Honda Unleashes a 109HP Lawn Tractor


Honda has a rich racing and off-road heritage and recently their UK team decided to meld that experience with their line of lawn tractors. They teamed up with their title winning British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) partner, Team Dynamics, to create what is believed to be the world’s fastest lawn mower.

Honda is calling it their Mean Mower.

Meet Mean Mower…
The brief for Project Mean Mower was very straightforward. To build a super-fast mower which retained its original look, but, crucially, could still cut grass. The result is a machine capable of reaching an estimated 130mph and 0-60 in just four seconds with an ear splitting roar reaching 130db.


The Birth of Mean Mower
Team Dynamics re-engineered a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor from the ground-up, adding an all-new fabricated chassis, custom-made from 4130 chromoly, to provide a strong, safe but very light platform. A 1000cc engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm was used, along with a bespoke suspension and wheels from an ATV.

Every effort has been made to retain as much of the look of the original mower as possible. The cutter deck was custom-made in fibre-glass, to reduce weight, while, in a stroke of pure genius, the grass bag provides a happy home for the fuel tank, a high capacity oil cooler and a secondary water cooling radiator.


The ability to still cut grass was also a key element of the brief, and the super-fast mower still can, admirably, thanks to two electric motors on the cutter deck, spinning 3mm steel cutting cable at an incredible 4000rpm. The mower can cut grass at around 15mph, more than double the flat-out speed of the original HF2620 from which it is derived.

Based on feedback from Honda Yuasa Racing drivers, three times BTCC champion Matt Neal and reigning champion Gordon Shedden, the mower features a custom-made paddle shift six-speed gear system. Additionally it has a custom-made Cobra sports seat, a Scorpion exhaust system and a steering rack taken from a Morris Minor.

The result of this remarkable feat of engineering is a lawn mower set-up and geared to achieve a top speed in excess of 130mph, weighing just 140kgm, producing 96Nm of torque and an incredible PTW ratio of 532bhp/ton. In testing to date the mower has topped 100mph on a circuit, belting out a remarkable 130db at three-quarter RPM and 98db at idle.



Safety is paramount to the project, so every effort has been made to make the mower stable and secure. To achieve optimum balance ATV wheels have been used – ideal because ATV racing is held on rough off-road tracks. Super-soft tires ensure optimum grip and excellent handling on the tarmac.


Every effort has been made to use Honda parts, where possible, including brakes and several motorcycle components. Almost everything else has been custom-made by Team Dynamics and its partners.

Here’s a great video of the mower in action.

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    Brad Hoblit
    September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    If you’re handy with a jigsaw (aka sabresaw, scroll saw) and a router, you can make an attractive medallion of your own. Use MDF, or similar product, because it is stable and easy to cut and paint. You can get varied thicknesses, or glue them to desired thickness With the saw, you can make it round, octagonal, or about any shape you want. A well-chosen router bit will put an elegant edge profile on it, and voila! You’re ready to paint and install your classy, hand-made, custom-fit, last-a-lifetime solution.

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    September 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    They make junction boxes for this.  google for “pancake junction box” and you’ll see that they are much shallower than standard boxes.  

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    September 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    and based on the images, it looks like you are using a standard junction box, so a pancake style one should allow your fixture to sit flush

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    September 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    If you find a cheap medallion, you can also cut out the center, but that would also require taking the lighting down and futzing with it until it looks right. So definitely check into a flatter junction box. That would drive me crazy too!

  • HomeConstructionImprovement
    September 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Definitely get a pancake box and life will be right again!

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    Jeff Williams
    July 25, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Great find. This things would own the field at a lawnmower race.

    Love the new look of C&H.

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