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Clean Snowmobile Challenge SAE and Zero Emission (Electric) Snowmobile
Here’s the problem:

You have a snowmobile, but it’s too loud and pollutes too much to be used in lots of places you want to go.
If you want to ride it in National Parks and other environmentally sensitive areas, you’ll have to modify it.
How? That’s up to you and your team. There are two:

Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Re-engineer a snowmobile’s internal combustion engine to reduce emissions and noise.

As you work toward a solution, you will:
-Get a deep understanding of engines, combustion and propulsion
-Learn in-depth engineering and teamwork skills
-Identify effective strategies to reduce emissions of unburned hyrdrocarbons
-Drive a snowmobile
-Play in the snow

Zero-Emissions Snowmobile
Replace a snowmobile’s internal combustion engine with an electric engine to eliminate emissions and reduce noise.

As you work toward a solution, you will:
-Get a deep understanding of electric drives and motive force
-Learn in-depth engineering and teamwork skills
-Identify effective strategies to maximize horsepower in electric engines
-Drive a snowmobile
-Play in the snow

Environmentally conscious?

Extreme-sport enthusiast?

These are the teams for you.

Both teams’ modified snowmobiles compete in a variety of events that measure emissions, noise, fuel economy/endurance, acceleration, handling, static display, cold start and design.

For the fifth time in the last six years Clarkson University placed in the top four overall.  At the 2013 Clean Snowmobile Challenge held at Michigan Technological University’s Keweenaw Research Center the Clarkson team placed 4th overall in the internal combustion (IC) category.  In addition to finishing fourth overall, the team also claimed top honors for Best Fuel Economy/Endurance and Lowest In-Service Emissions.  In the (ZE) Zero-Emission division of the Clean Snowmobile Challenge the Clarkson Electric Knights placed 5th overall and look to improve on their performance at next year’s competition.


Advisor: Douglas Bohl