Browse Publications Technical Papers 2005-01-3681
2005-10-24

Solutions to the Clean Snowmobile Challenge - What Works? 2005-01-3681

The Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2004 (CSC 2004) was held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, from March 15 - 20, 2004. The Clean Snowmobile Challenge has been a competition in the SAE Collegiate Design Series since 2000, and began in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as a response to rising concerns about snowmobiling in environmentally-sensitive areas.
Teams from fifteen universities competed in CSC 2004. The winning snowmobile (sled) was developed by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and featured a four-stroke engine with electronic fuel injection (EFI), a two-stage tuned muffler, and catalytic exhaust aftertreatment. A hybrid-electric design was used to increase the snowmobile's powertrain output and improve acceleration. [8]
Teams should be competitive in all events to gain enough points to win the competition. The most successful design strategies included use of a four-stroke engine, electronic fuel injection, exhaust catalysts, and various versions of acoustic foam insulation or other sound-damping material.

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