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Watch The Honda Mean Mower Hit 100mph In Six Seconds

Honda's bonkers bike-engined creation has set the Guinness World Record for the fastest accelerating lawn mower

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You can’t help but love the idea of the Honda Mean Mower V2. The custom-built machine uses a 999cc engine pinched from a Fireblade SP superbike, tickled to produce 200bhp at 13,000rpm.

Plenty of power for a grass cutter weighing just 140kg, we’d say. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Mean Mower is brutally fast. As in 0-100mph in 6.29 seconds fast. Drag race this thing against a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and you’d be in for an extremely close result.

The 0-100mph is an average of two runs set at the Lausitzring in Germany with stunt driver, kart and car racer Jess Hawkins behind the wheel. A Guinness World Record adjudicator was present to ensure the Mean Mower could be officially crowned as “the fastest acceleration 0-100 mph for a lawnmower (prototype).”

The Honda Mean Mower V2 shares its 999cc engine with the Fireblade SP Superbike
The Honda Mean Mower V2 shares its 999cc engine with the Fireblade SP Superbike

The Guinness official also had to observe Honda’s creation cutting grass, something it’s still able to do despite being a supercar slayer producing over 1000bhp/tonne. It uses a modified cutter deck from an HF 2622 ‘lawn tractor’, with carbonfibre blades powered by electric motors and a pair of batteries instead of the 22bhp V-twin engine used as standard. Plus, it has to “intrinsically look like a lawnmower,” which is why it also uses the grass box, front cowl and various other body panels from the HF 2622.

The Mean Mower is built on a custom frame, incorporating various parts from the HF 2622 'lawn tractor'
The Mean Mower is built on a custom frame, incorporating various parts from the HF 2622 'lawn tractor'

Not content with the 0-100mph runs on their own, Honda also sent Hawkins out for a top speed run, which resulted in a Vmax of 150.99mph. Not bad for something with less than ideal aero properties…