I was at Arctic Cat’s recently expanded engine production (and engineering) facility in St. Cloud, Minn., earlier this week for a ribbon cutting featuring various dignitaries from the St. Cloud area and Arctic Cat.
The occasion was to celebrate the makeover and expansion of the St. Cloud facility; thank the great employees are designing machines and building engines there; and "rev the engine" of a company that's going full-gas down the patch set forth by CEO/President Chris Metz.
Based on what I saw on computer monitors of CAD designers at St. Cloud, and what I gleaned from conversations with several engineers, this is going to be a fun, wild ride! Yep, there’s A LOT of cool stuff coming.
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Listen to the detailed info Robby Gordon offers on the new RG PRO suspension (and other improvements) on the 2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat X.
Here's 4 days of the Arctic Cat booth at the 50th Anniversary of Sno Baron's Hay Days compressed into 47 seconds.
(BTW, I'm the guy in the green shirt.)
The all-new, Robby Gordon-inspired RG PRO rear suspension is the heart of the new 2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat X EPS and 4X EPS models. Very similar in design to many Trophy Truck rear suspensions, it's designed and built for professional level pounding and, yes, racing.
Click here for the nitty gritty details on it, as well as the new ROPS cage, KING gas shocks, ITP tires, KMC wheels and other chassis improvements.
Arctic Cat announced today its new 2017 Wildcat X EPS models featuring the stamp of off-road racing legend Robby Gordon.
That "stamp" is the all-new RG PRO rear suspension. It's complemented by other cool new technology, including:
-KING gas shocks
-Race-inspired ROPS cage
-Custom 15-in. KMC wheels with 27-in. ITP Ultracross tires
-Extra bracing and gusseting to withstand the pro-level beating these machines are built for.
Click to launch into the details.
Today Arctic Cat unveiled the new 2017 Wildcat 4X featuring an all-new RG PRO rear suspension and a host of improvements, such as:
-KING gas shocks
-New ROPS cag
-Custom KMC wheels and ITP Ultracross 27-in. tires
-beefed up chassis bracing
Click for the juicy details.
Today Arctic Cat announced another addition to its 2017 line of Alterra ATVs: the new mid-sized Alterra 300.
Big on value, low on price. Gonna hit the sweet spot for people who want a no-frills machine.
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In addition to unveiling two race sleds for 2017 at Hay Days last weekend, Arctic Cat also unveiled the M 9000 King Cat: a 162-in. track mountain machine powered by the new 9000-Series turbo triple 4-stroke.
The newest bodywork...the exclusive auto-adjusting TEAM clutch system...lowered driveshaft...narrower running boards...revised bellypan for a further-forwad foot placement...for a certain type of deep snow rider, this machine is the ultimate answer to their deep snow prayers.
Click to high mark all the key info.
Leave it to Arctic Cat to be the first OEM to debut a purpose-built snocross race sled with EFI.
Yep, snocross race sled engine technology just leaped into the 21st century.
Click for all the details on the 2017 ZR 6000R SX snocross race whip.
Arctic Cat debuted its 2017 cross-country racing whip at Hay Days this past weekend. As the defending champion of pretty much everything in USXC racing, the '17 ZR 6000R XC is not a machine that's resting upon its laurels.
New for this coming year:
Gen II bodywork; FOX ZERO 1.5 QS3 ski shocks with Kashima coating; and a whole bunch of other detail improvements.
Click for the details.
The Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Germain, Wis., announced its four inductees for 2017: Burt Bassett, Bill Bickford, Pat Hauck and John Hooper.
Great men all...these four honorees will be inducted into the SHOF on Feb. 18, 2017, in St. Germain, coinciding with the annual Ride With The Champs and other events .
I might be a little biased, but I'm here to tell you that this event is great fun, full of human goodness and a special opportunity to be among awesome machines and people. Other than myself, everyone there will be really cool.
Click for the career highlights of the 2017 inductees.
What's faster, the new turbocharged Arctic Cat ZR 9000 Thundercat, or a Ford GT? Nissan GT-R? C7 Stingray? How about an Audi S4?
Actually, no contest. The Thundercat crushed them all in the quarter-mile, with a full 2.4 seconds elapsing before the next quickest vehicle crossed the line.
World's Fastest Snowmobile!
I'm PUMPED about the new RG PRO rear suspension that's launching on the next Arctic Cat Wildcats. Robby Gordon knows off-road racing. Can't wait to see how it transfers to the Wildcat.
Answers?!? I hope you have some!
Every year the Sno Baron's Hay Days serves up the first BIG taste of winter and snowmobiling.
With this being the 50th Anniversary and all, I thought I'd ask YOU some of the key questions about what EXACTLY will go down this weekend in North Branch, Minn.
Click to to join the curiosity.
Everything old is new again, and one-piece snowmobile suits have once again become all the rage.
The new PRO MTN Suit from Arctic Cat is a pretty thoughtful alternative to the rather, uh, LOUD options available from other brands.
Click to check out some details.
Having ridden UTVs with and without a roof, I can tell you firsthand that having a roof is a must. Shade being the key benefit, although the protection for precipitation and style benefits are nice too.
Click to get the skinny on the new Prowler & HDX Roof from Arctic Cat.
How about a 5.16-sec./138.1-mph run in just 660 feet? Sounds pretty tasty.
How about doing that naturally aspirated? Delicious!
That's what John Reid's Arctic Cat Thundercat with a Hooper-built 1404cc triple hit this summer.
Click to read the details.
The Sandberg family was on vacation this past week, for a nice trip to Copper Harbor, Mich. During the 20-or-so hours of driving, I couldn't help but chuckle at how differently we see the world through our truck's windshield.
She sees cute houses, coffee shops, gardens, restaurants, school buildings (she's a teacher) and people.
Conversely, I see snowmobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, ATVs, trail signs and old cars/trucks.
Click to read a little more.
Of course #20FootTucker and #WaitingForWinter guy had to race down the Giant Slide during the State Fair action of their summer road trip.
And where I'm from, the State Fair is the last hurrah of summer...time for a seasonal change to autumn.
As noted in this recent story about a trip to TRF, Arctic Cat engineer and vintage sled business owner Greg Spaulding will auction off his collection of 140-plus vintage sleds.
The auction is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, near St. Hillaire, Minn.
Click to see a full list of machines that are going on the block.