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).

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