Honda breaks record for fastest lawn mower acceleration

By edited by Sarah Bunyea

The mower hit 100 mph in six seconds.

Photo courtesy of Honda

Honda’s Mean Mower has set a brand-new Guinness World Record for a lawn mower to go from zero to 100 mph in 6.29 seconds, according to an article by USA Today.

For perspective, the average riding lawn mower travels at 5 to 6 mph, said Davis Adams, a spokesman for Honda. At top speed, Honda says the Mean Mower can reach 150.99 mph.

The record was set May 7 at the Dekra Lausitzring, a racetrack near Dresden, Germany, with an experienced racer and stunt driver, Jess Hawkins, in the driver’s seat.

To meet the Guinness World Records qualifications, the mower had to record the same run in both directions within an hour, with the average acceleration of the two runs taken as the official time.

Honda was also required to make sure the mower had grass-cutting capabilities and still had the look of a functional lawn mower.

Unveiled in summer 2018, the Mean Mower V2 set out to build on the original Mean Mower’s success, which became the world’s fastest lawn mower in 2014 when it hit a speed of 116.87 mph. Since then, Honda and Team Dynamics, a British Touring Car Championship partner, used computer-aided design, bespoke parts and 3D printing to create the newest version.

Unfortunately for lawn care enthusiasts, Adams said the Mean Mower V2 is not commercially available for those hoping to cut grass at record speeds.