Jul 11, 2014

Honda's Mean Mower

Honda made a mower run like the wind which combined two tastes of riding mower and racertrack.

Honda's mower

Which one do you like the best to spend your time on Sunday? Slowly cutting the grass on a riding mower or ripping around a racertrack. Well, Honda combined these two tastes and the result is a 109-horsepower beast that just set the world speed record for lawnmowers. I have no idea why they thought so, but I think it's pretty interesting idea.

Honda Mower

Honda's U.K. division joined up with its British Touring Car Championship partner Team Dynamics and break up a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor before revamping the whole thing with a custom-fab chassis and a 1000cc engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm motorcycle.
There's a six-speed paddle shift tranny, along with a custom racing seat and exhaust, and since they could not find the right size steering rack for something this small, they pilfered one from a Morris Minor. All that adds up to a mower geared for a top speed in excess of 130 mph with the 109 hp 1000cc engine propelling its 308 pounds from 0-60 in just 4 seconds. Wow. Therefore, Guinness, sticklers required that the Mower be able to actually cut grass. And Team Dynamics created a custom cutter deck out of fiberglass and installed a fuel tank, high-capacity oil cooler, and secondary water cooler for the radiator in the mower's grass bag to preserve as much of the look of the original tractor as possible. Imagine how this would be so powerful like a real racing car, two electric motors were installed on the cutter deck, with 3mm steel cable spinning at 4000 rpm making to keep the judges happy. It can actually cut grass at up to 15 mph, more than double the speed of the machine on which it was based.

World Record

The world record was "IDIADA" Proving Ground, in Tarragona, Spain on a 2km stretch of tarmac. Top Gear writer Piers Ward was behind the wheel, averaging 116.57 mph over two runs in opposite directions through a 100 meter speed trap, crushing the previous lawn mower speed record of 87.83 mph...you can see the movie as well.