Honda looks to break world record with 150mph lawn mower

midian182

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Honda broke the mower speed record in 2014 with the original Mean Machine, which had a top speed of 116mph. It was beaten a year later by a modified 408hp Viking T6 that reached 134mph. Now, Honda has turned to its British Touring Car Championship partner Team Dynamics for version two of the speedy machine.

The V2 is based on the Japanese manufacturer’s HF 2622 grass cutter, though it comes with some pretty major upgrades, the main one being the 999cc four-cylinder engine from a CBR1000RR Fireblade motorbike. That engine and light frame, made from T45 steel, equals a power-to-weight ratio of around 1000hp per tonne.

Some of the Mean Machine V2’s materials were created using 3D printing, and it contains the Fireblade’s six-speed transmission and LCD. It’s even got Goldspeed 10-inch ATV wheels anodized in gold.

To qualify as a lawn mower, the Mean Machine V2 still has to be able to cut grass. It does this using cutting blades made from carbon fiber, though trimming your yard at 150mph probably isn’t advisable.

Jess Hawkins—a 23-year-old former karting champion—will be behind the wheel of the Mean Machine V2 as Honda attempts to retake its speed record.

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TomSEA

TechSpot Chancellor
That's one nervy young lady. Going 150 mph in an open cart with about 1/2" road clearance from the grass cutter doesn't leave a lot of room for error.
 

toooooot

TS Evangelist
That's one nervy young lady. Going 150 mph in an open cart with about 1/2" road clearance from the grass cutter doesn't leave a lot of room for error.
Women don't speed as often as men do according to my personal road study. The lady will go slow, the lady will be safe.
 

mailpup

TS Special Forces
No roll cage or seat belt? Now that's risk taking.

Women don't speed as often as men do according to my personal road study. The lady will go slow, the lady will be safe.
You may have missed the point of the article. She and Honda are going for a speed record. Slow and safe does not appear to be part of this exercise.
 

Puiu

TS Evangelist
That's one nervy young lady. Going 150 mph in an open cart with about 1/2" road clearance from the grass cutter doesn't leave a lot of room for error.
Women don't speed as often as men do according to my personal road study. The lady will go slow, the lady will be safe.
I don't know... even slow a few tried to hit me on the crosswalk :D
 

Burty117

TechSpot Chancellor
No roll cage or seat belt? Now that's risk taking.
I mean, roll cage might come in handy, seat belt though? Don't think that'll make any difference at 150mph. Maybe a roll cage + harness would make this slightly safer but I'd have my doubts on this thing at 150mph.
 

nismo91

TS Evangelist
I love that red engine start button. you can get that same one easily from electrical supply stores for 9 bucks. I have it installed for my PC and it glows red when your PC is on! integrated 12v bulb you can connect to the molex.