While most snowmobilers are enjoying a late summer BBQ on the deck or a boat ride, six members of the Polaris Snowmobile Test Team returned from a 14-day trip to the rugged Andes mountains in South America.
Eight off-the-line production sleds of the 800 Rush Pro-R and 800 Pro-RMK were air freighted to South America for final confirmation in real world conditions. The team was able to experience true "winter" riding conditions-the same temperatures and riding conditions its customers ride in all season long. What an amazing experience it must have been to ride deep powder in August.
The test team commented, "We've ridden in places all over the world and what we found in the Andes Mountains of South America were areas where no snowmobile has ever been before. We put the eight sleds through their paces over thousands of miles during the trip."
Upon their return, the test riders declared both models winners and confirmed they are ready to ship. Scott Swenson, general manager of the Polaris Snowmobile Division, joined the test riders for a few days of riding during the trip and said, "The sleds worked great and consumers are absolutely going to love them."
During last winter's Demo Tour across the U.S. and Canada, consumers asked Polaris time and time again to build the production sleds exactly the same as what they rode on the Demo Tour. Polaris made a commitment to do that and went all the way to South America to prove it.