Thief River Falls, Minn. – A new 141 mph world speed record with a stock sled on asphalt was set by Team Arctic’s Billy Howard at Empire Dragway in Leicester, NY.
Aboard a stock, race-prepped Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo equipped with an asphalt drag track, boosted turbocharger and tweaks to the clutching, Howard ripped through the quarter-mile with a 140.91 mph/8.863-second elapsed time, setting a new world record for a stock snowmobile.
“When it comes to top speed for a stock sled, nothing comes close to the Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo,” Al Shimpa, Team Arctic drag racing coordinator, said. Billy Howard topped 140 mph in the quarter-mile on his, with an elapsed time that’s quicker than what it took to read this sentence.
“That’s with a stock motor, stock suspensions, stock hood, stock clutches … pretty much stock everything except the boost pressure and the asphalt-only track. There is no other stock snowmobile that can touch these numbers.”