We're not even sure they've got a blade of Kentucky Bluegrass to cut, but the folks at Top Gear have gone ahead and started building what will become, if they're successful, the world's fastest lawn mower. Actually, it appears Top Gear is not doing much of the design and assembly work at all, instead having solicited help from experts at Honda and Team Dynamics, which oversees the automaker's touring car efforts.

What the three are working on is a riding lawnmower with a 110-hp engine that can reach 60 miles per hour in four seconds and trim turf at speeds up to 130 mph. If they succeed, such a maximum velocity would put them well ahead of the current record for the world's fastest lawnmower, which is 96.529 mph set by Bobby Cleveland and his Snapper race mower at the Bonneville Salt Flats in September of 2010. Top Gear hasn't said whether or not it will officially go after Cleveland's record, but the build will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Top Gear magazine and is scheduled to be completed by June 17, so we may learn what this maniacal mower's true purpose is then.

According to TG's report on how the build is going, as well as the video of it being fired up (literally) for the first time below, there aren't many actual mower parts left on this machine. What started out as a Honda HF2620 mower now sports wheels and tires from a racing quad, a back axle from a go-kart, a steering rack from a Morris Minor and a 1000cc engine from a Honda VTR1000F sport bike. All that remains from the original mower are the pedals and body panels; even the steel cutting deck has been replaced with a lighter fiberglass version. And blades? This mower will be bladeless, instead using two electric motors to spin lengths of brake cable like a weed whacker.


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      TezArt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Top Gear gets more and more pathetic each series ! Can we see cars that 'normal' people can afford ? NO, of course we can't !!!
        al4gg10
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TezArt
        Really ? The "star in the reasonably priced car" (KIA C'D ) segment is one of the highlights of Top Gear in the UK. Yes those KIAs are available here on our shores too ! Plus this is done on every show so next time you are at a Star Bucks get a double espresso to go before you watch the show ! BTW the Tom Cruise / Cammeron Diaz drives of the car was great fun to watch. Flogging super cars has always been something I wanted to do ... now I get to watch Hamilton , Captain Slow & Jezza do it for me. What FUN !
      KingNine
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better break out the hammers
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's sad that the most interesting vehicle Honda will make is a hopped lawnmower.
        NissanGTR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        Did you forget the Honda cbr600rr, cbr1000rr, cbr500r, cbr500f, cb1000r, cb 1000?
          OptimusPrimeRib
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NissanGTR
          I should've said on 4 wheels but then again if I were to buy a bike it wouldn't be a Honda. It'd probably a Suzuki or an Aprill or a Ducatti or if I had the money a BMW.
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now only if Honda invested that much time into their powertrain and chassis departments on their cars again..
        King of Eldorado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        That was my first thought exactly. Then I decided to be charitable and assume Honda (and other car companies) gets some PR or technological benefit from programs like this. Plus one for you, though.
      sumac001
      • 1 Year Ago
      TORO IS STILL NUMBER ONE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sumac001
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      boston6r
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are years late with this one. There is a another one in KY with a Honda 600RR on alky. Will blow the doors off this one. So sad the real racer don't get the ink. HPD needs reorganized. They are even hurting the MC dealers who sell shifter kart engines for a living. And now the dealers competitor is HPD. SAD
      dqracerquick
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a death trap,,, looks like a Spanky and his gang project, without the 2x4\'s and nails. Who\'s beer ya gonna hold while they test drive it....?
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      WHY?
      sloturbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is no longer a lawnmower at this point, it's just a quad/go-kart.
      bubciak
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't that CR V
      3ckspress
      • 1 Year Ago
      Top Gear US or UK? Cause if it's US then I couldn't really care... Top gear US would actually attempt to mow a lawn... Jeremy Clarkson would drive it through the BBC's garden... ;)
      collabplan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice. Good scoop, Autoblog.
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