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Flashback: Testing Arctic Cat ProCross Prototypes in the Spring of 2010


(8/20/2013)

Arctic Cat's Larry Coltom & Ryan Hayes with prototypes in 2010. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Tuesday, March 30, 2010. The springtime ice on the Lake of the Woods near Warroad, Minn., is dark, with 10-ft. gaps between it and the shoreline where Arctic Cat engineers Larry Coltom (left) and Ryan Hayes are testing prototype ProCross and ProClimb snowmobiles.

 

Prototype testing of the Arctic Cat ProCross in 2010. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The deteriorating ice conditions will soon force the various engineering crews to move to Colorado’s Grand Mesa and to Thompson, Manitoba, to continue development of the prototype machines.

But there are still a few days worth of testing in Minnesota, and on this day Coltom and Hayes are comparing and calibrating the F800 and XF800 prototypes, as well as other 800-class Arctic Cat snowmobiles, on a bay of Lake of the Woods that has been used for decades by Arctic Cat engineering and field test crews racing to beat the oncoming season.

 

Arctic Cat's Larry Coltom and Ryan Hayes testing prototype sleds in 2010. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

I watch the two make pass-after-pass with the machines, testing acceleration from various throttle positions… testing top speed… testing steady-state fuel delivery and myriad other variables.

 

Arctic Cat's Larry Coltom and Ryan Hayes testing prototype sleds in 2010. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What strikes me most as I watch them work is their efficiency and synch. Each knows the exact protocol for a particular test. There are no verbal cues to indicate it’s time to swap machines. Both instinctively know when it’s time and, without so much as a head-nod, simultaneously switch to the other’s sled for another comparison pass.

 

Arctic Cat's Larry Coltom and Ryan Hayes testing prototype sleds in 2010. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

While one refuels the machines, the other makes a calibration change. As Hayes jots notes on his computer, Coltom inspects belt deflection. And so it goes.

Clearly this isn’t their first dance (or their first dance together). Nor will it be their last.



Comments (9):

Chris Ritz says:
8/20/2013 12:00:00 PM

I can attest to the dedication of these guys. Ryan has been a HUGE help to me converting a F1000 engine to a carbed version for my race boat. Hats off to Ryan and Larry!
Scott Watters says:
8/20/2013 3:21:00 PM

These articals are so neat to read and see field testing pictures.Thanks again John and keep up the nice work!
JCurrier says:
8/21/2013 12:14:00 AM

I guess someone HAS to do this... After all these are CATS.

Jim Dimmerman says:
8/21/2013 5:27:00 AM

Don't kid yourself, Larry has a transducer and Vexlar mounted in the bellypan of that sled, he's been searching for all the "honey holes" while he's riding....He had that sled clutched in the first 5 minutes he rode it..
( he's just letting junior catch up )....been there.. Jim
AllenO says:
8/21/2013 3:41:00 PM

I wanna see testing on what is being done with all the issues that are going on with the 12-13s. Cause I know frog skins and a new secondary isn't resolving the problems.
AllenO says:
8/21/2013 3:43:00 PM

Otherwise Arctic Cat knows they put out a faulty product with the procrosss.
Tuan says:
10/9/2015 1:14:00 AM

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Tuan says:
10/9/2015 1:14:00 AM

3.92Their design is great and I love my house very much. Furthermore their whksmanroip is very good and now my house is the envy of all.Will you recommend?: yesDid you find this review helpful?
Tuan says:
10/9/2015 1:14:00 AM

3.92Their design is great and I love my house very much. Furthermore their whksmanroip is very good and now my house is the envy of all.Will you recommend?: yesDid you find this review helpful?

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