Honda’s Mean Mower V2 is now officially the world’s fastest riding lawnmower with a top speed of 150 mph.
Britain’s Honda division has a strange obsession with really fast lawnmowers. We’re not sure why, as there is no reason to make a lawnmower that can travel at 150 mph, but then again, there’s no reason to make a car that can travel at 300 mph and yet Koenigsegg is still trying to make one.
The first Honda Mean Mower was built out of a model HF2620 riding mower and used an engine swapped from a Honda Firestorm motorcycle, a 1,000 cc V-twin with 109 horsepower. That mower only had a top speed of 116.57 mph, and because it used the original chassis from the mower, it wasn’t exactly aerodynamic.
So Honda UK went back to the drawing board and came up with the Mean Mower V2. This mower sported a custom chassis made out of aircraft grade aluminum and used the 1.0-L 4-cylinder engine out of a modern Honda Firestorm race bike, which produces 200 horsepower at 13,000 rpm.
It also has no suspension (or at least, not any suspension more complicated than a regular riding mower) and can still cut grass.
Honda expected the Mean Mower V2 to reach a top speed of 134 mph, but it actually shattered expectations when they took it to the Dekra Lausitzring in Germany last May for a top speed test run.
A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to record the occasion and officially confirm the Mean Mower V2’s time. After a pair of top speed runs, the Mean Mower managed an average time from 0-100 mph of just 6.285 seconds. Its best run, however, saw it launch from zero to 60 in just 3.08 seconds and zero to 100 mph in just 6.12 seconds.
Honda also reported that test driver Jess Hawkins reached a top speed of 150.99 mph. This makes the Mean Mower V2 the fastest lawnmower in the world.