Spectacular Honda Mean Mower V2 takes on legendary Brands Hatch
- Team Dynamics-built lawnmower traces its motorsport origins in Brands Hatch demo
- Unique Mean Mower V2 follows in the wheel-tracks of Honda Civic Type R (FK8)
- Jess Hawkins delights spectators with first-of-its-kind lap on BTCC finals day
From Formula 1 to touring cars to Superbikes, machinery of all shapes and sizes have turned a wheel on the hallowed racing lines of Brands Hatch’s iconic circuit over the decades but today [30 September] fans attending the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship finale were treated to a lap like never before – by a lawn mower!
Then again, this is no ordinary garden tool – this is the Mean Mower V2, Honda’s extraordinary high-performance interpretation of the humble mower, a machine capable of hitting 150mph as easily as it cuts your garden lawn.
Built by Team Dynamics, Honda’s partner in the BTCC, and powered by a 999cc four-cylinder unit lifted from Honda’s Fireblade SP motorcycle, fettled to produce 190bhp at 13,000rpm, the Mean Mower V2’s motorsport origins arguably make the race track a fitting spiritual home for this show-stopper.
So while the sight of a lawnmower – which retains the traditional look and cutting abilities of a Honda HF 2622 lawn tractor – lining up on the grid was always going to turn heads, it was the Mean Mower V2’s pure power that left spectators awe-struck as professional racer Jess Hawkins hit full throttle.
With a power to weight ratio of 1000bhp/tonne making the world-famous plunge into Paddock Hill Bend an experience like no other and the high-tech Honda Fireblade SP clutch, ECU and six-speed drive train launching a slingshot through Clearways, the Mean Mower V2 gives a fine impression of a race-ready contender.
Built to demonstrate Honda’s breadth of product offering, sporty credentials and reputation as one of the world’s most innovative companies, the second-generation Mean Mower V2 – launched in July – is a true one-of-its-kind icon. Jess Hawkins“What an incredible experience! It may not be the traditional way to drive a lap of Brands Hatch, but at the wheel of the Mean Mower
V2 it is a lap like no other. It doesn’t take long to discover just how much motorsport DNA has been incorporated into the Mean Mower V2 to create a machine that feels equally as capable of rapid lap times as it does simply cutting the lawn. It’s a genuine – and spectacular –
measure of Honda’s ability to
utilise its wide-ranging skills for products that are fun whilst continuing to push technological boundaries. I only wish I could have completed more laps!” James Rodgers - Team Dynamics, Team Manager“The relationship between Team Dynamics and Honda has yielded significant successes over the years but the Mean Mower V2 project is an achievement we are especially proud of. It really has to be seen to be believed and today a huge audience got to see just what can
achieved when you think outside the box. It’s a visionary philosophy Team Dynamics and Honda have in common and is why we will continue to push the boundaries whether it’s with the Honda Civic Type R, a Honda lawnmower or anything in between.”