We recently told you all about the changes taking place in the automobile industry, but a similar industry is going through its own changes. The 14th Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge recently took place at Michigan Tech, and it gave us a great look at how the snowmobile industry is evolving.
At this event engineering students from a selection of different schools are tasked with reengineering a stock snowmobile. They generally focus on reducing noise and emissions, and manufacturing a snowmobile with better fuel economy. They do this while making sure that the fun factor of the popular winter recreational vehicle is retained. This year’s challenge also included a category for zero-emission, battery-powered sleds that are frequently used by researchers during expeditions to the North Pole.