Clean Snowmobile Challenge


Congratulations to all 2017 Clean Snowmobile Challenge Participants

MacLean-Fogg was proud to be back for the third year in a row to sponsor the 2017 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge event held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. Now in its 18th year, the event, which was held March 6th – 11th, hosted nearly 200 competitors from 21 schools representing the United States and Canada.
The overall goal of this competition is to spawn new ideas and innovative technology that can be implemented on an industry-wide basis while giving students real world teaming experiences and production challenges. This year, the challenge thrusted teams to the outer boundaries of engineering in three unique categories – Internal Combustion (IC), Diesel and Zero Emissions Engines.
In August of last year, each University began preparing for the competition. Just seven short months later, the modified sleds were tested over five grueling days in areas such as: fuel economy, emissions, cold start, noise, acceleration, overall design, and handling. After all of the events were finalized and judge’s scores tallied, an extravagant awards banquet was held on Saturday night with over 20 awards handed out for various achievements. The overall winner in the IC Engines category, Ecole de technologie superieure (Montreal, QC), received the prestigious MacLean-Fogg Cup and $1,000 prize. This is the first time an international university has won possession of The Cup. Previous winners of the MacLean-Fogg Cup have been Kettering University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The names of all winning schools since the competition inception are immobilized on The Cup.
The MacLean-Fogg Cup is a custom work by Detroit based artist Sergio De Giusti’s.  Mr De Giusti’s work has been widely exhibited in both the United States and Europe, including: The Detroit Institute of Art, The Newark Museum, The Tampa Museum, The Smithsonian, The British Museum in London, The Minnesota Museum of Art, The Council of Cultural Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden, The Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, Hungary, and at The Institute of Culture in Zacatecas, Mexico.
The MacLean-Fogg Cup is cast out of bronze, honoring the copper mining heritage of the Keweenaw Peninsula, where the Clean Snowmobile Competition is held.  A close look at the trophy will reveal intersecting tracks evoking the trails left by snowmobiles on fresh snow. Learn more about the history of The MacLean-Fogg Cup:
Congratulati​ons to all of the participating teams in this year’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge. MacLean-Fogg is looking forward to next year’s innovative designs.
About MacLean-Fogg
Founded in 1925, MacLean-Fogg is a worldwide enterprise currently operating 40 global manufacturing facilities across 5 continents with annual sales in excess of one billion (USD) and a workforce of over 4,000 people. MacLean-Fogg is a privately held enterprise headquartered in Mundelein, IL USA and is comprised of two primary businesses, MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions and MacLean Power Systems. MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions (MFCS) is a leading manufacturer of fastener components, engineered components and engineered plastics for automotive, heavy truck, and other diverse industries. MacLean Power Systems (MPS) is a leading manufacturer of products for electric utility, telecommunications and civil markets.
About SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge
The SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) program is an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The program provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their engineering design and project management skills by applying learned classroom theories in a challenging competition that tests their designs to re-engineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise. Participants’ modified snowmobiles will compete in a variety of events including emissions, noise, fuel economy/endurance, acceleration, handling, static display, cold start and design. The CSC Rules Committee makes changes to the competition each year to keep the competition fresh and to present new engineering challenges. CSC is primarily an "engine" competition however the underlying theme has remained consistent to engineer a clean and quiet trail sled. Current trail sleds are engineered to these standards, but it is possible to achieve more. Noise levels can be reduced and cleaner fuels can lead to lower emissions. Learn more at


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