Arctic Cat has not yet responded to our request for more information, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play one of our favorite games – Rampant Speculation!
Arctic Cat says it plans to invest nearly $27 million in its manufacturing facilities in Thief River Falls and St. Cloud, Minn., resulting in the creation of approximately 50 jobs.
“We are excited to strengthen our Minnesota manufacturing footprint and position the company for continued long-term success,” says Christopher T. Metz, Arctic Cat president and CEO. “We will be adding a new state-of-the-art production line in Thief River Falls and expanding our engine manufacturing operations in St. Cloud, in order to meet the demand for our innovative, quality products. We are grateful to the local leadership of Thief River Falls and St. Cloud, and the state of Minnesota, for their support as we invest in our shared future.”
Team Arctic/D&P Performance race team consisting of Dean Bulloch and Karl Munford raced their stock 2015 Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport to a second-place finish in the Pro UTV class at the King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, Calif.
The race started with 34 UTVs, and after 120 miles of flying through the sand-washed desert, charging up rock-laden hills and crawling through boulder-strewn canyons, only two of the UTVs finished in the allotted time.
Arctic Cat has recalled approximately 40,000 2008-09 ATVs due to an issue with the front gear case. According to the recall notice, components in the front gear case can fail, posing a risk of loss of control and crash hazard.
All model year 2008 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter (cc) and larger engines are being recalled. Model year 2009 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter (cc) and larger engines and with production numbers within the following ranges are being recalled: 200001 through 203861, 808001 through 808137, and X25082 through X30243. The recall affects single-rider and two-up ATVs.
Arctic Cat has issued a recall notice for all of its ATVs manufactured in 2008 and a portion produced in 2009.
According to the recall notice, a component in the front gear box may not meet the company’s standards. There are no confirmed reports of serious injuries traced to the front gear case.
Arctic Cat Wildcat 4 Aluminum Doors
Any Arctic Cat Wildcat owners looking to add a little style and function to their ride may want to check out some new Arctic Cat accessories. The Minnesota-based manufacturer recently unveiled new aluminum doors, roof and decals for its Wildcat Side-by-Side.
Bruce and Tommy Scranton of the Pro Armor/Wildcat Race Team competed in Round 1 of Monster Jam in front of a 60,000 fans at QualComm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
The Pro Armor-equipped Arctic Cat Wildcat is equipped with a Speedwerx clutch, Yoshimura exhaust, GBC tires and Douglas Sector wheels.
Tommy Scranton started in seventh in the first race. He passed most of the competition in the first two laps and on lap three he moved into first place which he held until the finish line! In the second race Scranton started on the front row and took the holeshot. He proceeded to check out in the second race with a dominating win in his Pro Armor prepped WildCat.
We’ve been lucky enough to flog the Arctic Cat Wildcat on some gnarly desert terrain, but not everybody has had the opportunity. If you want to get behind the wheel of this four-wheeled beast, Arctic Cat is hosting a series of Wildcat demos in Southern California’s Imperial Sand Dunes – aka Glamis.
“The new Drive Evolution Wildcat trailer display will be the epicenter of demo ride opportunities, as well as a place where Arctic Cat consumers can relax, and associated aftermarket partners can display their Arctic Cat off-road vehicles and product,” Arctic Cat says in a release.
Arctic Cat is inviting all Side x Side enthusiasts to experience a Wildcat first-hand on the following holiday weekends. More dates will be added in the future.
According to the recall notice, the ATV’s steering tie-rod can bend, which can cause a loss of control. Arctic Cat has received three reports of bent tie-rods, but no reports of injuries have been received.
News of a sporty new side-by-side from Arctic Cat unveiled at a dealer show quickly spread through the off-road media a couple of weeks back, but Arctic Cat was very tight lipped on the matter. Only now has the Minnesota-based manufacturer had anything to say about it.
Below is a press release we received from Arctic Cat about its intriguing new machine. There really isn’t much new information about the vehicle (no pictures were included in the release), though it looks like it may be in dealerships within the next 12 months. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear anything else.
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Arctic Cat showcased an unexpected ROV dubbed “Wildcat” during the close of their 2012 snowmobile dealer show in Nashville, TN.
Arctic Cat has strived to bring innovative designs and technology to their customers since 1962. With 2012 marking the brand’s 50th Anniversary, the bold off-road styling cues of the Wildcat’s bodywork coupled with its aggressive sport stance and interior suggest Arctic Cat will move to the forefront as the industry-leader in the pure sport ROV segment.