While most snowmobilers are enjoying a late summer BBQ on the deck or a boat ride, six members of the Polaris Snowmobile Test Team recently 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. We experienced true “winter” riding conditions – the same temperatures and riding conditions our customers ride on all season long. It was absolutely amazing to experience deep powder in August!
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 us time and time again to build the production sleds exactly the same as what they rode on the Demo Tour. We promised to do that, and went all the way to South America to prove it. We can hardly wait for the snow to fly so consumers can start riding these awesome new sleds.