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Top Gear UK and Honda Build Scariest Lawn Mower Ever

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How fast does your lawn mower go?

Our favorite car nuts over at Top Gear UK recently issued a challenge for Honda to build a 130 mph lawn mower. If you find yourself asking why anyone would ever need a lawn mower capable of doing 0-60 in four seconds, you've obviously never seen an episode of Top Gear. Still, for whatever reason, the lads decided they needed such a vehicle, and put in a call to Honda to see if the Japanese car maker could help make their dreams a reality.

 

What the Top Gear team didn't realize was that their dream was a lot scarier than they had anticipated. The monster that Honda's Team Dynamics came up with was built using a VTR 1000cc engine complete with a steering rack from a Morris Minor, wheels and tires from a racing quad, a fiber glass cutting deck, and the back axle of a 250cc go-kart. Two lengths of brake cable were attached to two motors spinning at 4000 RPM and act as the blades for cutting the grass. We mustn't forget that this beast, capable of a top speed of 130 mph and with a power-to-weight ratio of 520 bhp per tonne, is actually supposed to be used to cut grass.

Top Gear has a video of the mower actually running on its website, but there's been no grass cutting that we know of just yet. What we do know is that this thing is loud, and we'd love to roll one across our lawn on Sunday morning, just to see the neighbors' faces. Head on over to Top Gear for the video. For more on this monster mower, head here.

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    SirGCal , June 6, 2013 2:26 PM
    But how do I get one!?! Love the show, but as a wheelchair user, this is a lawnmower I NEED!
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    dormantreign , June 6, 2013 2:40 PM
    I can't wait for the new series to start this summer. Thanks for posting :) 
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    frank the tank , June 6, 2013 2:55 PM
    I love top gear UK! but how is this relevant on a computer hardware site? Guess the staff at Toms Hardware must be fans of the show as well! Props to that! ;) 
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    slomo4sho , June 6, 2013 4:18 PM
    Place it on its side, change the blade, and make it into a hovercraft?
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    mapesdhs , June 6, 2013 4:45 PM

    Given that TV here is full of cookery programmes, soaps, reality TV nonsense
    and boring dramas, Top Gear keeps me sane. 8) Well, reasonably... muahahaha...
    Atm TG & BBT are the only shows worth watching. Why do I bother with cable??
    Looking forward to the lawnmower prog, not seen that one yet.
    Ian.
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    XZaapryca , June 6, 2013 5:16 PM
    Best show on television anywhere.
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    anort3 , June 6, 2013 5:22 PM
    One of the best shows on TV and I say that as an American. I watch American Top Gear just because I like the cars but the UK show is brilliant comedy. I just wish the new seasons or series as they call them were not so short.
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    dailo23 , June 6, 2013 11:09 PM
    on related news, husband all over the world suddenly love mowing their lawn