SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge


Due to rising environmental concerns regarding the use of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, the Clean Snowmobile Challenge was introduced in the winter of 2000 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This event was sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and consisted of universities from across the United States and Canada, all of which arrived with snowmobiles that they had designed and built. The snowmobiles were evaluated in several static and dynamic events, including acceleration, handling, and hill climb events. In 2003, the competition moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and was hosted by the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) just north of Michigan Technological University’s (MTU’s) campus.


Michigan Tech’s team is composed of 37 members from various educational disciplines including Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering, and Business. The team is divided into four sub teams: engine, chassis, drive train, and business. The first three of these teams are focused primarily on the design and fabrication of the snowmobile. The business team, however, is dedicated to public and sponsor relations as well as team dynamics.

Industry Sponsors

General Motors, 3M, Chrysler LLC, DENSO, Alcoa, Arcelor Mittlal, Cummins, Ford Motor Company, Polaris Industries