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Honda builds world's fastest lawn mower

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   July 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM   |   Comments

July 19 (UPI) -- Honda's "Mean Mower" has just become the world's fastest lawn mower.

The U.K. branch of the company paired with Top Gear magazine and racing company Team Dynamics to convert a ride-on mower to reach speeds of up to 130 m.p.h. while still cutting the grass. That would easily beat the current world record of 96.5 miles per hour.

The crew took a standard Honda lawn tractor and replaced its stock engine -- 20 horsepower -- with the engine and transmission from a Honda VTR1000 Firestorm, which has 109 horsepower.

They then reconfigured the suspension to support all-terrain tires and added the finishing touches. The mower can hit 60 miles per hour in four seconds.

Unfortunately, this was a one-time project for Honda, and the company will not produce a lawn mower that fast. Pity, since it would allow much more time for weekend plans.

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