Honda Mean Mower V2: Now With CBR1000RR SP Engine

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Four years ago, Honda UK came up with the crazy idea to set a new speed record for a riding lawnmower, building a rig around a 996cc VTR engine. Well, it’s 2018 and the Brits are at it again, building the Mean Mower V2, this time powered by the CBR1000RR SP‘s inline-Four.

The original Honda Mean Mower set a Guinness World Record in 2014, with driver Piers Ward averaging a speed of 116.57 mph (it was measured at 117.54 mph on the first pass and 115.603 on the return run). That record stood for about a year and a half before it was broken by Norwegian Per-Kristian Lundefaret on a modified Viking T6 mower, averaging a speed of 133.57 mph.

Honda UK and its British Touring Car Championship partner Team Dynamics, which built the original Mean Mower, will try to regain their record with a new machine, this time with the CBR1000RR SP’s 999cc engine. Claiming more than 190 hp, the CBR’s engine is about 75% more powerful than the VTR’s engine. The CBR’s clutch, ECU and six-speed transmission are also carried over, with Honda adding a paddle shifting system to the steering wheel. Honda’s goal is to obliterate Lundefaret’s record by reaching a top speed of more than 150 mph.

The chassis was specially designed,made from T45 steel instead of chromoly for better durability and flexibility (important considering the Mean Mower lacks any suspension). The CBR1000RR SP’s airbox couldn’t fit so Honda and Team Dynamics 3d printed a bespoke airbox just for the Mean Mower.

The Mean Mower V2 runs on four ten-inch ATV wheels. The front wheels are equipped with four-piston calipers while the rear wheels use six-piston brakes.

Of course, to qualify for the record, the Mean Mower V2 still needs to be able to cut grass. The Mean Mower V2 uses the cutter deck from a Honda HF2622 lawn tractor. The cowling is also designed to resemble the HF2622.

To set the record, Honda will call upon kart racer Jess Hawkins. The 23-year-old also races cars and performs as a stunt driver for the touring Fast & Furious Live show.

“The original Mean Mower was a great challenge for us and the result was an amazing machine,” says Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director, Honda (UK). “This time we have moved the game on considerably to build an incredible piece of real engineering, using advanced design and production techniques and calling upon some very clever thinking to bring the performance and power but still retain the look of the production mower. We’re in testing phase now and everything is looking good, with a top speed of more than 150mph very much in our sights.”

Honda Mean Mower V2 Specifications

EngineHonda Fireblade SP in-line four-cylinder (stock)
Power189+ bhp at 13000 rpm (claimed)
0-60Sub 3 seconds
MPG35 mpg (UK)/29.1 mpg (US)
Optimum RPM13000
PTW ratio1000bhp/tonne (est.)
Torque85.6 lb-ft. at 11000 rpm
BodyHonda HF2622 Lawn Tractor
ChassisT45 steel (custom-made)
Weight306 pounds
Length109.1 inches
Wheelbase54.3 inches
Width53.7 inches
Front TiresGoldspeed DWT Red Label 10” x 6” Hoosier R25B Slick
Rear TiresGoldspeed DWT Red Label 10” x 8” Hoosier R25B Slick
Pressure1.4 Bar cold / 2.0 Bar hot
Cutter deckOriginal HF2622
Motors12v electric
Blades2 x 6” composite plastic
Front Brakes– Kelgate 4-piston callipers with drilled titanium coated pistons
Rear BrakesKelgate 6 piston-callipers with drilled titanium coated pistons
SteeringKelgate steering rack with bespoke Sparco steering wheel
Gears6-speed with steering wheel mounted magnetic carbon paddles & TransLogic PSR power shifter
Exhaust systemScorpion custom headers, exhaust & silencer in titanium
InstrumentationHonda Fireblade SP
SeatCobra (custom-made)
Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Bvail Bvail on Jul 05, 2018

    Gee Wizz! That's a lot faster than my Toro ZT3200. By about 146 MPH.

  • Alaskan18724 Alaskan18724 on Jul 05, 2018

    Now, let's see them race up Pike's Peak.

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    • Gruf Rude Gruf Rude on Jul 06, 2018

      Good thought. The vacuum factor would also aid in bagging the clippings.