Honda UK’s Mean Mower has officially broken the Guinness World Record for the Fastest lawnmower, averaging 116.57 mph.
The successful attempt took place under the watchful eye of a Guinness World Record Adjudicator at the IDIADA Proving Ground, in Tarragona, Spain. Behind the wheel was Piers Ward of BBC TopGear Magazine, who had previously achieved a fastest speed on the Mean Mower of 87mph. Piers eclipsed the previous record of 87.83mph, set in May 2010.
To meet Guinness World Records regulations the mower had to record the same run, in both directions, within an hour – with the average speed taken of these two runs. Additionally, to qualify for the record it needed to cut grass and to look like a lawnmower; both of which it did successfully.
Ellie Ostinelli, PR Communications Manager for Honda (UK) said “The original brief for Mean Mower was to create the world’s fastest lawnmower – and now it officially is, by some distance! We are all delighted to hold a Guinness World Record title and we’d like to thank everyone who was involved in what has been a challenging yet incredibly exciting project.”
The idea for Mean Mower was to demonstrate Honda’s sprit of innovation, its motor sport heritage, and that it makes more than just cars. Mean Mower was designed and built in the UK by Honda (UK)’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) partner, Team Dynamics. The team re-engineered a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor from the ground-up, adding an all-new fabricated chassis, custom-made from 4130 chromoly, to provide a strong, safe but very light platform. A 1000cc engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm was used, along with a bespoke suspension and wheels from an ATV.
Every effort was made to retain as much of the look of the original mower as possible. The cutter deck was custom-made in fiber-glass, to reduce weight, while, in a stroke of pure genius, the grass bag provides a happy home for the fuel tank, high capacity oil cooler and a secondary water cooling radiator.
Based on feedback from Honda Yuasa Racing drivers, three times BTCC champion Matt Neal and 2012 champion Gordon Shedden, the mower features a custom-made paddle shift six-speed gear system. Additionally it has a custom-made Cobra sports seat, a Scorpion exhaust system and a steering rack taken from a Morris Minor.
The result of this remarkable feat of engineering is a lawn mower set-up and geared to achieve a top speed in excess of 130mph, weighing just 140kg, producing 96Nm of torque, an incredible PTW ratio of 532bhp/tonne; and an estimated 0-60 of just four seconds.
The ability to still cut grass was also a key element of the brief, and the super-fast mower still can!