The world’s fastest lawn mower is about to get a whole lot faster thanks Honda’s British Touring Car Championship partner, Team Dynamics. The original Mean Mower won the record for the world’s fastest lawn mower in 2014. By using CAD design, more original and unique parts, advanced materials, and three dimensional printing, it now puts out almost twice the power of the first design, with the development team expecting it to reach of speeds of over 150mph.
Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director, Honda (UK), comments: “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.”
A key factor of the design goals was to keep the look of a lawn mower – basically the Honda HF 2622 lawn tractor– and it achieves this by using its front cowl, grass box and body panels. The second design ‘must have’ is the capability to cut grass, which it can also still do, due to fine tuning to the design of the cutter deck to house the chain running to the rear tyres and the two batteries required to power electric motors which spin carbon fibre blades to do the cutting.
The engine is a 999cc four-cylinder monster, usually seen in Honda’s high-performance CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle, that can turn out more than 190bhp at 13,000rpm. With a feather-light frame and engine dry weight of just 69.1kg Team Dynamics engineers pexpect a supercar beating to weight ratio of 1000bhp/tonne.
The Fireblade DNA can also be seen in several other parts including clutch, ECU, six-speed drive train and full colour LCD display. The programmable quick shift gear system gives supercar style gear changes from the carbon paddles on the steering wheel – with the team expecting that this new machine could reach 90mph in first gear.
The majority of Mean Mower version two has been designed just for the project, with the chassis being made from T45 steel rather than chromoly for durability and flexibility – essential seeing as it has no suspension. What to do if the airbox won’t fit under the cowl because the injectors are in the way? 3D print an airbox to fit, of course!
The essential matter of braking is covered off by Kelgate – four-piston callipers to the front and six to the rear – vented to add airflow and cut weight. Goldspeed 10″ ATV wheels anodised in gold match that of the Fireblade. , with unique Hoosier racing tyres adding the grip.
With all of this incredible power, a professional racer is the sensible choice to tame Mean Mower V2. Bring on Jess Hawkins, an experienced kart and car racer. At just 23, Jess is currently using his skills as a stunt driver in the touring Fast & Furious Live show.
The original Mean Mower was launched in 2013, aiming to highlight the breadth of Honda’s product offering, sporty credentials and reputation as one of the world’s most innovative companies. It went on to become the world’s fastest lawnmower when it hit an incredible 116.575mph, at the IDIADA Proving Ground, a record which has since been surpassed.
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