Clean Snowmobile

Clean Snowmobile Team
2016-17 Clean Snowmobile Team

Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Every March, SAE holds a competition to test and evaluate clean running snowmobiles modified by college students throughout North America. The snowmobiles earn points during design and performance evaluations by SAE judges. The intent of the competition is to develop a snowmobile that is acceptable for use in environmentally sensitive areas. The modified snowmobiles are expected to be quiet, emit significantly less unburned hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide than conventional snowmobiles (without significantly increasing oxides of nitrogen emissions), and maintain or improve the performance characteristics of conventional snowmobiles while running on a 10 to 39 percent Isobutanol blended fuel. The modified snowmobiles are also expected to be cost-effective; so further implementation of noise and emission devices on production snowmobiles is possible. The competition consists of a variety of events including: emissions, noise, fuel economy/endurance, static display, acceleration, handling, cold start, engineering design paper, and an oral design presentation. For further information please visit the Clean Snowmobile Challenge web page.

About Clean Snowmobile

UW-Platteville's Clean Snowmobile SAE Team is a motivated group of undergraduate students from a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, industrial technology management, business administration, and many others.  The Platteville Clean Snowmobile Team is currently involved in modifying a snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise levels, while increasing performance for the national competition held in Houghton, Mich.  The current chassis is a 2009 Ski Doo Rev-XP which is powered by a 2009 600cc E-TEC. The E-TEC engine is currently a flex-fuel engine due to our well-engineered modifications.  Recently, a 2014 Arctic Cat 7000 was acquired, which is powered by a 1050cc four-stroke. This engine is going to be controlled by a stand-alone ECU, which will have to be tuned and modified.  The plan is to have the new Arctic Cat ready for trail testing by early February 2014, and have a strong reliable snowmobile for competition in March.

2017 Clean Snowmobile Achievements

  • 3rd Place Finish Overall Diesel Utility Class
  • Most Sportsmanlike Award
  • Endurance Run Completion
  • Best Hayes Brakes Trail Trac ABS Implementation Award
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2018 Snowmobile captains


Diesel Captain:
Matt Stedl
Agribusiness Student

Recreational Class Captain:
Keegan Fager
Mechanical Engineering Student

Kendall Bentley
Mechanical Engineering Student

SAE: Clean Snowmobile Events

Upcoming Events

Date: Every Wednesday Night
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Engineering Hall 127

Work Nights
Date: Every Wednesday and Friday (during the school year)
Time: 3 p.m. - close
Location: Engineering Hall 128

SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge – Michigan Tech.
Dates: March 6-11, 2017
Location: KRC Keweenaw Research Center, Houghton, MI

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