On the last day of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Brands Hatch, spectators watched in amazement as Honda’s 190bhp lawn mower took to the track for its first lap.
Named the Mean Mower V2, the crazed gardening machine was built by Team Dynamics – Honda’s partner in the BTCC. It features a 999cc four-cylinder engine from Honda’s SP motorcycle, which has been modified to produce 190bhp at 13,000rpm. However, due to it being fitted to a sit-on lawn mower, it gives the machine a power to weight ratio of 1000bhp/tonne and makes it capable of hitting 150mph.
So, as you can imagine, it’s far from your regular run-of-the-mill mower. With such performance at its disposal, the Mean Mower V2 is more at home on the racetrack than the back garden.
Which brings us to Brands Hatch on finals day of the BTCC, where Jess Hawkins took to the track for the wacky lawn mower’s debut lap. She described it as a ‘spectacular’ and ‘incredible experience’ that demonstrates Honda’s ability to ‘push technological boundaries’ whilst continuing to produce enjoyable products.The lap of Brands Hatch follows the Mean Mower V2’s apearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
The spectators at BTCC were not disappointed either; as they witnessed a machine originally created to tear up the lawn, tear up the racetrack.