The Honda Mean Mower
The faster way to mow your lawn
In 2014, Team Dynamics Motorsport, the team that runs Honda’s cars in the British Touring Car Championship, decided to have some fun and work on something a little different in their spare time. The result was one of the craziest lawn mowers the world had probably ever seen.
Named, "The Mean Mower," it was loosely based on a standard HF2620 riding mower, but had been given a new chassis made from high-strength steel, suspension and wheels from a Honda ATV, and four-wheel braking. For the engine, they decided to use a 109-HP 996cc V-twin engine from a Honda VTR Super Hawk, because of its combination of power and the ability to fit in the space left by the standard tractor’s 20-hp V-twin. The transmission was a bike-derived, six-speed sequential gearbox with electric actuation.
The Mean Mower subsequently broke the world-speed record for the world's fastest lawn mower, topping out at 116 MPH (186.684 KPH) with a 0-60 time of around 4 seconds.
Mean Mower V2
In 2019, Team Dynamics decided to come back, and make another mower. Their goal was simple: more speed. For what they dubbed the "Mean Mower V2," they decided to go big or go home. For the engine, they chose a 1.0 liter 190-HP unit, from a CBR1000RR Fireblade SP sports bike. The rest of the powertrain, including the gearbox, clutch, ECU, and LCD instrument panel also came from the CBR.
With a weight of only 309 pounds (140.16 kilograms), the Mean Mower V2's power to weight ratio bests that of the Bugatti Chiron. It's little wonder that the Mean Mower V2 is now the official Guinness World Record holder for the fastest lawn mower to 100 mph, managing the feat in just 6.29 seconds. Honda also claims that with enough road, the mower would top out at around 150 MPH (241.40 KPH).
Oh yeah. And it has carbon fiber mower blades, so it can actually cut grass.
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