Honda’s fastest four-wheeled vehicle could well now be… a lawnmower. But it’s not just any grass-cutter. It’s the Honda Mean Mower V2, a reengineered Honda HF 2622 ‘lawn tractor’ with a 13,000rpm CBR1000RR Fireblade SP engine providing about 150kW.
It’s also just set the Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Acceleration 0-100 mph for a Lawnmower’, setting a 6.285 second average.
Driven by stunt driver and racer Jess Hawkins, the VBOX data also suggested the Mean Mower has the potential to hit 100km/h in about 3 seconds. That puts it likely on par with Honda’s NSX, though Honda won’t confirm its hybrid supercar’s performance data.
The Mean Mower was put together by Honda’s British Touring Car Championship partner, Team Dynamics, though the brief for the record to hold up meant the Mean Mower still needed to look like a mower.
It also still needed to actually mow.
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Even Honda UK manager Dave Hodgetts says despite the impressive engineering behind the mean mower, it still required a certain resolve to pilot, commending Hawkins on climbing behind the wheel.
“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.
“Team Dynamics have gone above and beyond in developing and building this real feat of engineering, and hats off to Jess for being brave enough to get behind the wheel!”