A Clean, Quiet, Environmentally Friendly Snowmobile 2002-01-2763
In an attempt to reach a compromise between the views of environmentalists and snowmobile enthusiasts, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Clean Snowmobile Team set out to design a machine that maintains performance while decreasing air and noise pollution. After careful consideration of all possible design avenues, the decision was made to select a four-stroke power plant. In order to optimize the engine's efficiency, an engine control unit was chosen that was both capable and affordable. Engine modifications were made to allow the snowmobile's stock transmission to be used. Alterations were also made to intake, exhaust, and cooling systems to allow the engine to fit comfortably under the snowmobile's stock hood. Modifications were made to the snowmobile's chassis to accommodate the additional mass associated with the four-stroke engine. The final product is a snowmobile that minimizes environmental impact but still has the appearance and performance necessary to satisfy consumers.