Honda UK have set out to reclaim the crown for the world’s fastest lawn mower with the Mean Mower V2.
The mower is powered by the 999cc, 189bhp engine from the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP and has a custom made steel frame and a power-to-weight-ratio of 1000bhp per tonne.
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The original Mean Mower, which used the 996cc V-twin engine from a Honda VTR1000, made a claimed 97bhp as standard and managed 116mph in 2014, before being beaten. This new one has a much faster target of 150mph.
MCN spoke to Honda's PR and Communications Manager for Power Products, Ellie Ostinelli, who came up with the Mean Mower concept.
"Honda has such an amazing and huge product range that so many people aren't aware of. People think Honda and they think cars and motorcycles, but they don't think about lawn mowers or generators and so on," says Ellie.
"It's about capturing peoples' imagination"
"The first Mean Mower came about when I was the PR for cars. I wanted to know how we could show off what Honda do in something different that captures peoples' imagination. So, we decided to break the land speed world record on a lawn mower."
The record attempt will take place in the UK - most probably at RAF Elvington- and is anticipated to happen within the next few months, piloted by stunt driver and former British Karting Champion, Jess Hawkins.
You can see the machine in action for the first time in the video below, which shows the mower being revved by Jess. You can also see it this Thursday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will make a run up the iconic hill climb.
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