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Honda Racing Driver Tackles Spa In The 130-MPH Mean Mower: Video

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Honda’s Mean Mower is back. After setting the Guinness World Record for the fastest speed reached by a lawn mower, the 109-horsepower garden tool has now tacked Belgium’s legendary Spa Francorchamps with Honda racing driver Tiago Monteiro behind the wheel.

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Monteiro drives Honda’s Civic race car in the World Touring Car Championship and is a former Formula One driver, so he’s quite familiar with Spa and its famous Eau Rouge corner. Despite damp conditions on the track following a heavy storm, Monteiro managed to take the Mean Mower up to 80 mph as he approached the most famous bend in the world of motorsport.

Furthermore, keen to see how the Mean Mower performs the job it was always meant to do, Tiago warmed up for his test drive on the track by mowing some grass around the circuit, finishing up with a few donuts to entertain onlookers.

“I’ve competed at Spa in many different cars but this was a little bit different,” Monteiro said in a statement. “It’s fast, very fast, and quite sensitive, making it difficult to drive at pace.”

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If you’re still wondering why the Mean Mower exists, Honda says it built it to demonstrate its sprit of innovation, its motorsport heritage, and the fact that there are many products with a Honda badge other than cars. The Mean Mower started out life as a regular HF2620 lawn mower but had its chassis replaced, its suspension upgraded, and its stock motor replaced by a 1.0-liter unit from a Honda VTR Firestorm motorcycle. Weighing just over 300 pounds, the Honda Mean Mower will sprint to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 130 mph.

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