Could extreme lawnmower racing be an official sport? Sure, if Honda and other auto manufacturers crank out vehicles like the "Mean Mower". This high-speed lawnmower officially entered the Guinness Book of World Records today after achieving a speed of 116.57mph (187.6kph). Powering this 'cutting edge' vehicle is a Honda-superbike-sourced 1,000cc engine, giving it a greater power-to-weight ratio than a Bugatti Veyron and acceleration from 0-60mph in just four seconds. Continue reading for the video and more information.
The driver, Top Gear writer Piers Ward, said: "It felt surprisingly stable. You start accelerating and think, that feels okay, so you keep accelerating, and it still feels okay, so you keep accelerating, and accelerating? and it just tracks straight and true. The biggest problem was wind resistance. It's a mower and was designed to do 12mph (19kph) max, so there's no aero - it just keeps trying to take your head off all the time. Hence why I adopted my patented 'Donkey Kong' pose. Breaking the record felt superb. I grew up watching Roy Castle on Record Breakers. So to have a modern-day Norris McWhirter say 'Piers Ward you've broken a new world record' felt excellent.'"