TMR Team | Jul 18, 2013

Honda's latest offering is rear-wheel-drive, promises a Veyron-shaming power-to-weight ratio of 2.82lb p/hp, and lists a 0-100km/h time just over four seconds.

It's not a car, though, and it's not even one of Honda's mental motorbikes - although the latter did play a part in developing this monster.

No, the newest performance Honda is the Mean Mower ride-on, and no, you can't buy it. This is a one-off build, developed by Honda's UK arm and racing partner Team Dynamics.

Powering the Mean Mower is a 1.0 litre V-twin engine ripped out of a Honda VTR 1000F Firestorm motorcycle, producing 81kW and 96Nm of torque.

Stuffed into a 140kg mower with a custom tube-frame chassis, and that's one hell of a powerplant.

There's also a wheels and suspension package pinched from an ATV - no surprise there - while the steering rack, interestingly, is taken from a Morris Minor.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed paddle-shifted transmission, and Team Dynamics swears the thing has topped 160km/h on the track.

And, because that sort of performance would drain the regular cell quickly, the rear grass bag has been replaced with a fuel tank. Next to that is a high-capacity oil cooler and a secondary radiator.

Honda, are you sure we can't convince you to sell us one? TMR Managing Editor Tim O'Brien has a couple of paddocks that this thing would make light work of...


Mean Mower's Vital Stats

Engine: VTR 1000F Firestorm (stock)
Size: 1000cc
Power: 109hp
0-60: 4 seconds (est.)
MPG: 40 (est.) (when cutting)
Max. speed: 133 (est.)
Optimum RPM: 9,000
PTW ratio: 532bhp/tonne
Torque: 96Nm

Body: Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor
Chassis: Chromoly 4130 tubing (Custom-made)
Weight: 140kg (approx.)
Length: 2400mm
Wheelbase: 1425mm
Width: 1150mm

Wheels & Tyres
Rear: Maxxis/Goldspeed 10 x 10
Front: Maxxis/Goldspeed 6 x 10
Pressure: .9 bar

Cutter deck: Fibre-glass (Custom-made)
Motors: 2 x 15amp, 4000rpm
Blades: 2 x 3mm steel cutting cable

Brakes: Honda TRX420 ATV
Steering: Morris Minor steering rack
Gears: Paddle shift
Fuel tank capacity: 15 litres
Exhaust system: Scorpion
Instrumentation: Motorcycle
Seat: Cobra (Custom-made)

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