Honda’s mean machine makes history

Honda has reclaimed the record for the world’s fastest lawn mower.

The new record was set at the Dekra Lausitzring, near Dresden, Germany, under the watchful eye of an  adjudicator from Guinness World Records .

Honda’s all-new Mean Mower V2 averaged 6.29 seconds for the dash from 0-100km/h; in the hands of experienced stunt driver, kart and car racer, Jess Hawkins.

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Jess Hawkins and the record-breaking Mean Machine

As part of the record-breaking attempt, Honda also had to show the Mean Mower V2 could still cut grass (or it wouldn’t be a mower).

Unveiled in 2018, it’s the successor to the first Mean Mower which became the world’s fastest lawnmower on March 8, 2014 when it hit 188.08 km/h.

This time Honda and British Touring Car Championship partner, Team Dynamics, took 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 is a 999cc four-cylinder engine from Honda’s high-performance CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle which produces 150kW at 13,000 rpm.

It packs almost double the power of the original Mean Mower, with a super-light frame and engine dry weight of just 69.1kg — a better power-to-weight ratio than the Bugatti Chiron.

The official acceleration figure was measured using a VBOX on-board recording device, fitted, set-up and verified by independent and accredited timers, Timing Solutions Limited.

To meet Guinness requirements, the mower had to record the same run, in both directions, within 60 minutes – with the average acceleration of these two runs taken as the official time.

The team also took the opportunity at Lausiztring to put Mean Mower V2 through its paces on a longer run to see what it is really capable of, recording an incredible top speed of 242.99km/h.

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.