Remember the Honda Mean Mower which became the world’s fastest lawnmower in March 2014 when it reached a maximum speed of 116.87 mph (188.08 km/h)? With improvements, it has re-entered the record books after setting a brand new Guinness World Records title for the ‘Fastest Acceleration 0 – 100 mph for a Lawnmower’.
The new record was set in Germany under the watchful eyes of Guinness World Records officials who verified that the Mean Mower V2 averaged 0 – 100 mph (160.9 km/h) in just 6.29 seconds. Honda and its British Touring Car Championship partner, Team Dynamics, took the development of the Mean Mower V2 to a whole new level, using computer aided design, bespoke parts, advanced materials and even 3D printing.
Better power-to-weight ratio than a Bugatti
At the heart of 4-wheeler lies its engine, this time a 999 cc 4-cylinder unit taken from Honda’s CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle. Its output of 200 bhp at 13,000 rpm is almost double the power of the original Mean Mower. The superlight frame and engine dry weight of just 69.1 kgs enables it to have a power-to-weight ratio much better than that of a Bugatti Chiron which produces 1,500 bhp.
The team also took the opportunity to put Mean Mower V2 through its paces on a longer run to see what it is really capable of, recording an impressive top speed of 150.99 mph (243 km/h).
Cuts grass too
As well as being very fast, the Mean Mower V2 also had to demonstrate that it could still do what it is actually designed for – to cut grass – which it does. Under the regulations of Guinness World Records, the mower must also ‘intrinsically look like a lawnmower’; in this case, the Honda HF 2622 lawn tractor which it does by carrying over its front cowl, grass box and body panels.
The ability to still cut grass is thanks to slight revisions to the cutter deck to house the chain driving the rear tyres and the two batteries required to power electric motors which spin carbonfibre blades to mow. With this machine, cutting grass is something which won’t be considered a dull chore!