With a brand new engine and chassis set-up for the 2013 Challenge, anticipation was high for the team during the weeks leading up to the annual collegiate design competition held at the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) at Michigan Technological University. The year of hard work has finally paid off with a 1st place overall finish, which was highlighted with the “Most Practical” award. This year’s competition snowmobile, the Bucky ACE Turbo, was very consistent the entire competition week, finishing the endurance run and achieving 17.5mpg (E66 fuel), lasting through the torturous dyno emissions event, earning 2nd in sound with 73dBA, and proving to be an enjoyable ride for the judges. Special thanks go out to all of our very supportive sponsors- they are what made this great success possible!

Pictured is team member Mike Solger driving the 2013 Bucky ACE Turbo in the internal combustion handling event at the 2013 Clean Snowmobile Challenge (Photo Credit to Michigan Technological University)

MTU Press Release: SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2013 Results
UW-Madison engineering students win 2013 Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Internal Combustion Snowmobile Awards:

1st Place Overall
Blue Ribbon Coalition "Most Practical Solution"
2nd Place - Sound
2nd Place - Oral Presentation
4th Place - Lab Emissions
4th Place - Fuel Economy