There's this long running, now overplayed joke in the car world that anything even remotely fast with an H-badge on it — especially Civics — are just over-powered lawnmowers. Ha ha, comedian of the year over here. Get this man a medal etc.

And Honda thinks your joke is hilarious too, so they went and built it.

Dubbed the Mean Mower, Honda developed the ride-on with British Touring Car Championship partner Team Dynamics, to promote the brand's line of actual lawnmowers and tractors — yes, they actually make them, and they're pretty good too. The first of which was built five years ago using a one-litre V-twin engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm bike, with wheels and tyres from their ATV range and custom suspension. Weighing in at a mere 140kg, it was a weapon.

It set the record for the world's fastest lawnmower, reaching a top speed of  186kph (116mph) at the Applus Idiada proving ground in Spain — 45kph (28mph) quicker than the previous record holder.

Back again with version two, the old V-twin engine has been binned for a CBR1000R Fireblade superbike heart which produces 60kW more. With the power increase the new top speed is expected to exceed 217kph (135mph). The '17 Civic Type R has been bumped back to second on the fastest lawnmower standings after claiming the title last year (ok, we couldn't help ourselves).

Jaden Martin

Growing up inhaling paint fumes and bog dust at his old man's panel shop, Jaden is a qualified word bender that has obtained a 'brofessional' diploma in car building from years of trial and error. He's currently trying to finish his creation of Australian-based debauchery crammed with Japanese- and Euro-inspired goodness. You'll find him writing for NZ Performance Car and producing content online.

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