Some University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) students spent the summer thinking about snow. Members of the Clean Snowmobile Club, they were looking for ways to make their sled cleaner, quieter, and more fuel efficient as they prepare for the 2019 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, March 4–9.
Judged on performance, design, and practicality, the UMD team placed second among the gas-powered machines in 2018. Gifts from donors, including Polaris, Amsoil Inc., DENSO, and BorgWarner, funded the sled, parts, materials, and travel to Houghton, Michigan, for the challenge. “We really can’t do what we do without support from our gracious donors and their awesome contributions,” says club president Jake Krabbenhoft.
Formula for a winning sled
The 2018 modifications included: