A few years back, Chevrolet ran a commercial that poked fun at Honda lawn mowers. In the ad, former NFL star and current analyst Howie Long gestures toward a red mower and admits, "Honda does make something that we just can't compete with." Little did Chevy know that Honda would later develop a lawnmower capable of keeping up with a stock Corvette.
Honda calls the high-performance maintenance machine the Mean Mower. Built in collaboration with British Touring Car Championship's Team Dynamics, Honda claims the Mean Mower is capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in an estimated 4 seconds, or .2 seconds faster than Chevrolet's estimate for their base 2013 Corvette Coupe.
Granted, comparing cars to lawn mowers is apples and oranges. Someone should tell Howie.
The Mean Mower is powered by a 109 horsepower, 1000cc VTR 1000F Firestorm engine and can reach an estimated top speed of 133 miles per hour. Based on Honda's HF2620 riding mower, the Mean Mower features a custom chassis, bespoke suspension and ATV wheels. Perhaps coolest of all, it can still cut grass at low speeds.
"One of the key challenges is that this has never been done before, to our knowledge, and so there are few learnings to call upon," said Pete Crolla of Team Dynamics. "From an engineering perspective, retaining the look of the mower, and the ability to still cut grass were the biggest challenge."
Even the BBC's Top Gear got in on the Mean Mower action, sending their famous masked driver "The Stig" on a lap in the video below.