The 1980 Finncat snowmobile
Manufactured by Finncat Vehicule Oy of Posantie,
The 1980 Finncat featured an unusual technological innovation: with no
directional skis, it was guided and driven by the track, which consisted of
two segments of pleated plastic. The segments stretched like an accordion
and were joined longitudinally like a spinal column. Four guide wheels
mounted on a directional pivot traveled along the centre of the track to
provide steering. Two sprockets and the back gave the vehicle its forward
power. The track would stretch to the right or left to turn the vehicle in
the desired direction.
Body and shell made of a single moulded piece of fibreglass, reinforced with
Drive train motor, transmission, and drive shaft located under the seat.
Drive located on the left side with a drive shaft leading to the central
Note: Finland is one of four principal
users of the snowmobile in addition to Canada, the United States, and Japan.