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Ski-Doo Auxiliary LightingSnowmobile season is always shorter than you want it to be, but BRP has come up with a way to help you squeeze out every possible minute of fun with its integrated auxiliary lighting kit (US$299.99/C$344.99).

Using ten LED lamps, the auxiliary lighting kit provides for 2100 extra lumens to light up the trail in front of riders. Light is delivered to the trails in a super-wide fog light type pattern.

The kit is a true plug and play system on Ski-Doo REV-XS and REV-XM platform snowmobiles which are prewired to accept the lights. According to BRP, the attachment below the stock headlight is secure and delivers a smooth, naturally integrated look. The switch provided allows for OFF or ON with HIGH BEAM settings so riders can easily switch to extra light without removing their hand while riding. In addition, the benefit of using LED’s bring low maintenance, low power requirements, long life and great illumination to the package.

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Snowmobile Race GameSometimes the Internet giveth and sometimes the Internet taketh away. In the case of the free browser-based game Snowmobile Race, it most certainly tooketh away…my time.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good snowmobile fix so I decided to snoop around for some off-season fun on my trusty laptop. Before long I stumbled across a link for a snowmobile game and I quickly clicked.

I’d liken the game to a plain baked potato…it will fill you up, but you’re not really getting anything out of it. I completed the 10 levels in about 10 minutes, so it certainly kept me occupied, but it was just too easy to be considered time well spent. You use the four arrow keys as your controls, but you really just need the up arrow to get the job done. I probably could have finished it in half the time, but I kept trying to find a way to do a back flip. Of course, I was unsuccessful.

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2013 Polaris 600 IQ Race SledWith the 2012-13 snowmobile racing season quickly approaching, Polaris has unveiled its 2013 600 IQ Race Sled. According to Polaris, the sled features a new engine package that delivers improved performance across the power range.

The 2013 version of the 600 IQ Race Sled also features a redesigned track, enhanced shock adjustability, improved brakes and other changes designed to increase Polaris racers’ competitive advantage.

New Engine Package

2013 Polaris 600 IQ Race Sled EngineThe new Polaris Liberty 600 engine package in the 600 IQ Race Sled features a re-engineered cylinder head and cylinders that result in significantly increased horsepower. Polaris did not provide specific numbers.

“Our new engine package was developed with a focus on improving both snocross and cross-country performance,” says Matt Prusak, race program leader in the Polaris Snowmobile Division. “We’re seeing this engine produce increased horsepower across the entire RPM range. Polaris racers will experience crisper throttle response, improved holeshots, and stronger performance all the way across the powerband. There’s a significant increase in power over the 2012 race sled.”

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2013 Ski-Doo MX Zx 600RSBRP has upped the ante for the upcoming snowmobile racing season with its 2013 Ski-Doo MX Zx 600RS race sled.

According to BRP, the sled features revised front suspension geometry with better handling in bumps, along with refined engine components to maximize power output in all conditions.

The Ski-Doo racing program saw huge success last year claiming the ISOC Snocross series championship, Eagle River World Championship in snocross, world famous Iron Dog cross country event and the gruelling Cains Quest race. That success was due mostly to the Ski-Doo MX Zx 600RS model using the REV-X chassis – the basis for all Ski-Doo trail snowmobiles.

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Tom Rager Sr. - Polaris Racing ManagerThe Polaris snowmobile racing paddock is going to look a lot different after this season as Polaris Racing Manager Tom Rager Sr. is preparing to retire at season’s end.

Rager, who joined Polaris in August 2000 and has directed the racing program ever since, will be succeeded by his son, Tom Rager, Jr., who currently serves as Polaris Race Coordinator.

“It’s been a great career,” says the elder Rager. “I’ve watched my son grow and develop and he’s ready to take this thing on. He has worked hard.”

Rager Sr. joined Polaris after spending over 15 years with the Ski-Doo snowmobile racing program, including the final seven years as race manager.

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