MnUSA nEWS Minnesota Teams Show Innovation The Clean Snowmobile Challenge team from UMD took fourth place in the internal combustion category. They also won the innovation award for the second year in a row. Two teams from Minnesota took part in the 16th Annual SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, which was held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., from March 3-7, 2015. The teams from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities were among the 21 teams from the US, Canada and Finland to participate in the weeklong event. The competition is a way to showcase creative, new technology for snowmobiles, but also a way for young engineers to get the attention of potential employers. The SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge featured three categories this year: internal combustion, diesel and zero-emissions. Both Minnesota teams competed in the internal combustion class. During the competition, the machines and students are pushed to the limits with tests such as a 100-mile endurance ride; technical presentations on emissions and design parameters; subjective handling; acceleration; and scientific testing of emission levels and sound levels. The University of Wisconsin-Madison team won the Internal Combustion Engine Division. The UMD team took fourth — a bit of an improvement over their 8th place finish in 2014. The Twin Cities team finished 10th overall; this is the first time in many years that a team has come from the U’s main campus. North Dakota State took first place in the diesel category and Lapland University in Finland won the zero-emissions class. This was the second year of particpation for the UMD team, and the second year in a row that they won the Innovation Award. In 2014, they won it for a drive sprocket design. This year, they recieved the award for their exhaust gas recirculation system and water breach dynamometer. These features also were named the innovation most likely to be manufactured. They started with a 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 7000 RR. The U of M Twin Cities team won an award for safety. It used a 2015 Polaris Indy 600 SP. Plans are underway for the 2016 event, which will again be held at Michigan Tech beginning March 7, 2016. MnUSA supports this competition with a financial donation. The Heart of the Snowmobiling World Great Trails • Great Accommodations • Great Times If you’re not here, you’re not snowmobiling! Home of Polrais Industries & Polaris Experience Center Gift Shop & Exhibits - Open Mon-Sat Plant Tours - Open Mon-Fri 2pm • AmericInn - 800.634.3444 • North Country Inn - 888.300.2196 • Roseau Motel - 218.463.2196 Check us out on the web: or call 800.815.1824 12 Minnesota Snowmobiling