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Honda scares the garden gnomes with 130mph lawnmower

Shreds your garden at 0-60mph in four seconds
Thu Jul 18 2013, 17:23
0-60 in four seconds

JAPANESE AUTO FIRM Honda has built what it claims is the world's fastest lawnmower, with a potential to reach grass-guzzling speeds of up to 130mph.

Taking up a challenge from Top Gear Magazine, Honda said that the lawnmower dubbed "Mean Mower" will chew up and spit out blades of grass with 109 horsepower, revving up and zipping out of the garage with a rather remarkable 0 to 60mph time of four seconds flat.

In order to reach such speeds over more traditional motorised lawnmowers that cruise at an average of 8-10mph, Honda has installed a 1.0 litre VTR Firestorm engine that usually features in motorcycles.

The first test drives of the garden gobbler initially clocked the mower at just over 100mph on the back straight of the Circuit de Charade testing course in France. According to The BBC, Top Gear Magazine has also put the mower through its paces.

Honda told The INQUIRER that it's not sure when the firm will attempt to break the present lawnmower speed record, which stands at 96.5mph, but said that is definitely something it will look to accomplish in the near future.

The existing lawnmower speed record was set by Gold Eagle in September 2010. The Japanese motor firm said that building the speedy lawnmower demonstrates "the breadth of Honda's product offering".

To celebrate the speedy lawnmower's release Honda has uploaded a video to Youtube featuring British touring car champion Gordon Shedden shredding a very English looking garden as he darts between garden gnomes and water features. µ


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