Mowing lawns is such a pain in the keister. If only there was a ride-on mower that could make the job go by faster. Well, now there is. The Honda “Mean Mower V2” will have a top speed of 150mph. The 0-60 speed of less-than-three-seconds will mean no more long afternoons baking in the sun just to trim that pesky lawn.
Actually, the Mean Mower is more of a competition vehicle. Honda wants to claim bragging rights for the world’s fastest mower, and are building the V2 to secure that spot.
The Mean Mower V2 harnesses 189 horsepower from a 999cc engine and is, as The Daily Mail points out, “more powerful than the base model Audi A3 (103 bhp) and quicker than a Ferrari 488 (0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds).”
Honda held the fastest mower title, but lost it in 2014. Now, though, they feel like they have the machine to take it back.
Honda built a machine that hit 116.575 mph back in 2013. Then, in 2014, a “Viking mower, made by a Norwegian group and fitted with a Corvette’s V8 engine, reached 134 mph.”
“The original Mean Mower was a great challenge for us and the result was an amazing machine,” Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director at Honda UK, said.
“This time we have moved the game on considerably to build an incredible piece of real engineering, using advanced design and production techniques and calling upon some very clever thinking to bring the performance and power but still retain the look of the production mower.”
“We’re in testing phase now and everything is looking good, with a top speed of more than 150mph (240 km/h) very much in our sights.”
Honda is relying on its engine-building expertise, of course, but they’re not simply sticking a car’s engine into a lawnmower.
The machine has been custom-built and one of the most significant developments is the weight. The company has built “bespoke parts, advanced materials, and 3D printing’ reducing the dry-weight of the engine to 152 lbs.” The rest of the mower is equally light, and surprisingly fast.