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    Canadian Stealth Snowmobile

    In what has to be the most Canadian story of the year, the Canadian Press is reporting that the Canadian military has been secretly testing a $620,000 stealth snowmobile.

    We first heard about this project two years ago when Canadian Department of Defence posted a public tender for a hybrid-electric snowmobile (you can read about that here). According to the tender, the stealth snowmobile required a range of at least 15 kilometers (about nine miles) at an average speed of 20 km/h (12 mph) when in quiet mode. The tender also stated that the stealth snowmobile must have the ability to switch to silent mode easily and quickly with minimal tools. CrossChasm Technologies from Waterloo, Ont. put together the winning bid and built the prototype.

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      Parasledding

      It takes a wonderfully twisted mind to combine snowmobiling and parachutes.

      Anybody’s who’s been snowmobiling long enough has thought of ways to make things a little more exciting once in a while. One thing we never considered was attaching a parachute to your sled and seeing what happens. British Columbia’s Eric Oddy did just that and managed to create a new sport – parasledding.

      If not for the attached video, we would have questioned whether this was even possible. Alas, the camera doesn’t lie. We’re not sure we’d have the stones to try and pull something like this off, but we’re sure glad somebody did. So who’s next?

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        Valentino Rossi and Nicky HaydenNow that we’ve got your attention, the answer is a definitive “NO!” However, Ducati’s MotoGP motorcycle racers Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden did play around on a Ski-Doo kitted with a Ducati paint job at an annual press event.

        The Wroom press event is held jointly by Ducati’s MotoGP team and Ferrrari’s F1 squad every winter. This year’s event took place at Madonna di Campiglio in Italy. Besides the dressed up Ski-Doo, Ducati and Ferrari racers also competed in some four-wheeled ice racing, first in Karts then in Fiat 500 cars.

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          Concept vehicles are always kind of fun. Sure, the mast majority will never reach production, but it’s interesting to see what designers can come up with.

          We recently came across a unique hydrogen-powered model that uses electric motors that was designed by Jessica Covi, an industrial design student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

          Dubbed Nanuq, this unit features a hydrogen fuel cell system that provides power to a battery pack and electric engines. This concept is wider in the rear than a traditional snowmobile and features two narrow tracks rather than a single wide one. Other features on the Nanuq include side-view cameras, GPS navigation, airbag, rollbar and seatbelt harness.

          So what do you think of the Nanuq? How far away are we from a snowmobile not powered by traditional fuel sources?

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            One of the most terrifying snowmobile videos we’ve ever seen is in the process of going viral across the Internet.

            We really don’t have many details, but the video itself speaks volumes. Some unfortunate snowmobiler takes his sled high up a mountain in what seems like a competition of some sort. Just as he’s about to reach the apex of the climb, the front end lifts up and rider falls off the snowmobile and begins a fast and frightening trip back down the mountain. He was wearing a helmet cam for his trip, so the video you’ll see below is all from his perspective.

            The mountain really doesn’t see that steep while he’s climbing it, but that perspective changes quickly when you see how fast he careens down the hill.

            Perhaps the most stunning thing about this video is that the snowmobiler seems largely unharmed.

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