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ISU Clean Snowmobile Challenge Testing

Hi everyone, this is my first post, and I am looking for a lot of help.

I'm Mitchell, Technical Director for Clean Snowmobile Challenge here at Iowa State University. Not sure how many people on this forum know about it, but Clean Snowmobile Challenge is a competition held in March in Houghton, Michigan, where teams from universities all over the country compete. The goal of the competition is to build the sled that has the cleanest emissions and best efficiency. The competition was originally held because snowmobiles were at risk of being banned from national parks due to their noise and mostly two-stroke engines that burned very dirty. Today we are still trying to make the cleanest and quietest snowmobile while retaining the fun and edge of the machine.

The reason I am posting on this thread is because we need to do baseline testing on our sled for this year, before we start making modifications. Baseline testing gives us specs that we can directly compare to when we do testing right before competition following the modifications we make. I was curious if you guys knew of any contacts, or leads to contacts, of people who would be interested in helping us test our sled? Our team does not have access to a dyno for our sled, or the necessary emission equipment to gather the data so we were hoping to reach out to professionals for help. We did some testing with Danfoss at the end of the season last year for cold start testing, and the judges commended us for working with professionals in the industry. We would love for a similar opportunity with anyone who would be willing to help out. We most desperately need a dyno though, and can probably get a emissions tester from the university.

Our sled is a 2018 Arctic Cat ZR-7000 Sno-Pro with the Yamaha triple engine. We need data like max horsepower, max torque, and emissions results. Additionally, depending on the shops' capacity and availability, we would love to do some testing with modifications made to the sled last year installed, along with some tuning with our new standalone ECU. We are located in Ames, Iowa so the closer the shop is to us the better just in terms of keeping travel costs down. Please let me know if you can think of anyone who would be interested in pursuing this with us, and I appreciate you taking the time to read this today. Feel free to email me or call me:

Mitchell Takes
Mechanical Engineering | Iowa State University
Technical Director | SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Phone: 319-804-5148
Email: [email protected]

Here is a link to our page
https://stuorgs.engineering.iastate....an-snowmobile/
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I know of the Clean Snowmobile Challenge because I have been at it before at Michigan Tech as my family is originally from that area.
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