Some time ago we brought you details about the Honda Mean Mower V2 (that story can be found here). At the time Honda stated that the world’s meanest mower will be aiming to set new world records. This week the Honda Mean Mower set a record that earned it a place in the famous Guinness Book of World Records.
Quick as a flash
Honda Mean Mower set the quickest acceleration time from 0-100 mph (160,09 km/h) for a lawnmower. The bespoke machine was piloted to an average 0-100 mph time of 6,29 seconds. That time makes it as quick as some of the quickest hypercars. You can see the record-setting run in the video at the bottom of this post.
The new record was set at Dekra Lausitzring, near Dresden, Germany. The person behind the wheel was Jess Hawkins, an experienced stunt driver, kart- and car racer. While at Lausitzring the team decided to run the mower flat out. In the process, they recorded a top speed of 150,99 mph (243 km/h).
High-speed grass cutter
Interestingly, officials from Guinness insist that Mean Mower V2 can actually live up to its name, and they had to ensure that it can also cut grass, which it can. Mean Mower V2 is modeled on the HF 2622 lawn tractor. It shares its front cowl, grass box and body panels with the more agricultural counterpart but under those panels lies something far more exotic. A 999 cm3 four-cylinder engine has been transplanted from Honda’s CBR1000RR Fireblade SP superbike. The engine produces 147 kW at 13 000 r/min. This output gives Mean Mower a power-to-mass ratio that is better than even a Bugatti Chiron.
In his own words
Dave Hodgetts, managing director of Honda (UK) comments: “The original Mean Mower was an incredible machine; but this time we’ve taken it to a whole new level with version two. After taking the top speed record in 2014, we wanted to do something a little different by setting an all-new record for acceleration, and the result is fantastic.”