"Honey I'm going to mow the lawn"
For the past week or so most of us have been enjoying the thoroughly breath-taking weather, taking to the back garden for barbecues, water fights, al fresco lunches and just plain old sunbathing. But now that the temperatures have taken a dip (Ed: they have?!) it is probably time we looked after our garden before the mercury begins to rise again. For most, this will mean the completely thankless task of dragging the lawnmower out of hibernation and sweating profusely as it is pushed up and down the lawn; not if you have the latest Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor though, as this mean mower has an estimated top speed of 210km/h and can hit 100km/h in just over four seconds.
As you might suspect this lawn mower is no off-the-shelf item and is in fact a completely custom one-off, the result of a co-operation between Honda and the motorsport team that runs the Honda BTCC entry, Team Dynamics. With a power-to-weight ratio of 540hp per tonne (only 20hp down on the Bugatti Veyron) the creation is thought to be the world's fastest lawn mower.
Based around a custom fabricated 4130 chromoly chassis, the one-off features a 1,000cc motorbike engine lifted directly from the Honda VTR Firestorm, bespoke suspension and the wheels of an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Based on feedback received from Honda BTCC driver Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden the mower features a six-speed paddle shift transmission.
While the original grass bag now houses a fuel tank, oil cooler and secondary radiator, the mean mower can still cut grass with the best thanks to a pair of electric motors that spin a steel cable at 4,000prm. In fact, the mower can cut grass at around 25km/h, more than double that of the original HF2620 on which it is based.According to Peter Crolla, Team Dynamics Team Manager: "retaining the look of the mower, and the ability to still cut grass were the biggest challenge" but as Kate Saxton, Manager - Corporate Affairs, at Honda (UK) says; "We love a challenge!"