LONDON, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - In response to an as yet untapped
requirement for extreme lawn-care equipment, TopGear Magazine has teamed up with Honda to produce just that - the MeanMower.
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Loosely based on the Honda HF2620 ride-on, the MeanMower was stripped
and re-built by Honda's British Touring Car experts at Team Dynamics,
adding a spaceframe chassis, a 1000cc Honda VTR Firestorm motorbike
engine, bespoke suspension and tyres from a racing ATV.
But despite looking like the standard mower, the Honda now produces
109bhp and 71lb ft - making it theoretically capable of zero to 60mph
in under four seconds, and a record-breaking top speed of around
130mph. And it still cuts grass.
The mower managed 100.03mph on track at TopGear Magazine's annual Speed Week event - a tyre-shredding test of 14 of the year's
best performance machines. Watch the Stig drive it here: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/top-gear-magazine-speed-week-2013-7-17
See the full story in the latest issue of TopGear Magazine, available in print and on iPad, on sale today. Or go to http://www.topgear.com/speedweek.
"With the TopGear lawn to mow and a Stig on the staff, it seemed perfectly normal to work
with Honda to create this thing," said BBC TopGear Magazine's Piers Ward. "Though I have to say, having driven it, I've never been so
terrified. It accelerates like a rocket and, like any mower, there
aren't any seatbelts."
Ellie Ostinelli, Honda (UK) said; "Our brief was very straightforward -
we wanted a super-fast lawnmower which retained the look of a mower,
but above all else, it needed to still cut grass. Honda is a great
believer in pushing boundaries…and we love a challenge!"
Team Dynamics team manager Peter Crolla added, "To our knowledge, this
has never been done before, certainly using this mower/engine and Stig
combination. Our biggest engineering challenge was the need to retain
the look of the lawn mower and the ability to still cut grass. The
engine's low weight and exceptionally accessible performance has been
the key ingredient for the project."
BBC Top Gear Magazine (UK) has a combined print and digital circulation
of 155,017 (ABC Jan-Jul 12). With a market share of 35.8%, BBC TopGear Magazine has more than one in every three of copies sold in the total core
SOURCE: BBC Top Gear Magazine
For further information:
Simon Carrington, Publisher BBC Top Gear,
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