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Universities to Compete in SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Warrendale, PA, March 11, 2005 - Thirteen universities, including two from Canada, will compete in the SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge set Monday, March 14, through Saturday, March 19, in Houghton, MI.

An event in the SAE Collegiate Design Series, the Clean Snowmobile Challenge is an intercollegiate engineering design competition where students must cost effectively re-engineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise levels, while maintaining or improving the performance characteristics of the original snowmobile.

Throughout the six-day competition, teams’ sleds are tested for design, noise, exhaust, emissions, fuel economy, cold-start ability, acceleration, safety, handling and braking. Points are awarded for passing each event category, and additional points can be earned for relative performance in events. The maximum number of points that can be earned is 1,850. The defending champion of the competition is the University of Wisconsin, Madison with 1,081 points in 2004.

The SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge began in 2000; this year’s host is Michigan Technological University.

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