The Design and Implementation of Kettering University's Entry into the 2001 Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2001-01-3654
The Snowmobile Team at Kettering University designed its entry into the 2001 Clean Snowmobile Competition to be cleaner and quieter than current snowmobiles, while maintaining the same performance levels expected by consumers. A four-stroke Daihatsu 659cc turbocharged engine was installed into a Yamaha V-max 600 snowmobile. Several modifications to both the engine and to the sled were done to maximize the performance of the two systems when they are merged together.
The overall performance of the sled is comparable to the stock snowmobile. Acceleration is slightly less than the OEM snowmobile, and mass was added to the front of the sled which decreased the handling ability. This is offset, however, by the drastic reduction of harmful exhaust emissions and also by the reduction in the sound level of the sled.
This snowmobile was designed with maintenance and durability in mind. The changes in technology are not apparent to the snowmobile operator, as the snowmobile retains all of the stock snowmobile controls and features. The cost of the snowmobile is estimated as only a slight increase from OEM, as only fully developed technology was used.