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article imageVideo: World's fastest lawnmower

By Gene Kosowan     Apr 23, 2014 in Technology
Ideal for Formula 1 buffs to act out their fantasies while getting an otherwise tedious chore done, Honda's issued a lawnmower capable of speeds up to 210 km/h.
Admittedly, the mower, created as a novelty partnership between Honda and Top Gear magazine, was ramped up in May 2013, but only now has it been trending on YouTube, recently surpassing 5 million views.
Perhaps it's due to the comedic image of a driver in full racing gear mounting a machine that looks to be more suited to a backyard than the back straightaways. Or maybe it's a fascination over why a company would bother with installing a VTR 1000cc engine into the body of a Honda HF2620 mower. Or, more pertinently, the video just might raise questions over why an auto manufacturer would partner with a driving magazine to create a contraption for a market where admittedly little or no demand exists.
It turns out the whole project was launched as a lark to tap any sense of curiosity surrounding "extreme lawn care equipment."
"We wanted a super-fast lawnmower which retained the look of a mower, but above all else, it needed to still cut grass," said Honda UK's Ellie Ostinelli. "Honda is a great believer in pushing boundaries…and we love a challenge!"
If Honda ever got serious about marketing what it dubs as the MeanMower (which has already existed for nearly a year), the question remains whether the product would actually "cut it" with consumers. With the capability of going 0-60 mph in four seconds and lacking a seatbelt, it's best suited for testosterone-raging gardeners, ironic since horticultural hobbyists tend to avoid such impulses in the first place.
Still, at what clip would folks race to a Honda dealership for the sake of bagging a slew of clippings at breakneck speed?
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