March 18, 2013 Ferndale, MI
Syndicated from CBS Detroit News 3-
Gage Products announced Monday that Clarkson University of Potsdam, N.Y. won the company’s award for best overall fuel economy in the annual SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge.
Seventeen universities from the U.S. and Canada participated in this year’s competition, held March 4-9 at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.
Clarkson University was the fourth place winner overall. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kettering University and the University of Idaho were first, second and third place overall winners.
Gage, a leading supplier of test fuels, paint solvents and paint-system recycling products, has been a Clean Snowmobile Challenge sponsor for 11 consecutive years. The Ferndale-based company also provided alternative fuels to the participating teams.
The Clarkson University team earned the Gage Products Award for achieving 20.2 mpg on the program’s Endurance Run event, running on E66 (66 percent ethanol blended with gasoline).
Other schools participating in this year’s competition included Ecole De Technologie Superieure, North Dakota State University, Northern Illinois University, McGill University, Michigan Technological University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technique, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of Waterloo and University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Held in Michigan since 2002, the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge is hosted by Michigan Tech’s mechanical engineering department and the school’s Keweenaw Research Center. The event, an engineering competition for SAE student members, attracted more than 200 student competitors from colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.
The Clarkson Team incorporated multiple technologies to get the best overall fuel economy numbers, including the Smart Emissions Reducer.