SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

March 5-10, 2018 │ Houghton, MI USA │ KRC Keweenaw Research Center

Action Deadlines

  Opens Closes
Team Registration October 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM EDT November 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST
Design Paper & MSRP    February 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST
Fast Track Roster Affiliation   February 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

Submission Procedures

Teams competing the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge must submit the following documents online through  The standard submission format is located on

Below is a breakdown of what each website is for and the information that is required on each. Please let us know if you have any questions and we will be clear up any problems/concerns. You can contact with your problems/comments/concerns. Website Actions

  1. Complete team registration
  2. Update team website and social media
  3. Pay your team invoice
  4. Affiliate all members through Team Profile
  5. Reprint your team invoice
  6. Print registration confirmation letter
  7. Print participation certificate
  8. Print Fast Track roster Website Actions

  1. Affiliate those submitting documents
  2. Affiliate those asking rules questions
  3. Ask rules questions
  4. Submit required documents

Understanding the Cancellation Process

Please be advised that NO REFUNDS will be given if your team withdraws from a competition. Non-Refundable Registration Fees Policy still applies to teams withdrawing from active Registered Team List.

If you add your team to any waitlists and register for another, registration fees WILL NOT be transferable. We will also not transfer teams or registration fees between competitions. If your team has the option to become active on the registered team list for the competition, you will be required to pay a second registration fee and vice versa.

Should your team decide to withdraw OR to be taken off the waitlist for any competition, please notify at least six weeks prior to competition date.  Notifying us allows another team on the Wait List to be offered your spot.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Hosted by: Michigan Technological University

Monday, March 5

Start Time End Time Activity Meeting Place
8:00 AM 7:00 PM Teams arrive, registration opens, technical Inspections begin for Diesels first then IC sleds KRC/T3/T5
8:00 AM 8:00 PM AVL Lab Emissions Event for DUC T5
5:30 PM 6:00 PM Tyco Fire Safety Presentation KRC/T3
6:00 pm 8:00 PM "Early Volunteers" Reception Joey's Seafood, Houghton
Shop open until Midnight Pizza for students in the shop  

Tuesday, March 6

Start Time End Time Activity Meeting Place
7:30 am   Judges Meeting KRC/T3
8:00 am 8:00 pm AVL Lab Emissions Event for DUC, Gage Products IC Fueling T5
10:00 am   *Grand Opening Event*
Gasoline Endurance Run to Copper Harbor
4:00 pm 6:00 pm Late Lunch and discussion about future CSC competitions
Sponsored by Horiba Instruments
Bonfire Steakhouse/Franklin Square
Return to KRC - Shop open 6:00 pm until Midnight  

Wednesday, March 7

Start Time End Time Activity Meeting Place
7:30 am   Presentation Judges Meeting KRC Bldg 69
8:00 am 5:00 pm Design Presentations KRC Bldg 69
8:00 am 5:00 pm AVL Lab Emissions Event IC sleds
Sensors Inc. In-Service Emissions
10:00 am 11:00 am Technical Presentation/Chalk Talk Bosch Engineering KRC/T3
8:00 am 5:00 pm Make-Up Endurance Miles must be completed by 5:00 pm KRC/T3
Noon   Lunch for the Presentation Judges
Courtesy of Michigan Tech Career Services
KRC Bldg 69
Noon   Lunch in the shop Cincinnati Chili
Courtesy of The PCB Group
Student Registration ends at Noon  
1:00 pm 3:00 pm DUC Draw Bar Pull KRC/T3
4:00 pm 6:00 pm Networking with Industry KRC/T3
6:00 pm 8:00 pm *Snowmobile Public Display*
Light refreshments will be served
Courtesy of the Michigan Tech Graduate School and Career Services
Shop open until Midnight KRC/T3

Thursday, March 8

Start Time End Time Activity Meeting Place
7:30 am   Presentation Judges Meeting KRC Bldg 69
8:00 am Noon PCB, HEADacoustics, and Great Lakes Sound and Vibration Noise Event KRC/T3
8:00 am 5:00 pm Design Presentations KRC Bldg 69
Noon 4:00 pm Polaris Subjective Handling Event KRC/T3
8:00 am 5:00 pm Emissions Events (continued) KRC/T5
10:00 am 11:00 am Technical Presentation/Chalk Talk Faurecia KRC/T3
Noon   Pasty Lunch KRC/T3
1:30 pm 2:30 pm

Altair Presentation
“Lightweighting Through Topological Optimization”

KRC Bldg 69
5:00 pm 7:30 pm SAE Milwaukee Section Meeting

Presentation by Oshkosh Corp.
Announcements for Special Awards Finalists
Mandatory Attendance

Fisher Hall 135
  Dinner provided for registered students and volunteers
Provided by Michigan Tech MEEM Department
Shop open until Midnight  

Friday, March 9

Start Time End Time Activity Meeting Place
9:00 am  

Judges Meeting to prepare for Diesel Endurance

9:00 am 5:00 pm Emissions Events (continued) KRC/T5
10:00 am Noon Diesel Endurance Event KRC/T5
10:00 am 11:00 am Technical Presentation

Sound Quality
HEAD Acoustics Inc.


Beef Bar-B-Que courtesy of the Iowa Snowmobile Association

1:00 pm 6:00 pm Open time to enjoy the Keweenaw
Mt. Ripley Ski Hill, Dollar Bay Motorsports
Dan's Polaris, Houghton Powersports, M&M Powersports
5:00 pm 6:00 pm VIP Tours of MEEM Building MEEM
6:00 pm 8:00 pm VIP/Volunteer Reception Magnuson Franklin Square 7th Floor
Shop open until Midnight Sleds Outside by Midnight Students dinner on your own

Saturday, March 10

Start Time End Time Activity Meeting Place
8:00 am 8:30 am NGK/NTK Cold Start Event Outside KRC/T3
8:30 am 10:00 am Emission Testing (if necessary) KRC/T5
10:00 am   * Polaris Acceleration event* KRC Test Course
11:00 am   * Polaris Objective Handling event* KRC Test Course
Noon   Judges Meeting to Review Scoring and Penalties KRC T1
6:30 pm   *Awards Banquet*
Banquet Meals for the students courtesy of the PCB Group
MUB Ballroom
* Public Viewing Opportunities*

Rules & Important Documents

The SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Rules, Required Document Templates and Competition Resources can now be found by visiting the Series Resources tab at


Student Career Center

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FAQ Guides

The FAQ guides have been created for use by SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge competitors.  If you have reviewed the FAQ guide and still have questions regarding a process, email for more direction.

SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge FAQ Guides 

Rules Questions

Ask rules questions by going to and clicking "Submit a Rules Question."

SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Forums

The SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Forums are a great place to discuss competition-related items with fellow competitors and alumni.


When using the SAE International Logo and the Collegiate Design Series Word Mark's (i.e.: Baja SAE) please adhere to the Guidelines that are in each folder. If your team has any questions please contact Thank you.

SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Word Mark & Guidelines

For other questions, please email

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Houghton, MI 49931

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Visa Requests

Affiliated CDS Student Team Members will have the ability to print out a Registration Confirmation Letter for the individual event(s) that they are attending. Once a student team member affiliates themselves to their teams profile page under their individual edit section. They will have the opportunity to print out their personalized letter with the following information: Student's Name, the School's Name, the SAE Event Name, Official Dates and Location(s).

Please be advised that SAE International cannot intervene with, or call or send personal letters to, the State Departments, Embassies or Consulates of the United States or other governments on behalf of any meeting or event participant.

Spectator Policy

Drone use is prohibited at all SAE Collegiate competitions unless under contract with SAE International.

A "spectator" is defined as anyone who is not (1) a volunteer with event operating responsibilities, or (2) a member of a team with the proper credentials/identification. In most cases event operating volunteers and team members can be identified by their t-shirts, uniforms or credentials.

Spectators are welcome to observe CDS competitions from within the designated spectator areas and other parts of the site to which they are granted access. Spectators may not enter the course area. Spectators must obey the spectator rules and site use rules at all times and follow the instructions of the competition organizers and marshals.

Permitted Access - Spectators may enter:

  1. Designated spectator areas - Spectator areas are always outside the course.
  2. Team paddocks
  3. Parking lots, food vendor areas, rest rooms and connecting walkways, roads or paths

Restricted Access - Spectators may not enter:

  1. Technical Inspection Area including practice and testing sites
  2. Static Event Areas
  3. Dynamic Event Areas including practice tracks
  4. Any area with signs indicating "Restricted Access" or "No Access"

Spectators may not sit or stand on any barriers or fences. Most venues will have bleachers.

Spectators who enter any restricted area will force an immediate event shut down and may be ejected from the site.

No Exceptions/Removal - There are no exceptions to the spectator rules. If a spectator is caught not following the rules then he/she can be asked to leave the site.

Photographer Policy - Except for credentialed press photographers all photography must be done from within the designated spectator areas. Credentialed press photographers may be granted access to a designated photographer area under the terms of the separate Photographer Policy. Credentialed press photographers must identify themselves to the organizers and/or CDS staff in the registration area and comply with the photographer rules in effect at the event. Photographers who wander outside the spectator and photographer areas will be asked to leave.

Spectator Maps - Maps showing the general layout of the competition site and the location of the Spectator Areas may be available to spectators in the registration area. The Spectator Map will include the Permitted Access and Restricted Access list (above) and the location of those areas.