Arctic Cat discovered that this design was splendid for mountain riding, however the trail model developed an over heating issue as the heat exchanges were found to be insufficient when ridden on ice and in marginal snow conditions.Though the majority of sleds experienced no issues, this resulted in a class action lawsuit and resulted in an out of court settlement where cat bought back from owners 3200 short track Firecat F-7's.A major redesign of the platform was launched in 2005.With the new redesign came new body work, electronics, rear mounted gas tank and a standard front locking diff, though the chassis in general remained largely unchanged.These sleds featured a lay down type engine which placed the carburetors in front of the engine.which was centered low in the sled to centralize mass and was believed to allow cooler air inlet temperatures.The original design of utility ATVs was offered from 1996 to 2004 and featured single cylinder liquid or air cooled motors from 250 to 500cc's, and all of a common design.
This is a 4V dohc design with no relation to the H1 engine platform.
In 2016, the headquarters was relocated again to a more prominent location in downtown Minneapolis.
Also in 2016, most of the ATV/UTV engineering was moved to St.
They also now offer a line of economy mid size utility atv's which are manufactured by Kymco in Taiwan.
Most models come with both 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive, ride in suspensions, and electronic power steering capabilities.