Honda and Team Dynamics create the fastest lawn mower

Article by Anita Panait, on July 19, 2013

Ever heard of a lawn mower than could accelerate from zero to 60 in just four seconds and could reach a top speed of over 130 mph? Introducing Honda’s Mean Mower, a lawn mower that could outrun a number of road cars -- except that it is made for cutting grass. The Mean Mower is the latest piece of extraordinary pieces that Honda has come up with.

The Mean Mower is the product of cooperation between Honda (UK) and Team Dynamics, the company’s title winning British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) partner. Team Dynamics placed a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor on a ground-up reengineering, adding a fabricated chassis custom-made from 4130 chromoly, thereby providing a strong but very light platform.

The team then equipped a 1000cc engine that powers a Honda VTR Firestorm and then installed bespoke suspension and wheels from an ATV. The collaboration has led to the creation of a super-fast mower that while retaining its original look, could still do what it is supposed to do -- cut grass.

To further reduce weight, Team Dynamics used a fiber glass cutter deck. They contained the fuel tank, a high-capacity oil cooler and a secondary water cooling radiator in the mower’s grass bag. Making the cutting ability still plausible are two electric motors on the cutter deck, which spin 3mm steel cutting cable at 4000rpm. The Mean Mower can cut grass at around 15mph, which is more than double the flat-out speed of the base HF2620.

The Mean Mower, which weighs just 140kgm, provides 96Nm of torque and a PTW ratio of 532bhp/ton. In testing to date, the Mean Mower has topped 100mph on a circuit, and produced 130db at three-quarter RPM and 98db at idle. No less than reigning BTCC champion and Honda Yuasa Racing driver Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden has driven the Mean Mower. [source: Honda]

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