Video: Honda presents the fastest lawnmower evah

posted at 7:16 pm on July 19, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

No, they’re not available for all your grasscutting needs. They’re just here to tease you.

Top speed: 133 mph and 0-60 in 4.0 seconds. Though it only seems to actually cut grass at 15 mph. I wonder how it does on gas; maybe it’s just Honda’s entrant into the Smart Car market, and this is their way of pitching it to rubes like me. Not a tiny Euro-car, but a super-fast lawnmower, Red America! Clever.

Presenting the Mean Mower:

Honda, in conjunction with Top Gear magazine and racing outfit Team Dynamics, has built a high performance ride-on lawn mower capable of reaching speeds up to 130 mph.

And, yes, it can still cut the grass.

The so-called Mean Mower started out as a production Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor before the team replaced its stock 20 hp motor with the 109 hp 1,000 cc V-twin from a Honda VTR1000 Firestorm sport bike along with its six-speed transmission and reengineered the suspension to handle a set of ATV wheels and tires.

A Scorpion exhaust system pumps up the volume to an ear-shattering 130 decibels, compared to about 106 db for a typical mower, while a Cobra racing seat was fitted to keep up with the bump in performance, now good enough to accelerate the grass assassin to 60 mph in four seconds.

It’s a joint project of Honda, Top Gear, and a British racing team, which means you get to see The Stig drive it:

Bloomberg puts its stats up against a Porsche:

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If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit….

brewcrew67 on July 19, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Fricking AWESOME!

I want to try one!

KMC1 on July 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I WANT ONE!

Find a “need” and fill it!

Mary Katherine does it come with cup holders?

GarandFan on July 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Just one of these could replace 50 illegals.

BL@KBIRD on July 19, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Careful editing.

The mowing deck is removed for the high speed scenes. What good is that? Says the guy who could really use a high speed grass cutter.

And dang, the big boys are gonna’ ruin a fine sport by getting involved.

cozmo on July 19, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Pretty sure this thing violates a whole shitload of federal environmental and product safety regulations. I could love it for that reason alone, but any lawn tractor that can burn rubber in 6 gears gets my vote automatically.

novaculus on July 19, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I can’t believe any piece of equipment is going to do a satisfactory job of lawn mowing at 15 MPH.

A farm tractor with a “Bush Hog” type mower could move through heavy weeds at that speed, but it wouldn’t give the kind of fine, manicured results that a homeowner wants for their yard.

listens2glenn on July 19, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Want. One.

Ace ODale on July 19, 2013 at 7:31 PM

hehehe… it made me smile.

I needed that… been a rough week.

CPT. Charles on July 19, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Okay so the mean machine gets rid of grass, but the Porsche gets rid virginity.

LincolntheHun on July 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Just wasted 23 seconds of my life on the squirrel video and however many more seconds typing this out. I have always wondered why so few posts here focused on culture instead of politics, now I realized that it’s because the authors here are so clumsy with it. This must rank in the Top 20 Dumbest OPs ever put up on Hot Gas.

RushBaby on July 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Don’t get me started on Honda drivers.

Christien on July 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

And dang, the big boys are gonna’ ruin a fine sport by getting involved.

cozmo on July 19, 2013 at 7:24 PM

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If they’re going to run at those kind of speeds, they ought to require roll cages on them.

But then they would look like ultra-micro sprint cars.

listens2glenn on July 19, 2013 at 7:39 PM

You gotta know that Mower DUI’s are going to skyrocket…and be deadly.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=you+tube+drunk+man+on+lawn+mower&mid=1E516106913751F060CC1E516106913751F060CC&view=detail&FORM=VIRE5

katy on July 19, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Though it only seems to actually cut grass at 15 mph.

Which is where I stopped reading. A riding “lawnmower” that doesn’t cut grass is called a “go-kart”, and there are already go-karts that can go that fast. Fit that thing out with a mesh of high-wattage laser beams fed off an alternator so that it can actually cut grass at highway speeds, then you can call it the world’s fastest lawnmower.

Fabozz on July 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

That’s the sweetest thing I’ve seen all year! I wish I could buy one for my son, he has acreage. And windy country roads, hahaha.

scalleywag on July 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Video: Honda presents the fastest lawnmower evah

 
I’m not saying it’s not, but I wouldn’t bet against there being 15-20 (many more, probably) similarly capable home-built machines already in existence across the fruited plains.

rogerb on July 19, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Just wasted 23 seconds of my life on the squirrel video and however many more seconds typing this out. I have always wondered why so few posts here focused on culture instead of politics, now I realized that it’s because the authors here are so clumsy with it. This must rank in the Top 20 Dumbest OPs ever put up on Hot Gas.

RushBaby on July 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Lighten up, Francis.

chewmeister on July 19, 2013 at 7:44 PM

listens2glenn on July 19, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Oh geeze dude, when did the nanny staters get to you?

cozmo on July 19, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Lighten up, Francis.

chewmeister on July 19, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Yes, boo to blowhards! Especially on a Friday.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM

RushBaby on July 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Don’t be such a wet blanket.

Jeff Weimer on July 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Folks love their mowers. 75 Cub.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Well of course it two seconds quicker then the Porsche,
to Sixty,

its called Power to Weight Ratio!

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 7:55 PM

RushBaby on July 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

So you really enjoyed too?

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 7:55 PM

NO ROLL BAR,……………..ouch!

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Christien on July 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Yeah, I’ve noticed the general nature of Honda drivers too.

CPT. Charles on July 19, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Yes, boo to blowhards! Especially on a Friday.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Yea, down twinkles or however that goes.

scalleywag on July 19, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Actually, Dave Barry did this back in 1992.

RoadRunner on July 19, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Top Gear. Those guys are maniacs. Love ‘em

itsacookbook on July 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

RushBaby on July 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

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Hear hear! Hotair should be nothing but deep philosophical discussions on the events of the day. Fun should be banned! In the great Utopian ideal mirth and frivolity will be mercilessly hunted down and extinguished. Everyone who watched this video should put on a hair shirt and slap themselves in the face with their favorite Adam Smith tome until rationality returns.

/Sarc

LincolntheHun on July 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

…EPA is on line one!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Lets take some American Muscle out for a spin:

1870 HP Chevelle Street Test. Nelson Racing Engines. Tom Nelson. 1969 Chevelle. NRE.
Aug 3 2012
**********

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqoz9hyz_SM&list=TLY34f8x8h9Qg

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 8:13 PM

This must rank in the Top 20 Dumbest OPs ever put up on Hot Gas.

RushBaby on July 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Along came a Baby named Rush,
Whose rant came out in a gush.
But it was all in vain,
As he circled the drain,
When the Ham gave the baby a flush.

Yoop on July 19, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Why does the name Tim Allen come to mind when I look at this?

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on July 19, 2013 at 9:00 PM

This must rank in the Top 20 Dumbest OPs ever put up on Hot Gas.

RushBaby on July 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

And yet…here you are. And, you watched the video…and then thought up a comment. And then scrolled down to write that comment.

Hmmm. Dumbest…?

Pot…kettle…

Goose…gander…sauce…

Besides, you know you want one. ;)

Solaratov on July 19, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Hear hear! Hotair should be nothing but deep philosophical discussions on the events of the day. Fun should be banned! In the great Utopian ideal mirth and frivolity will be mercilessly hunted down and extinguished. Everyone who watched this video should put on a hair shirt and slap themselves in the face with their favorite Adam Smith tome until rationality returns.

/Sarc

LincolntheHun on July 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Yer dern-tootin’, buckaroo. Now you’ve got the spirit.

The collective has its eye on you.

Take an extra ration of vodka this evening.

/s/

Solaratov on July 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Only slightly OT:

I am thinking about trying to organize a lawnmower gymkhana type event (zig-zagging in and out of traffic cones, against a stopwatch) as a charity fund raiser. Two classes – lawn-tractors and zero-turns.

Anyone aware of one of these events having been done already? Did it work out?

bofh on July 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

For some reason it hasn’t gotten much national press yet, but a few days ago some dude brought his hybrid high speed motorsickle up to The End of the Earth (Caribou Maine, up in Tater Land) to try and break his previous speed record. He was at Loring Air Force Base, which was a longtime SAC base with a gigantic runway.

Didn’t quite make it.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I have always wondered why so few posts here focused on culture instead of politics, now I realized that it’s because the authors here are so clumsy with it.

RushBaby on July 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Wish I had said that.

Cleombrotus on July 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Bloomberg has the stats horribly wrong. The first car is a GT3 and depending on the year it will do 0-60 between 3.3 and 3.8 seconds. The second (red car) isn’t even a 911–it’s the 2013 Cayman. The horsepower stat shows the Porsche at 350 HP. Nope–that’s a 2012 TURBO which puts out 530 HP. The third car shows the price of $111k is also wrong because that color was a special edition color made for the limited edition roadster in 2011 and went for $180k.

Bloomberg is comparing stats to a base Carrera, yet showing whatever Porsche pix they found on Google.

Either way, I’d have one of those Hondas please.

robblefarian on July 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Looks like there might be room for a vertical rifle sheath and a beer cooler on there.

a capella on July 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

MOWER CONTROL in 5….4….3

Looks too much like individual freedom and choice.

PappyD61 on July 19, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Cleombrotus on July 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Really?

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Fit that thing out with a mesh of high-wattage laser beams fed off an alternator so that it can actually cut grass at highway speeds, then you can call it the world’s fastest lawnmower.

Fabozz on July 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

You forgot the word “frickin’”! It’s “frickin’ lasers”! Dangit, spoiled a good meme……..

Yes, boo to blowhards! Especially on a Friday.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Absolutely!

GWB on July 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM

love it!

ted c on July 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM

For $46K less, you can have THIS:

Fifth Gear version, 3 employees, taken through the carwash:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W54RPTjb34M

Top Gear version, 7 employees, big brake pack, vs. motorcycle on the curves:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaWoo82zNUA

And yes, you can get it with a stereo.

unclesmrgol on July 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

RushBaby on July 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

If you’d been riding the mower, it would have been only about three seconds of wasted time…

unclesmrgol on July 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I can see an actual market for this, cut the grass and go straight to work. It also competes with a trike. It’s a commuting device, lawn maintenance and a recreational sport vehicle all in one.
This is truly awesome.

talkingpoints on July 20, 2013 at 9:26 PM

A competitor — street legal, 49cc, 4HP, blazingly fast….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJfSS0ZXYdo

unclesmrgol on July 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM