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Honda’s Mean Mower Scoops’Thing of the Year’in 2013 BBC TopGear Magazine Awards

December 5, 2013

LONDON, December 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Honda (UK)’s fire spitting ‘Mean Mower’ has scooped a very special accolade in the
2013 BBC TopGear Magazine Awards, winning the newly-created ‘Thing of the Year’ title.

In this month’s magazine, Piers Ward of BBC TopGear praises the “brave men and women
of Honda” for creating the 1000cc beast, going on to explain that because Honda stepped up
to the challenge and the resulting “life-affirming event” of driving it makes it worthy of
a BBC TopGear Magazine award. With it not being a car, they had to invent an entirely new
category for Mean Mower, hence the new ‘Thing of the Year’ category.

The accolade follows a very busy six months for Honda’s Mean Mower, which first graced
the pages of BBC TopGear in its ‘Performance Car of the Year’ issue in July, on the back
of its first appearance on track at Clemont Ferrand in central France. Further features
have seen Honda Yuasa’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) driver Gordon ‘Flash’
Shedden compete on the mower against team-mate Matt Neal in the BTCC Civic race car, as
well as pitting the mower against a super-fast executive saloon with a Honda push
lawnmower in the boot.

Most recently Mean Mower appeared at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the world’s premier
automotive speciality products trade event showcasing more than 2,000 new products and
vehicles from across the globe. Displayed alongside Honda’s latest Civic coupe it was
admired by more than 60,000 international trade visitors.

The 109hp Mean Mower was commissioned by Honda (UK) and built by its BTCC partner,
Team Dynamics. As well as a blistering top speed of 130mph, it is geared to cover the 0-60
sprint in a mere four seconds. It weighs just 140kgm, producing 96Nm of torque and boasts
an incredible power-to-weight ratio of 532bhp/tonne.

The project saw Team Dynamics re-engineer a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor from the
ground-up, adding a custom-made fabricated chassis, a 1000cc engine from a Honda VTR
Firestorm motorcycle, a bespoke suspension and wheels from an ATV. It features a
custom-made paddle shift six-speed gear system, a bespoke sports seat and a Scorpion
exhaust system.

Every effort has been made to retain as much of the look of the original mower as
possible. The cutter deck was custom-made in fibre-glass, to reduce weight, while, in a
stroke of pure genius, the grass bag provides a happy home for the fuel tank, a high
capacity oil cooler and a secondary water cooling radiator. Mean Mower can also still cut
grass, at up to 15mph, thanks to two electric motors on the cutter deck, spinning 3mm
steel cutting cable at an incredible 4000rpm.

Piers Ward of BBC TopGear Magazine enthuses: “”On any logical level, the Mean Mower
makes no sense – no one really needs a 130mph lawnmower that can do 0-60mph in four
seconds. But sometimes, we just need our grass cutting faster…”

Ellie Ostinelli, PR Communications Manager for Honda (UK) added: “Mean Mower has
captured the imagination of millions of people and demonstrates brilliantly Honda’s spirit
of innovation and ability to create extraordinary pieces of engineering. We are delighted
with BBC TopGear’s ‘Thing of the Year’ award… with all the hard work the machine has put
in over the last six months, Mean Mower certainly deserves it.”

Check out 2012 British Touring Car Champion and Honda Yuasa Racing driver Gordon
‘Flash’ Shedden putting Mean Mower through its paces here – http://bit.ly/MeanMower

Discover Honda’s powerful range of ride-on mowers at

http://www.honda.co.uk/garden/ride-onmowers

        Contact

        Honda Press Office

        Honda (UK)
        Office:  +44(0)1753-590141
        Email:  huk.pressoffice@honda-eu.com

        Ellie Ostinelli

        Honda (UK)
        Office:  +44(0)1753-590193
        Mobile:  +44(0)7872-103205
        Email:  ellie.ostinelli@honda-eu.com

SOURCE Honda (UK)


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