Honda builds 210kmh fire-spitting ride-on mower

DOUG SAIL
Last updated 12:26 18/07/2013
Fairfax Australia

Honda's "Mean Mower" can sprint from 0-100kmh in 4 seconds.

Honda's 'Mean Mower'
Honda's 'Mean Mower' cuts grass on its way to setting a world speed record for a lawn mower.

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Honda has taken the art of lawn mowing to a cut above - or should that be lower - the rest with its just revealed "Project Mean Mower".

The company's UK branch believes they have created the world's fastest lawn mower in a joint venture project with their British Touring Car Championship partner, Team Dynamics.

A condition of the design brief was that the mower had to retain its original look and still cut grass.

The net result is a mind-blowing mower with an estimated top speed of 210kmh and a 0-100kmh time of a shade over four seconds.

Make sure you wear your earmuffs though as the 1000cc engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm puts out an ear-splitting 130 decibels.

It doesn't look to be a comfortable ride either.

In the re-engineering work, Team Dynamics added an all-new fabricated chassis, custom-made from 4130 chromoly, to provide a strong, safe but lightweight platform. Total weight for the "Mean Mower" is 140kg.

The cutter deck was custom-made in fibre-glass, to reduce weight, while, the grass bag provides a home for the fuel tank, a high capacity oil cooler and a secondary water cooling radiator.

The ability to still cut grass was also a key element of the brief, and the super-fast mower still can thanks to two electric motors on the cutter deck, spinning 3mm steel cutting cable at an incredible 4000rpm. The mower can cut grass at around 24kmh, more than double the flat-out speed of the original HF2620 from which it is derived.

It also features a custom-made paddle shift six-speed gear system and has a custom-made Cobra sports seat, a Scorpion exhaust system and a steering rack taken from a Morris Minor.

The mower can produce 96Nm of torque and in testing to date it has has topped 160kmh on a circuit.

A great deal of effort has been made to make the mower stable and secure and ATV wheels have been used. Super-soft tyres ensure optimum grip and excellent handling on the tarmac.

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