Woodgate, N.Y. – Bigger is better in America and this year our 23rd annual American Snowmobiler / Dynotech New York Shootout was just that, bigger and better … and a little wetter.
We added several monster modified sleds to that side of the event and we had a faceoff between Arctic Cat’s F1100 Turbo 4-stroker and the new Yamaha-approved dealer-installed supercharged Nytro! The battles raged and so did nearly 1,000 fans!
Unfortunately, the weather this year was less than stellar. Where have we heard that before?
But all the fast sleds warmed up the damp 35-degree atmosphere and the rain/sleet/slurt held off until near the day’s end.
We did not have snow this year, but that can’t stop this event!
All four brands were again represented at the event and attendance was nearly double what it was last year despite the dreary conditions. The Shootout is held the same weekend as the Old Forge Snodeo (just down the road) every year and is a great kickoff to winter in the East.
We kept the stock sleds to 1,000 foot runs, due to the lack of lubrication and dialed the trail mod and our new Turbo Time class sleds back to 660 feet. The big Lake Racers we dialed back even further to 500 feet.
They all STILL went fast!
Here’s just a quick look at what went down. For full details subscribers can look behind the wall at www.amsnow.com/shootout, starting later this week. Subscribers also will see a variety of charts in the magazine’s February issue.
This year we had three full classes of stock sleds including the stock 120+ horse, stock 150+ horse and stock unlimited classes. The first two classes had entries from all four OEMs and the big stock unlimited class featured a face-off between the new Yamaha Nytro with its new Yamaha-approved supercharger system (built by MPI) and tuned for lower elevation trail riding and Arctic Cat’s venerable F1100 Turbo.
Each year our dyno guru Jim Czekala of DynoTech Research puts all our stock sleds through the same dyno test at his expert dyno shop in Batavia, N.Y. The sleds are literally right out of the crate and have zero break-in miles on them. This is to ensure fairness, but also means that numbers tend to be down a bit from what is often realized after break-in is complete. The Ski-Doo E-TEC motors, the 4-stroke motors, and CFI and EFI motors all run much stronger once broken in and we have mentioned this is several articles, including the shootout article last year. (See Feb. 2012 p. 24)
We can’t tell you all the winners, but here’s the spoiler alert …
In the 120 Class, Yamaha’s Vector was fastest and quickest, yet there was some surprises after the dealers were given 30 minutes to tune up the sleds. You’ll have to buy the issue or subscribe on line to see more on that.
In the 150 Class, the Arctic Cat F800 Sno Pro took top time and speed honors, and again, other makes made improvements after the dealers had time to make adjustments on the sleds.
In the Unlimited Class, Cat’s F1100 Turbo edged out the Yamaha Nytro. We have dyno numbers and more in the February issue too.
For a full look at the Mod sleds and and how they performed, see the February issue, or subscribers can see the results sooner on the website.