here is some info on it! the adrenalin was pumping in Lino Lakes on September 11th as Polaris Industries made its public introduction to its new race sled for the ‘05 season. Polaris supports the race teams and takes the recommendations of each racer right back to the factory. By taking the issues from the 2004 440 Pro XR and developing team goals for improved handling and increased engine power, Polaris delivers the 2005 440 IQ Racer.
Polaris had a vision to produce a race sled that would adapt to the way you ride, make a statement with an aggressive muscular style while housing a high performance engine, and to become the industry leading race sled for ride and handling. Maximumsled Sled believes Polaris has delivered all this and more with the ‘05 model.
IQ Rider select ergonomics includes a console that slopes forward for added knee clearance and a new seat and 3.5 gallon fuel tank design for improved body position which allows the driver to have better control and to move forward through the turns. The new IQ Rider select race seat is a two step seat for standup riding and improved corning which is 1-inch higher than last year’s model. Its sleek and narrow seat style is made of durable Cordura material on the lower side, Tough-Tech material for traction on the mid side and STX material for grip on the top side. The rider select adjustable steering allows the rider to put more weight forward when needed which equals more ski pressure and improved cornering while accelerating. Riders can ‘roll’ the chassis with less effort to reduce fatigue.
Polaris has integrated a hidden front bumper to prevent catching the snow and slowing down the vehicle. The upper bulkhead tube frame has a patent-pending hidden design with and easy grip under the belly pan.
The new IQ Race Chassis is equipped with ‘over-the-engine’ steering for easy movement. The exhaust is ceramic coated for even heat dissipation. A 4130 chromoly tubular chassis delivers strength and weight savings. Vents are functional for cooling the clutches, brake, and engine. The enhancements of the IQ chassis make this machine even more functional with an easy to read tachometer with 5” display. The tach is facing almost straight up so that it is easy to read while standing. The new console design provides easy access to the tether, recoil, choke and fuel. Similar to Fusion design, the IQ Race Chassis has easy access side panels for easier service to the chain case, clutch and brake system.
Racer feedback told Polaris’s R&D department that they wanted a race sled with an improved ride with less bottoming and predictable handling. While the Pro-XR gave that, the new IQ Race Sled offers even more. The IQ has increased the ground clearance by 2.5-inches which, in turn, will prevent snow drag. The IQ front suspension is very unique and is designed to give the racers to get what they requested. The IQ IFS is incorporated with a patent-pending variable castor. This enhances stability and gives more predictable handling. The non-parallel, unequal length control arms will give the sled better control, zero front scrub, and no bump steer.
Other features and benefits of the new IQ design include:
The new front suspension features new Walker Evans shocks with an easy-grip adjuster knob that has 16-click adjustments. It provides quick adjustments with 30% more range than the previous design.
The IQ Rear suspension has 14-inches of travel and has new IQ suspension RTS Control Arms for more durability.
The rear suspension also has larger body Walker Evans Compression Adjustable shocks with improved 12-click adjustment. The larger volume gives the shock less fading for better performance. They also feature adjustable shock rods to change the motion ratio of the shock to fit individual riding style.
The 440 Liberty Engine features a new crankcase design with a larger intake and new high-flow V-Force Reeds fed by the new IQ High-Flow airbox. Improved exhaust ports and a new head design offer increased power. All of this gives the new 440 Liberty a 6% HP increase in midrange and top-end.
The patented “Dragon” ignition system heats the pipe for better hole-shots from the starting line and has helped racers win at the X-Games and Sno-X events in Stock and Mod classes.
The Phantom L/C dual piston caliper has Type-81 pads and a low retraction piston design. It is fed by an all-new Cyclone master cylinder with sight level gauge and a new ergo-friendly 20-degree angle lever. The new Cyclone master cylinder has a cast aluminum body for more durability, better sealing and fewer parts than the previous Hayes brake system. The patented ‘blinking’ sight glass notifies when fluid service is needed.
Polaris tells us that the 440 IQ Racer has a 15% reduction in parts and is easier assemble, install the engine and suspensions, drivetrain and more making the sled easier to manufacture. All tuning and service areas are easier to access, so track-side tuning should be faster.
Many racers were involved with the project, including DJ Eckstrom, Justin Tate, Levi LaValle, Carl Schubitzke and TJ Gulla. The feedback that Polaris got from the racers was improved ability to turn under power, more stability, less bottoming, light-weight and sporty feel, faster handling and very predictable in the air.
Tom Rager, Race Director at Polaris commented that during his initial test ride, former Ski-Doo rider Brad Pitlik was very conservative at first while riding on the wood chip track, but picked up momentum lap after lap. After a combination of a few laps and adjustments by the race team mechanics, Brad was burning up the track! When he was finished he came back into the pits and told the race team that he is ready to race this sled tomorrow!!! At the end of the press conference, Pat Bourgeois commented that Tom has never been happier with the 440 Race Sled.