000 in prize money from the SAE 2002 Clean Snowmobile Challenge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Kettering's team tied with the University of Idaho for first place overall. In addition, the team took three other first place awards including first in quietest machine, first in fastest machine, and first in best overall cost.

To volunteer at this year's event, contact Jay Meldrum at jmeldrum@mtu.edu.