New Honda lawnmower is a cut above

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Jun 10, 2019

Honda's record-breaking Mean Mower V2

Honda’s Mean Mower 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’.

Driven by experienced stunt driver, kart and car racer Jess Hawkins, the lawnmover averaged 0-100 mph in just 6.29 seconds at the Dekra Lausitzring, near Dresden.

Unveiled in 2018, Mean Mower V2 set out to build on the incredible success of the original Mean Mower, which became the world’s fastest lawnmower in 2014 when it hit 116.87mph.

This time Honda and its British Touring Car Championship partner, Team Dynamics, took the development to a whole new level, using computer aided design, bespoke parts, advanced materials and even 3D printing.

At the heart of Mean Mower V2 lies its engine. This time a 999cc four-cylinder unit taken from Honda’s high-performing CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle – producing 200bhp at 13,000rpm.

It packs almost double the power of the original Mean Mower, with a super-light frame and engine dry weight of just 69.1kg, which overall results in a power-to-weight ratio in excess of that of a Bugatti Chiron.

The team also took the opportunity while at the Lausiztring to put Mean Mower V2 through its paces on a longer run to see what it is really capable of, recording a top speed of 150.99mph.

Mean Mower V2 – Vital Statistics

EngineHonda Fireblade SP in-line four cylinder (stock)
Size999cc
Power189+ bhp @ 13,000rpm
0-60Sub 3 seconds
MPG35mpg
Optimum RPM13,000
PTW ratio1000bhp/tonne (est.)
Torque116nm @ 11,000rpm
BodyHonda HF2622 Lawn Tractor
ChassisT45 steel (custom-made)
Weight140kg (approx.)
Length2770mm
Wheelbase1380mm
Width1365mm
Wheels & Tyres
RearGoldspeed DWT Red Label 10” x 8”

Hoosier R25B Slick

FrontGoldspeed DWT Red Label 10” x 6”

Hoosier R25B Slick

Pressure1.4 Bar cold / 2.0 Bar hot
Cutting
Cutter deckOriginal HF2622
Motors12v electric
Blades2 x 6” composite plastic
Other
BrakesFront – Kelgate 4-piston callipers with drilled titanium coated pistons

Rear – Kelgate 6 piston-callipers with drilled titanium coated pistons

SteeringKelgate steering rack with bespoke Sparco steering wheel
Gears6-speed with steering wheel mounted magnetic carbon paddles & TransLogic PSR power shifter
Exhaust systemScorpion custom headers, exhaust & silencer in titanium
InstrumentationHonda Fireblade SP
SeatCobra (custom-made)

 

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