GIF: Goodwood Road & Racing (YouTube)
When you move into a place with a yard that isn’t mowed for you, lawn mowers become a sort of passive enemy. They sit there, reminding you that when the grass starts growing, you’ll have to spend important hours of your life cutting it regularly because we’ve decided as a society that manicured yards are superior.
There’s also the fact that grass is itchy and exists to make people sneeze, which doesn’t help its cause.
But that bitterness, my bitterness, often shields me from remembering that super mowers exist and that people race lawn mowers — both of the “super” and not of the “super” kind, I would assume. That’s a true flaw of mine.
Alas, Honda’s 189-horsepower new Mean Mower V2 has reminded me of my frequent failures to recognise that machines built to cut grass are not just tools of domestic drudgery. Not only is this thing about to try to top 241km/h and set a new record for world’s fastest lawn mower with an engine from the CBR1000RR Fireblade motorcycle, but it can also tear it up in the grass at any speed.
Honda also told Jalopnik, after running some numbers, that the mower could probably cut grass at 80km/h in the right circumstances, which would, honestly, relieve some of the stress that traditional grass mowing causes in the first place.
Let’s all pool our resources and start hosting rallies with lawn mowers that are way too powerful for their own good. My yard would be a great season opener.