Japanese automaker Honda in collaboration with Top Gear Magazine unveiled this week their Mean Mower which is actually based on the HF2620 tractor. As you would expect, the tractor was stripped almost entirely and after that it was rebuilt by Team Dynamics which are Honda’s British Touring Car experts.
Created most likely for The Stig, the Mean Mower has a custom-made suspension and a spaceframe chassis, together with a fiberglass mowing deck. It also packs a couple of electric motors which spin 3mm-thick blades manufactured from steel at 4,000 rpm.
Motivation for the Mean Mower is provided by a Honda VTR Firestorm 1,000cc motorbike engine which is capable of outputting 109 bhp (81 kW) and 96 Nm (71 lb-ft) of torque. It works together with a paddle-shift, six-speed gearbox which should enable the mower to perform the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in less than 4 seconds, on its way to a top speed of about 130 mph (209 km/h).
As you would expect, the project was made just for fun as it won’t go into production since only a few would be willing to buy a motorcycle-powered lawn mower. In addition, price would be extremely steep if Honda and Top Gear Magazine would green-light production.
Source: Honda and Top Gear Magazine