The Honda Mean Mower became the world's fastest lawn mower when it managed to hit a top speed of 116.87 mph (188.08 km/h) in 2014. Last month, the redesigned version managed to set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest accelerating grass-cutting tractor.
At the Dekra Lausitzring, near Dresden, the Mean Mower V2 accelerated from 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h) in 6.29 seconds. That number was measured on a VBOX, along with the top speed run of an incredible 150.99 mph (242.99 km/h). Responsible for putting the lawnmower through its paces was Jess Hawkins, an experienced kart and car racer and stunt driver.
"The original Mean Mower was an incredible machine; but this time we’ve taken it to a whole new level, with version two", said the brand’s UK Managing Director, Dave Hodgetts. "After taking the top speed record in 2014, we wanted to do something a little different by setting an all-new record for acceleration, and the result is fantastic. Team Dynamics have gone above and beyond in developing and building this real feat of engineering, and hats off to Jess for being brave enough to get behind the wheel!"
Powering the Mean Mower V2 is the same 999cc, four-cylinder engine as the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP sportsbike. The unit produces 200 horsepower at 13,000 rpm, or almost double than the original lawnmower. Combined with a dry weight of just 152.3 lbs (69.1 kg), it results in a power-to-weight ratio better than the Bugatti Chiron.
In spite of its ability to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in under three seconds, the Mean Mower V2 retains its grass-cutting capability. Thus, it gets two batteries that power the electric motors which, in turn, spin the carbon fiber blades.