116MPH: Honda Sets New Record For Fastest Lawnmower

April 14, 2014


That is not a lawn.

This is Honda's Mean Mower, the new world record holder for fastest lawnmower, at 116.57MPH. For reference, that is entirely too fast to be cutting the grass. You would be through your backyard fence and in your neighbor's pool faster than you can say, "Honey, can you bring me a Gatorade?"

To claim the record, the lawnmower had to run through a 100-meter speed trap, and it had to make two passes in opposite directions within an hour with the average taken between them.

The Mean Mower is based on a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor that's been modified by British Touring Car Championship squad Team Dynamics. It has a newly fabricated chassis from 4130 chromoly steel and packs a 1.0-liter engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm motorcycle with a six-speed sequential gearbox. The engine produces 109 horsepower and 71 pound-feet of torque - enough power to reach 60 mph in around four seconds. The suspension and wheels come from an ATV, and the cutter deck has been remade in fiberglass. The grass bag holds the fuel tank, oil cooler and secondary radiator. The engine no longer actually cuts grass. Instead, the blade is driven by two electric motors.

You know, it's weird the world records people go after. Like, there is actually a group of people out there right now that are stoked they just took the record for the world's fastest lawn mower. That kind of blows my mind. Also, how they get the liquid center in Gushers. Now that's a factory tour I could get excited about.

Keep going for a video of the world record happening.

Thanks to Da Vinci, who I suspect is not actually Leonardo. You never know though (he might have invented a time machine).

  • Balmers

    Wouldn't it be great if all Honda lawn mowers were like this? You'd get the job complete in no time at all!

  • Ok, it does cut grass. Ugh article I read didn't mention that. So, I stand corrected. Now, let's see who can build the worlds fastest manure spreader.

  • (... cough cough) my mower's better than yours (cough cough). Now record lady, magically pull out that record like you did in the video!

  • The "mower" is non functioning. I would classify it as a neat custom vs lawnmower. Impress me with stock lawnmower components and then I could appreciate it. Like graphx said it would also need to cut grass. I feel the monster garage guys had it licked with their ford mustang lawnmower at least it was usable.

  • JMS

    Actually the mower does function, it's just run by electric motors now instead of pulling engine power. Technically, it can still cut the grass.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    No no no, if you want to impress me you have to put the same kind of mechanics of a real lawnmower.

    You know, sitting on top of the back-end with a little lever on the side that goes from R-N-1-2-3-4-5 with only the brake pedal as the clutch. Put that in 5th then release the brake too hard and your front wheels does a little wheelie if you're on tarmac instead of grass. I want to see the fastest lawnmower with THAT kinda of hardware with a guy without a T-Shirt sitting on it to test it.

  • Gene Kaufman

    Meanwhile in eastern Ohio.

  • Looks like a "Dave"

    Wow! You could mow an entire golf course in...like...ten minutes.


  • I'd like to have an argument

    It should have to be timed while it is actually cutting grass.

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