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Clean Snowmobile Team Takes Fourth

Powerful two-stroke takes second in fuel economy, service emissions and object handling

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) team has competed in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge since 2001 to produce a more environmentally friendly snowmobile. Last March, Idaho faced off against 21 other universities in Houghton, Michigan, in events ranging from acceleration and fuel-economy to in-lab emissions and sound testing.

Once again, the Vandals brought a powerful two-stroke, which goes against the typical four-stroke choice of most schools but fits more in line with consumer demand. This tradition is all about impacting the industry by engineering a vehicle that people enjoy riding.

Overall, the team placed fourth out of 13 gasoline snowmobiles. Highlights of Idaho’s achievements include second-place finishes in fuel economy, in-service emissions, and object handling, as well as first-place in the oral presentation.

The main challenge at the competition was the drive-by sound test, which was only passed by two gasoline sleds. In the in-lab emissions event, which is notoriously difficult for two-strokes, Idaho was just three points shy of the E-score minimum of 175.

This year, the team is eager to hammer out the issues from the past competition and shoot for first, driven by hungry seniors and a fresh batch of first-year members.

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