Earlier this week, I took a quick trip to Thief River Falls (SEE TRIP REPORT HERE) and met up with Ben Langaas, who is an engineering lead on the High Performance snowmobile team.
When I’m around guys like Ben who are engineers, but also race the product they work on daily to develop, it makes me feel really good about Arctic Cat snowmobiles and those involved in R&D.
Ill digress a bit, but I recently watched a video from another OEM race manager who said they race for a couple reasons: Marketing (What Wins on Sunday Sells on Monday) and they race to develop the product for consumers (R&D).
After watching/hearing this, I thought, “Hell, Arctic Cat has been living that mantra for decades.” – And knowing passionate performance guys like Ben, and the Team Arctic racers he works with, that continues to give me the good feeling I mentioned about the brand.
“THE FIRST RACE HAPPENED WHEN THE SECOND SNOWMOBILE WAS BUILT.” – ROGER SKIME
You’ll want to turn your volume up to 11 as Dalton Fredrickson takes Chad Lian’s ZR Mod out for a rip…the idle was ear piercing, but the behind-the-trailer BRAAAAAAAP just echoed off the trees! Just wait for that glorious sound!! Last season Chad Lian finished year end points 8th in Pro Open and 6th in Pro Factory 600. He was also the winner of the 2019 Pine Lake opener.
Good Luck Team Arctic cross country racers this season! The COR Powersports Pine Lake opener is January 1-2. Look for the Team Arctic race releases on ArcticInsider this season. – Kale
The 99 and Olsen sleds are running different front end plastics with no headlights. Chassis configuration might be a little different with handlebars further forward but hard to tell. Also tail lights are seat mounted.
The RH side panel on the 99 looks gigantic, for some reason. And yes, it sounds fantastic.
Some interesting stuff on display, to say the least.
I think the side panel looks bigger because the sled has been lowered for ice racing. The taillight gets moved to the seat to prevent it from getting knocked out from behind during braking while entering corners.
After watching/hearing this, I thought, “Hell, Arctic Cat has been living that mantra for decades.”
need a new mantra. last to decades of that mantra just haven’t went cats way. or did it? cat won on sunday, and textron bought them on a monday.
#99 is a converted ZR6000R-SX snocrosser. diffferent bodywork than trail based ZR6000R-XC
How’d Pine Lake go?