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Honda & Top Gear UK Build Lawnmower With 130 mph Top Speed

By Satya Swaroop Dash in 'Mechanical | Automobile | Aeronautics', Jun 5, 2013.

  1. Satya Swaroop Dash

    Engineering Discipline:
    Computer Science
    Top Gear UK is well known for its ludicrous activities, whether it’s their plan of building a food blender with a V8 engine or sending a Reliant Robin as a space shuttle Top Gear have always lived up to their “ambitious but rubbish” tagline. Recently they came up with an idea to spice up the humble lawnmower that would break speed records while managing to clean up grass, so instead of fooling about they decided to call in some expert assistance. Soon Honda answered their call and sent in their Team Dynamics to get cracking. The team started with a Honda HF2620 mower fitted it with a VTR 1000cc engine and steering rack from a Morris Minor. The wheels and the tyres were taken from a racing quad bike and the back axle was out of a 250 cc go-kart. Since the team has not yet put a seatbelt the machine has not been able to test its actual performance on a track but they have calculated theoretically that this little monster is capable of going from 0-60 mph (0-96.5 kmph) in about 4 seconds and with a power to weight ratio of 520 brake horse power (bhp) per tonne it can reach speeds up to 130 mph.


    But what about the grass cutting objective, you say? The team has got rid of the standard metal blades as they were too complicated and they got in the way of the new transmission system. The replacement was done by two electric motors on which a length brake cable was attached that spins a four thousand rpm capable of cutting anything that come across it. To make sure that the powerful lawnmower does not disturb your neighbours, a chain tensioning system has been set between the engine and the rear axle and lined up with plastic. All that remains to see is how this machine will be used in a garden by the tame racing driver of Top Gear, The Stig.

    Source: CNET Via Top Gear | Video Link
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    1. Anil Jain

      Anil Jain Star

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      rofl idea.. need to see, where would they use this lawnmover.
      If *Only* in Parks (that has some good lengths, where this lawnmover can pick up speed), than what about the total sale of this?

    2. Satya Swaroop Dash

      Engineering Discipline:
      Computer Science
      This modification was made as a part of a Top Gear challenge, I am not sure that this would be safe enough to be implemented in actual parks. But I think that this lawnmower could take part in the fastest lawnmower contest and win it.