Clarkson Univeristy won the 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challange. (image courtesy Michigan Technological University/Keweenaw Research Center)
Clarkson University of Potsdam, NY, captured first place in the 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, which drew to a close March 10 at Michigan Technological University.
Kettering University, of Flint Mich., placed second, with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville earning third place in the internal-combustion category.
The University of Alaska-Fairbanks won the zero-emissions category.
The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is a collegiate design competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Engineering students from participating schools re-engineer a stock snowmobile, while preserving the riding quality demanded by snowmobile enthusiasts. A total of 12 university teams participated in the internal combustion category.
The Challenge’s zero emissions category, for battery-powered sleds, is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. NSF uses electric snowmobiles while conducting atmospheric research in pristine arctic locations. The electric or zero emissions challenge is running up to 20 miles with one battery charge. Five teams participated in the zero emission category.