“Why take an hour to mow a football pitch when you can do it in 5 minutes?” This is what the “Top Gear” team at BBC asked themselves. So they asked Honda UK about it and they came up with the Mean Machine! Yes, it is official. They have built the fastest lawn mower in the world, and have won a Guinness World Record.

The machine was put through the paces at the Spanish IDIADA Proving ground where it clocked an average speed of116.57 mph (187.60 kph), and beat the previous record by an awesome 30 mph! This machine, designed and built in the UK by Team Dynamics, Honda’s racing partner. Starting with a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor, they replaced the chassis with a high carbon steel space frame.The 1000 cc engine is from the Honda VTR Firestorm turns out 110 bhp of powerand it is coupled to a six-speed paddle shift transmission. It has racing tires and wheels, a special suspension, the back axle from a 250 cc go-kart, and the steering rack from a Morris Minor. It has a high capacity oil cooler and an additional water cooler. It has a custom made Cobraseat, a Scorpion exhaust. The body is made of fiberglass designed to look like an ordinary lawn mower, the grass bag has become the fuel tank, and to keep the weight down, the original cutter deck was replaced by a custom made fiber glass deck, which is 90 per cent lighter. It houses 2 electric motors that spin at 4000 rpm. The Mean Mower weighs just 140 kg. It has a theoretical top speed of 130 mph, 0 to 60 in about 4 seconds, and a power to weight ratio of 520 bhp. That is more than what a Ferrari F12 had got!

A lawncannot be all about speed. It has to be able to cut grass. The two 4000 rpm motors are and a 3mm steel cutting belt can together cut grass at 15 mph. Let alone grass, it could cut through a tree! And it is twice as fast as the original HF2620 model.

All in all, this machine is a potent mix of speed and power with a big dollop of lunacy, but not one you could let your granny drive. You can watch these videos on YouTube to see the Mean Mower in action.They are pretty exciting.

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