RE: Honda's 190hp, 150mph lawn mower clearly brilliant

RE: Honda's 190hp, 150mph lawn mower clearly brilliant

Wednesday 11th July

Honda's 190hp, 150mph lawn mower: Update!

Watch the Mean Mower V2 limber up on the lawn at Goodwood ahead of its dynamic debut...



UPDATE - 11-07-18

Naturally we all loved Honda's second go at the Mean Mower when it was unveiled last week. I mean who wouldn't? There is literally nothing designed for the garden which wouldn't be made better by the introduction of a CBR1000RR Fireblade engine, least of all the HF 2622 lawn tractor. In fact, the combination is plainly so virtuous it's a wonder that the lawn tractor team didn't land on it sooner in the design phase.

We can say that now without any debate whatsoever because there is video evidence of the Mean Mower doing what is obviously a superb job of cutting the grass at Goodwood. Huge speed and oversteer are clearly assets in the 12,000 acre task, and the lack of suspension no hinderance at all. Of course, we predicted last week where the V2 would be first deployed, although we weren't so sure that it would actually make its dynamic debut at the Festival of Speed - but that has come to pass, too.

"The Honda Mean Mower V2 is a serious bit of kit," said the Duke of Richmond and Gordon (nee March). "It will be really exciting to see it burning up the Goodwood Hillclimb." We're inclined to agree with that. Dare we say that the mower will probably be even more suited to smooth tarmac than it is a parched lawn. Either way, it's yet another reason to make your way down to West Sussex this weekend...

 

ORIGINAL STORY - 04-07-18

So back in 2014 Honda (which is quite handy when it comes to the business of building lawn mowers) decided to make one with a motorbike engine in it to remind us how good it was at pushing engineering boundaries when the mood took it. That Mean Mower had 109hp, revved to 9,000rpm and went on to crack 116mph - making it the world's fastest grass cutter at the time. 

Since then, needless to say, the record has been broken. Evidently, Honda wants it back, and tasked Team Dynamics (Honda's apparently not very busy BTCC partner) with the job of remaking the Mean Mower in meaner still format. That it has achieved spectacularly. The V2, based on the look of a HF 2622 lawn tractor, is mostly the work of bespoke engineering - hardly surprising when a CBR1000RR Fireblade's engine had to be accommodated. 


The 999cc four-cylinder unit delivers 190hp at 13,000rpm. Which Honda says roughly equates to 1,000hp per tonne in the V2. Which it rightly describes as 'eye-watering'. Certainly the thing sounds the business (see video), and we'd imagine that a 'sub 3 second' 0-60mph time is no idle boast - not when Team Dynamics has transferred the Fireblade's six-speed transmission (with paddle shifters, obvs) and fitted special-order Hoosier slicks. 

It doesn't stop there either. The chassis is made from T45 steel rather than the usual mower chromoly, has Kelgate four/six piston calipers on vented discs, Goldspeed ten-inch ATV wheels, the Fireblade's LCD display and a 3D printed airbox when the standard one wouldn't fit under the tractor's cowl. It'll also - in case you were wondering - still cut grass, with carbon fibre blades on a marginally revised cutter deck (owing to the chain running to the rear wheels). 


Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda UK, 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. We're in testing phase now and everything is looking good, with a top speed of more than 150mph very much in our sights."

Honda has apparently enlisted the help of Jess Hawkins - a 23-year-old former karting champion - to help it retake the record; something we'd imagine it doing in the very near future, given the weather. We look forward to that video, and the obligatory one of it actually cutting grass, too. The infield at Goodwood, for example...

 




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suffolk009

Original Poster:

3,843 posts

98 months

Wednesday 4th July
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Hayters gonna hate.

Lewis Kingston

155 posts

10 months

Wednesday 4th July
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suffolk009 said:
Hayters gonna hate.
rofl

Nanook

32,300 posts

120 months

Wednesday 4th July
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Awesome.

I want one.

Dave Hedgehog

10,004 posts

137 months

Wednesday 4th July
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finally a reason to own a lawn biggrin

numtumfutunch

2,703 posts

71 months

Wednesday 4th July
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suffolk009 said:
Hayters gonna hate.
Top marks from me too

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Dan the Deck

34 posts

16 months

Wednesday 4th July
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I'm glad some manufacturers still do this sort of thing and haven't lest their sense of humour

motco

10,838 posts

179 months

Wednesday 4th July
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Dave Hedgehog said:
finally a reason to own a lawn biggrin
...and a tree... V8 chainsaw

Mogsmex

127 posts

168 months

Wednesday 4th July
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Love it beer you cant beat a bit of "just because" engineering - look foward to the video of it actually grass cutting



suffolk009 said:
Hayters gonna hate.
I doth my cap to you sir laugh

Black S2K

751 posts

182 months

Wednesday 4th July
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Lewis Kingston said:
rofl
Ha!

Suffolk beat us all to the Punch!

designforlife

1,842 posts

96 months

Wednesday 4th July
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Amazing...would make a nice companion to my FWD lawnmower, better turning circle too laugh


eldar

11,677 posts

129 months

Wednesday 4th July
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ha. if Colin Furze did it, it would have a jet engine, cut the grass and incinerate the clippings at the same time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKHz7wOjb9w

unsprung

2,394 posts

57 months

Wednesday 4th July
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motco said:
Dave Hedgehog said:
finally a reason to own a lawn biggrin
...and a tree... V8 chainsaw
lol !!!

such wonderful nonsense

there are a number of V8 lawn mowers on YouTube, but those home-built rigs are rather different to an OEM like Honda making a marvelous and entirely credible engineering project out of it

imagine the endless acres of media coverage this will earn for Honda; well done

ps: one of the V8 lawn mowers on YouTube, from Oz, was called, "The Amputator" hehe


NorthernSky

373 posts

50 months

Wednesday 4th July
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Fantastic! I wonder if they'll be for sale here in the UK, and at what price?

unsprung

2,394 posts

57 months

Wednesday 4th July
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NorthernSky said:
Fantastic! I wonder if they'll be for sale here in the UK, and at what price?
but LHD only wink

rtz62

1,476 posts

88 months

Wednesday 4th July
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I’m guessing but that would cut the 3/4 acre at the bottom of my normal garden in around one minute flat.
Which means I’d have to spend more time in the presence of SWMBO, not a preferred option to be honest...

Robert-nszl1

182 posts

21 months

Wednesday 4th July
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Just a shallow marketing exercise, to call this record breaking defies the laws of sport, frankly if it isn't a Porsche going around 'the ring' in under 3 mins then 'am ooot', but in many ways this is both faster and better looking than any Fezza/Macca/M4, but why do you need more than a Golf to mow the lawn, but to be honest the only Honda worth owning was the NSX, did you know the chassis was perfected by Senna himself.....

demonesq

1 posts

2 months

Wednesday 4th July
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I suppose they've put the old one out to grass!

Max_Torque

12,606 posts

150 months

Wednesday 4th July
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suffolk009 said:
Hayters gonna hate.
^^^^^ Surely "pun of the century" !!





BTW: Honda should enter this in F1, at least that way when they spin onto the grass they could make themselves useful......

curlie467

7,300 posts

134 months

Wednesday 4th July
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Max_Torque said:
suffolk009 said:
Hayters gonna hate.
^^^^^ Surely "pun of the century" !!





BTW: Honda should enter this in F1, at least that way when they spin onto the grass they could make themselves useful......
bow

tr3a

176 posts

160 months

Wednesday 4th July
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I fail to see the point of a ride-on lawn mower since I got a robotic mower. Electric, fully autonomous, I've never looked back. People must really love doing a mind-numbing job to still use a ride-on for larger lawns.

Still, this one's fun, even though it's even more pointless than the 'real' mower it's derived from. Good job, Honda.