July 12 2018 12:00 AM

Company wants to reclaim lost title.

It’s a landscape maintenance contractor’s dream…or is it? Have you ever wished your mowers could go faster? How about a lot faster?


According to a story in Fortune magazine, Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Torrance, California, is working on that. The company wants to make a lawnmower with the ability to go 150 miles per hour.

Why? Honda hopes the new mower will help the company reclaim the title of “Worlds’ Fastest Mower,” once held by its “Mean Mower” that could go 130 mph (but only mow grass at 15 mph). A modified Viking T6, created by a Norwegian, Per-Kristian Lundefaret, overthrew Honda’s Mean Mower in late 2015.

Now Honda is back for another run at the record with the “Mean Mower 2,” a riding mower with carbon-fiber blades, a T45 steel chassis and custom drag tires. It will be powered by a 999cc four-cylinder engine borrowed from a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle.

Mean Mower 2 is still in its prototype stage, but Honda hopes to rev it up to at least 150 mph and reclaim that title at some point in the future.