1900162_696058383769964_467410949_nIf you’re following our Facebook page, you’ve probably seen our images from the 2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge that took place at the beginning of March. The event allows engineering students from schools across the region to re-engineer existing snowmobile for improved fuel economy, lower emissions and reduced noise levels without sacrificing performance.

The future engineers are judged on rating emissions, noise, fuel economy, endurance, acceleration, handling, static display, cold start, and various design factors. Aside from the standard challenge, there is a zero-emissions category (for battery-powered sleds), which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, according to Michigan Tech’s website. They also list the participating universities:

If you’re following our Facebook page, you’ve probably seen our images from the 2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge that took place at the beginning of March. The event allows engineering students from schools across the region to re-engineer existing snowmobile for improved fuel economy, lower emissions and reduced noise levels without sacrificing performance.

The future engineers are judged on rating emissions, noise, fuel economy, endurance, acceleration, handling, static display, cold start, and various design factors. Aside from the standard challenge, there is a zero-emissions category (for battery-powered sleds), which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, according to Michigan Tech’s website. They also list the participating universities:

Internal Combustion: Clarkson University, École de technologie supérieure, Kettering University, Michigan Technological University, North Dakota State University, Northern Illinois University, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Idaho, University of Minnesota–Duluth, University of Waterloo, University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Wisconsin–Platteville

Zero-Emissions: Clarkson University, McGill University, Michigan Technological University, Queen’s University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Fairbanks at Bristol Bay

1958386_696058640436605_1675063937_nThis year, North Dakota State University ranked first in the fuel economy results with 28.68 miles per gallon (diesel), and Kettering University—which is located in nearby Flint, Michigan—took first place for overall internal combustion results. The March 1, 2014, cover of SAE Magazine Momentum for Student Members covers the Clean Snowmobile challenge and has additional information about the winners.

As a leading supplier of automotive paint-system solvent-recycling programs and a global leader in custom fuel-blending services for product development and emission-control testing, we believe events such as this are crucial to the longevity of the industry.

We believe in supporting the next generation of engineers, ideas and STEM, so we’re happy to help—in fact, this marks the twelfth year that Gage Products has sponsored the event at Michigan Technological University. Be sure to subscribe to our blog (on the top right of this page) for more information about upcoming events and what we’re up to.

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