Honda Mean Mower V2
Honda Mean Mower V2

Lawnmower that trumps $3.9m supercar

IT promises to cut the grass in a jiffy - and for when you need it the latest Honda lawnmower can comfortably top 200km/h.

But the Honda Mean Mower V2 is not your latest ride-on lawnmower.

Combining a 999cc V2 engine from the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP sports bike with a heavily modified ride-on mower body it just notched up a Guinness World Record for accelerating to 100mph (161km/h).

The heavily modified one-off Mean Mower V2 accelerated to 100mph in 6.29 seconds, faster than many supercars would hit that speed.

The Honda Mean Mower V2 has a top speed of 243km/h.
The Honda Mean Mower V2 has a top speed of 243km/h.

While the time wasn't measured, Honda says the Mean Mower can hit 60mph (97km/h) in less than three seconds.

Honda now holds the Guinness title of "the fastest acceleration 0-100mph for a lawnmower (prototype)", something unlikely to be smashed any time soon.

The Japanese brand also blasted past the record-setting speed up to 150.99mph (243km/h) "to see what it is really capable of".

Key to the Mean Mower's ballistic acceleration is lots of power (149kW) from the high-revving motorbike engine.

Combined with the relatively lightweight modified body of the HF2622 ride-on mower it is something Honda says gives it a better power-to-weight ratio than the €2.4 million ($3.9 million) Bugatti Chiron, a 400km/h-plus car powered by an 8.0-litre quad turbocharged 16-cylinder engine.

The Honda Mean Mower V2 has a greater power-to-weight ration than the Bugatti Chiron supercar.
The Honda Mean Mower V2 has a greater power-to-weight ration than the Bugatti Chiron supercar.

The Mean Mower also has a Cobra bucket seat, Sparco racing steering wheels and Hoosier racing slick tyres.

But it can still cut grass, something required by the Guinness regulations.

It has a grass box at the rear and lightweight carbon fibre blades powered by electric motors.

The testing was conducted at the Dekra Lausitzring track north of Dreden in Germany, with driving by race and stunt driver Jess Hawkins.

A former go-kart champion, Hawkins is more akin to racing hot hatchbacks in the British Mini Challenge series and she also featured in the Fast & Furious live stunt show.

"Hats off to Jess for being brave enough to get behind the wheel!" said Honda UK managing director Dave Hodgetts.

It's not the first time Honda has let loose with a ride-on mower.

In 2014 the company set a top speed record of almost 188km/h with the original Mean Mower.


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