Once again the Keweenaw Research Center at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. will host the SAE Snowmobile Challenge. This year’s event will be the biggest ever as a record 21 college and university teams have registered. The event takes place March 4-9, 2013.
Arctic Cat, BRP (Ski-Doo), Polaris, and Yamaha are gold level sponsors of the event. Staff from all four manufacturers will be involved, with many serving as judges and reviewers of the competition.
The intent of the competition is to design a snowmobile that will primarily be ridden on groomed snowmobile trails. The use of unreliable, expensive solutions is strongly discouraged! Modern snowmobiles are engineered to meet the current standards for noise and emissions. Teams are expected to add innovative solutions for improving on performance of the base sled that they start with. Design judges (written and oral) will be looking for innovations and incorporating that into their scores.