How Snowmobiles Work

How Snowmobiles Work

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Like the GPS receiver and the aerosol can, the snowmobile has ­its ­origins in military technology.

The rubber tracks used on off-road military vehicles h­ad proven prac­tical in winter weather, and Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Quebec,­ Canada initially adapted­ this design to create large multi-passenger vehicles.

Over time, Bombardier refined his design. His first “Ski-Doo” sold in 1959 and Bombardier Industries remains a leader in the snowmobile industry today.

­In this article we’ll take a look at how snowmobiles work and find out how they serve as recreation and transportation in cold climates.


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