Honda ‘Mean Mower’ revealed, fastest mower in the world? (video)

Remember the story about Honda and Top Gear planning to create the world’s fastest lawn mower? Well, the project is now complete, and it certainly has the power to set records.

Honda Mean Mower

Using a conventional Honda HF2629 ride-on, Top Gear UK and Honda have stripped the original motor and replaced it with a Honda 1000cc VTR Firestorm sports bike engine. It produces 81kW and 96Nm.

Much of the mower’s frame had to be modified to accommodate the new engine, with a space frame holding it all together, as well as a custom suspension setup to help the grass-cutter handle.

Although an official record is yet to be written in the record books, the mower uses a six-speed transmission capable of a 209km/h top speed. Acceleration from 0-100km/h apparently takes under 4.0 seconds.

Perhaps the best part about it is the fact that it still can actually mow the lawn; an electric motor spins a 3mm set of blades underneath. Click play below to take a look.

Honda Mean Mower specifications:

EngineVTR 1000F Firestorm (stock)
Size1000cc
Power109hp
0-100km/h4 seconds (est.)
MPG40 (est.) (when cutting)
Max. speed133 (est.)
Optimum RPM9,000
PTW ratio532bhp/tonne
Torque96Nm
BodyHonda HF2620 Lawn Tractor
ChassisChromoly 4130 tubing (Custom-made)
Weight140kg (approx.)
Length2400mm
Wheelbase1425mm
Width1150mm
Wheels & Tyres
RearMaxxis/Goldspeed 10 x 10
FrontMaxxis/Goldspeed 6 x 10
Pressure.9 bar
Cutting
Cutter deckFibre-glass (Custom-made)
Motors2 x 15amp, 4000rpm
Blades2 x 3mm steel cutting cable
Other
BrakesHonda TRX420 ATV
SteeringMorris Minor steering rack
GearsPaddle shift
Fuel tank capacity15 litres
Exhaust systemScorpion
InstrumentationMotorcycle
SeatCobra (Custom-made)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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