Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Honda Mean Mower, the 109bhp grass cutter from hell, sets new Guinness World Record

Honda Mean Mower
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With its top speed of 187km/h, the Honda Mean Mower is a grass cutter like no other on the planet...

The Honda Mean Mower, powered by a 109-horsepower VTR1000 Firestorm engine, recently hit a top speed of 187.60km/h, setting a new Guinness World Record for the World's Fastest Lawnmower! The record was set at the IDIADA Proving Ground in Tarragona, Spain, last month, by one fearless rider - Piers Ward - who works for BBC's TopGear Magazine.

The Honda Mean Mower's top speed was measured through a 100-metre speed trap and the two-way record setting run was overseen by Guinness' official timers. 'The original brief for the Mean Mower was to create the world’s fastest lawnmower, and now it officially is, by some distance! We are all delighted,' says Kate Saxton, Manager – European PR Communications for Honda Motor Europe.

The Honda Mean Mower was designed and built in the UK by Honda UK’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) partner, Team Dynamics. The team re-engineered a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor from the ground-up, adding an all-new fabricated chassis, custom-made from carbon-steel, a 1,000cc engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm and bespoke suspension and wheels from an ATV. In a neat little trick, the Meanie's 'grass bag' was designed in a way that it accommodates the fuel tank, oil cooler and a secondary water cooling radiator. And, oh, with its twin electric motors on the cutting deck, the Mean Mower can indeed cut grass while travelling at speeds of up to 24km/h.

With its 6-speed gearbox, custom-made Cobra sports seat, Scorpion exhaust system, and steering rack taken from a Morris Minor, the Honda Mean Mower weighs just 140 kilos, has a power-to-weight ratio of 532bhp/tonne and can go from zero to 100km/h in four seconds flat.

The Honda Mean Mower, doing what it does best...

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