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Idaho Snowmobile Challenge Team Places Third

April 25, 2022

Our Idaho Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team took third overall in the 2022 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge, marking its tenth year of top placement in the national competition.

Competing against 18 teams from across the U.S. and Canada, the interdisciplinary team was one of three teams to complete every aspect of the weeklong challenge to produce innovative solutions to make a cleaner, quieter and more efficient snowmobile practical for manufacturers and enthusiasts alike. 

The team earned first place in acceleration, second in emissions, first in subjective handling and completed the 100-mile endurance race on one tank of fuel.

“During the competition, our team is completely hands-on,” said Garrett Potts, team co-captain and a mechanical engineering senior. “Having done the work up to this point, we understand the machine and its components. If something goes wrong, we know how to improve it and what to fix.”

U of I teams have been participating since 2001 in the competition, which is now held in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Preparation for the competition is a year-long effort. The U of I Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team meets regularly each week to design, develop and test solutions to reduce emissions and create a quieter snowmobile while maintaining performance and power.

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