Cat rider sets new stock sled world speed record
Team Arctic put together a weekend it will remember for a long time: 21 class wins at the largest grass drag race in history… a new 141mph world speed record with a stock sled on asphalt… and news that Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert will compete in the entire ISOC national snocross circuit this season. All told, it was about a perfect weekend for Arctic Cat.
The 21 class wins came at the 44th Annual Sno Baron’s Haydays Grass Drags. Between Glenn Hall, Ron Gilland, Scott Moser and Denny Mousseau, Arctic Cat’s CFR 800 claimed four Stock and Improved Stock victories.
“We were looking forward to seeing what the competition was capable of with their new 800-class sleds,” says Mike Kloety, Team Arctic race manager. “Seeing the claims they made in their advertising, we expected more of a fight. But at the end of the day, the 162-hp Arctic Cat CFR 800 H.O. is absolutely the best in its class.”
While Arctic Cat sleds were racking up wins at Haydays, Team Arctic’s Billy Howard set a World’s Fastest Snowmobile speed record on asphalt, this time at Empire Dragway in Leicester, N.Y.
Aboard a stock, race-prepped Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo equipped with an asphalt drag track, boosted turbocharger and tweaks to the clutching, Howard ripped through the quarter-mile with a 140.91 mph/8.863-second elapsed time, setting a new world record for a stock snowmobile.
“When it comes to top speed for a stock sled, nothing comes close to the Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo,” says Al Shimpa, Team Arctic drag racing coordinator. “Billy Howard topped 140 mph in the quarter-mile on his, with an elapsed time that’s quicker than what it took to read this sentence.
“That’s with a stock motor, stock suspensions, stock hood, stock clutches… pretty much stock everything except the boost pressure and the asphalt-only track. There is no other stock snowmobile that can touch these numbers.”
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