Yesterday, Car and Driver reported on Honda U.K.’s Mean Mower, a racing vehicle that doubles as a riding lawn mower. The rationale for such a bizarre combo? Apparently Honda’s U.K. subsidiary thought “mixing its lawn-care expertise with its racing know-how would make for one hell of an example of the company’s penchant for innovative engineering.” It’s not often enough companies innovate in the “completely useless products” category.
The vehicle, a Honda HF2620, is worthy of its own sport in the Redneck Olympics. Honda’s team made the mower into a beastly racing machine by incorporating custom-fabricated parts, as well as borrowed parts from other vehicles such as a motorcycle engine and a suspension setup from an ATV. With an estimated top speed of 133 miles per hour and the ability to go from zero to 60 in four seconds, the Mean Mower is no joke. (The punchline is probably the price tag.)
People who plan to invest in one of these monsters should invest in good ear doctors as well. Car and Driver states, “The combination of the motorcycle engine and a Scorpion exhaust make the tractor a 130-decibel sound bazooka at only three-quarter throttle. For reference, that’s nearly as loud as being within 350 feet of a commercial jet taking off.” Well, hell, why didn’t they just make a lawn mower that can fly and cut grass in the clouds?
But here’s the kicker: this maniacal machine actually can cuts grass, albeit at speeds of a much less sporty 15 miles per hour. But that’s still twice the speed of a typical HF2620, meaning the Mean Mower looks to be a wise investment for people who are serious about, well, mowing lawns.
And, the off-road beast can actually spit fire. You know, in case you need to burn your opponent during a riding mower race to the death.