Haven’t Got Time To Cut The Grass? Think Again!

Tue 11th Jun 2019

A lawnmower has entered the Guinness Book of Records for being the fastest to reach 100mph.

Honda’s Mean Mower already held the previous world record, but has now surpassed itself by reaching 100mph in an impressive 6.12 seconds. And if you think a lawnmower doing 100mph is unbelievable, then you might be amazed to find that the Mean Mower can actually reach speeds of 150mph.

The impressive stats would look great on some F1 circuits, rather than on your front lawn, but Honda is making major claims about the performance of the Mean Mower, suggesting that it has a better power to weight ratio than some supercars.

The Mean Mower made headlines on its first cut of action back in 2014, but five years on and it has sheared seconds off its previous record.

Honda UK Managing Director Dave Hodgetts said: "The original Mean Mower was a great challenge for us and the result was an amazing machine.

"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."

And before you think that Honda have simply fitted a bag to the back of a speedy go-kart, the company insisted that the Mean Mower must ‘intrinsically look like a lawnmower’ and also demonstrate its grass-cutting capabilities.

Honda took no chances in its record-breaking attempts though, employing British stunt driver Jess Hawkins to take the lawnmower to its limits. The Mean Mower also had some help from Honda’s British Tour Car Championship partner, Team Dynamics, which obviously made a difference.

“After taking the top speed record in 2014, we wanted to do something a little different by setting an all-new record for acceleration, and the result is fantastic,” added Hodgetts. “Team Dynamics have gone above and beyond in developing and building this real feat of engineering, and hats off to Jess for being brave enough to get behind the wheel!”