Look out lawn care lovers, there’s a new mower on the block.
And it’s really, really fast.
Honda’s new Mean Mower V2 broke the Guinness World Record for a lawnmower to go from zero to 100 mph, with a time of 6.29 seconds. At top speed, the mower can reach 150.99 mph, according to Honda.
For perspective, the average riding lawnmower travels at 5 to 6 mph, says Davis Adams, a spokesman for Honda. At a light jog, your push mower might reach 3 to 4 mph.
The record was set May 7 at the Dekra Lausitzring, a race track near Dresden, Germany, with an experienced racer and stunt driver, Jess Hawkins, in the driver’s seat.
To meet the Guinness World Records qualifications, the mower had to record the same run in both directions within an hour, with the average acceleration of the two runs taken as the official time.
Honda also had to ensure the mower had grass-cutting capabilities and still “looked” like a functional lawnmower, Adams says.
Adams said the Mean Mower V2 is not commercially available to lawn aficionados hoping to cut their own grass at record speeds.
Unveiled in summer 2018, the Mean Mower V2 set out to build on the original Mean Mower’s success, which became the world’s fastest lawnmower in 2014 when it hit a speed of 116.87 mph. Since then, Honda and Team Dynamics, a British Touring Car Championship partner, used computer-aided design, bespoke parts and 3D printing to create the newest version.
Powering the Mean Mower V2 is the same 999cc, four-cylinder engine as the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle, also made by Honda. The engine produces 200 horsepower at 13,000 rpm.