You read that correctly.
Honda’s fascination with fast lawnmowers dates back to 2014 when its first "Mean Mower” debuted. With its top speed of 116 mph and a 0-60 mph time of less than four seconds, it immediately became the world’s fastest lawnmower. It even had blades to cut grass. Jump forward to almost one year ago, Honda released a second and even faster Mean Mower with a top speed of over 150 mph. And now it has set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest acceleration 0-100 mph time for a lawnmower.
We never knew there was such a record to be set but hey, why the heck not. But here’s the thing: this lawnmower is insanely fast. So fast it averaged a 0-100 mph time of just 6.285 seconds. The LaFerrari, for example, scored a 0-124 mph time of less than 7 seconds. Not an exact numerical comparison, but still, you get the idea. Zero to 60 mph requires less than 3 seconds.
Is this thing powered by a V8 or something? Nope, but rather a 999cc four-cylinder engine taken straight from Honda’s CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle, which produces 200 hp at 13,000 rpm, nearly double the power of the original Mean Mower. What’s more, it’s extremely lightweight, with a frame and engine dry weight of just 153.34 pounds. Honda claims this power-to-weight ratio is in excess of that of the Bugatti Chiron. With famed stunt driver, kart and car racer Jess Hawkins at the wheel, official acceleration was measured with a VBOX on-board recording device that was fitted and set up by Timing Solutions Limited, an independent and accredited company.
"The original Mean Mower was an incredible machine, but this time we’ve taken it to a whole new level with version two," said Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda UK. "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. 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!"
While everyone was on hand for the test run, Honda figured it’d be the perfect opportunity for a top speed test run as well. The result? 150.99 mph. And yes, it’s still able to cut grass.