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BBC Top Gear 'The Stig' mows his lawns - very quickly

Grassclippings - Honda Lawn MowerIf really you want to cut your grass in a hurry, Honda engineers have created just the job – the 130mph lawn mower.

It has been specially adapted from a conventional lawn tractor by the firm’s top British race technicians who have turned it into a super-charged blade-runner.

And with performance that will propel it from rest to 60mph in under four seconds it will be a match for many supercars and outpace most family runarounds – if you’re brave enough to sit on it.

The ton-up lawn-tractor’s creation coincides with the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the Japanese car-maker announced it was setting up the new F1 racing McLaren-Honda  team headquarters in Milton Keynes reports Ray Massey from The Daily Mail.

And  it features exclusively in the August special edition of the latest Top Gear magazine to be published on Wednesday July 17 as part of its focus on the Performance Cars of the Year, where the Top Gear team have dubbed it the ‘Frankenmower’.

Top Gear magazine’s chief road tester Piers Ward, who took the lawn mower for a spin ahead of their in-house racing driver, the Stig, said: ‘In a Top Gear world littered with stupid stunts, driving a 130mph mower ranks up there as being one of the more unhinged.’

Frankenmower's dimensions:

  • Length: 2480mm
  • Width: 1260mm
  • Height: 1120mm
  • Cutting width: 48 inches

Technical specifications:

  • Engine: 1000cc V-Twin, 109bhp engine from a Honda VTR1000 Firestorm motorbike.
  • Power: 109 bhp – similar to a Ford Fiesta
  • Weight (with driver):
  • Gears: 6-speed speed manual, rear-wheel drive
  • Top speed: 133mph
  • Acceleration 0 to 60mph: 4.0 seconds.
  • Weight:  140kg (205kg with driver)
  • Based around: Honda HF 2620HT lawn-mower mini-tractor costing around £4,000

The Frankenmower is based around a conventional HF 2620HT Honda lawn-mowing mini tractor costing around £4,000, though that family of mowers starts at around £2,000.

Read more on The Daily Mail



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