Remember back in March when we brought to your attention the fact that Honda was going to attempt to reclaim the World’s Fastest Lawn Mower speed record? Yeah, probably not, but they are and the lawn mower they are going to be using, the “Mean Mower V2,” is probably a more badass vehicle than the car you currently drive. I’m not even remotely kidding.
Take a look and, more importantly, LISTEN to this thing…
Built by Team Dynamics, Honda’s British Touring Car Championship partner and the team behind the original “Mean Mower” that took the record for the world’s fastest lawn mower in 2014, development has moved on to a whole new level. Now using CAD design, more bespoke parts, advanced materials, and 3D printing, it now packs almost double the power of the original, with the development team estimating it is capable of speeds in excess of 150 mph.
Oh yeah, of course it also still has the ability to cut grass thanks to slight revisions to the cutter deck to house the chain running to the rear tires and the two batteries required to power electric motors which spin carbon fiber blades. That’s right, this mower has freakng carbon fiber cutting blades.
I want one of these mowers so damn bad now.
The engine – a 999cc four-cylinder unit taken from Honda’s high-performing CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle – produces more than 190 bhp at 13,000 rpm. With a super-light frame and engine dry weight of just 69.1 kg Team Dynamics engineers predict an eye-watering power to weight ratio of 1000 bhp/tonne.
The Fireblade DNA continues with the carry-over of several other parts including clutch, ECU, six-speed drive train and full color LCD display. The programmable quick shift gear system promises precise and responsive shift through carbon paddles on the steering wheel – with the team estimating that this new machine could reach 90 mph in first gear!!!
The lucky guy who will be given the honor of driving the Honda “Mean Mower V2” in its speed record run will be 23-year-old Jess Hawkins, an experienced kart and car racer who is currently performing as a stunt driver in the touring Fast & Furious Live show.
Take a look at Honda’s original record-setting run of 116.575 mph back in 2013 with “Mean Mower V1” and tell me you don’t also want one of these bad boys right now as well.