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(BBC)   Tired of mowing your lawn at a measly 5mph? Honda has the mower for you   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 38
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2013-07-17 11:43:06 AM  
More Power! Uhhhh, Uhhhh, Uhhhhh!
 
2013-07-17 11:44:08 AM  
And yet still no progress on a lawnmower/hovercraft hybrid.
 
2013-07-17 11:44:28 AM  
Oh sure. I'd love to run over a tree root at 130 MPH.
 
2013-07-17 11:44:41 AM  
So I could mow my yard in like 45 seconds, the only challenge would be slowing down for the turns...maybe the neighbors would let me mow their yard also, longer runs so I could accelerate

Does it come with a pit crew?  Maybe the kiddies could do that
 
2013-07-17 11:45:41 AM  
<i>The high-powered motorbike engine gives the mower a 130 decibel roar - and creates flames from the exhaust. </i>

i call it a Flaming Mow. What? What are you looking at?
 
2013-07-17 11:46:05 AM  
"The main engineering challenge stems from the need to retain the look of the lawnmower on which it is based, and the ability to still cut grass while achieving the speed and the handling characteristics required for this type of vehicle," said Peter Crolla, team manager at Team Dynamics - Honda's UK motor racing team partner - which is overseeing the project.

I love that they are putting some serious thought into this.
 
2013-07-17 11:46:52 AM  
The Stig is a Mexican?  That's a plot twist
 
2013-07-17 11:49:28 AM  

Langston: And yet still no progress on a lawnmower/hovercraft hybrid.


Ever heard of a Flymo?
 
2013-07-17 11:51:10 AM  

Langston: And yet still no progress on a lawnmower/hovercraft hybrid.


I thought they did that way back in the day. What was the name.. Flymo, I think.
 
2013-07-17 11:51:22 AM  
Shouldn't this be a 'followup'?

http://www.fark.com/comments/7782721/Top-Gear-Can-you-build-a-lawnmow e r-that-cuts-grass-at-130-MPH-Honda-We-got-you-covered

(That thread was on June 5th.)
 
2013-07-17 11:54:31 AM  
It only gets one lawn per gallon.
 
2013-07-17 11:55:52 AM  
I have an old Craftsman 27hp riding mower that I bought used from some gearhead on Craiglist. I've never clocked it, but he claims 20mph at full throttle which is redonkulous fast on a mower and I rarely put the throttle that high because it terrifies me. I can't imagine 60mph.
 
2013-07-17 11:56:06 AM  
I'd actually rather they put the power into spinning the blade than into speed.  Lawns I used to mow for my parents had 1ft tall grass.  It was a formidable opponent for my small lawnmower.
 
2013-07-17 11:56:49 AM  
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2013-07-17 11:59:04 AM  
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2013-07-17 12:00:35 PM  
I can mow my "lawn" in about 5 min with a weed whacker. My folks have a nice big lawn dad would like this.
 
2013-07-17 12:01:11 PM  
Langston
And yet still no progress on a lawnmower/hovercraft hybrid.


Didn't Toro try something like that years ago?

/Guess I could try my google skills.
 
2013-07-17 12:04:00 PM  
 
2013-07-17 12:09:17 PM  

AMonkey'sUncle: More Power! Uhhhh, Uhhhh, Uhhhhh!



None of my friends are aware of Tim Allen's stand up prior to Home Improvement.

So many great references lost on them.
 
2013-07-17 12:22:50 PM  
Vtec just kicked in, yo!
 
2013-07-17 12:28:17 PM  

RottNDude: Vtec just kicked in, yo!


A++, would spray food over my monitor again.
 
2013-07-17 12:29:32 PM  
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2013-07-17 12:40:06 PM  
at some point it's no longer a lawn mower and is basically a race car.
 
2013-07-17 12:55:36 PM  

abhorrent1: at some point it's no longer a lawn mower and is basically a race car.

gocart

FTFY
 
2013-07-17 12:57:28 PM  
Nothing runs like a ............Deere?
 
2013-07-17 01:00:35 PM  

BlackMtnMan: Nothing runs like a ............Deere?


Well, If you go hunting on one of these....
 
2013-07-17 01:05:58 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: The Stig is a Mexican?  That's a plot twist


And on that bombshell...
 
2013-07-17 01:08:40 PM  
Still needs MORE POWER!!
 
2013-07-17 01:09:23 PM  

that was my nickname in highschool: AMonkey'sUncle: More Power! Uhhhh, Uhhhh, Uhhhhh!


None of my friends are aware of Tim Allen's stand up prior to Home Improvement.

So many great references lost on them.


Have you read any of Tim Allen's books?  His I'm Not Really Here is pretty cool.
 
2013-07-17 01:17:57 PM  

uttertosh: abhorrent1: at some point it's no longer a lawn mower and is basically a race car. gocart

FTFY


Well yeah I guess.
Next up. They bolt a mower deck under a NASCAR and "OMG we've made a 200+ mph lawn mower!"
 
2013-07-17 01:34:21 PM  

abhorrent1: uttertosh: abhorrent1: at some point it's no longer a lawn mower and is basically a race car. gocart

FTFY

Well yeah I guess.
Next up. They bolt a mower deck under a NASCAR and "OMG we've made a 200+ mph lawn mower!"


And then, as per the article, they remove the mower deck because they only had 1 cm ground clearance with it, but still call it a "mower".
 
2013-07-17 03:02:42 PM  

mainstreet62: Oh sure. I'd love to run over a tree root at 130 MPH.


Wouldn't be a problem. This thing can't do 130MPH and still mow grass, according to the article - to hit high speeds, the "improvised cutting mechanism has to be removed."

So, it's yet another pointless construct, meant to amuse Top Gear viewers.
 
2013-07-17 03:08:20 PM  
Honda has the mower for you

Which consists of every car line Honda has up to the Civic.
 
2013-07-17 04:21:20 PM  

sethstorm: Honda has the mower for you

Which consists of every car line Honda has up to the Civic.


With helpful pic of what a lawnmower might look like:
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///Also Silver
 
2013-07-17 04:57:30 PM  
www.pba.com

throws a 30 mph fast ball
 
2013-07-17 07:31:57 PM  
I have to ask the question, can those racing semis work on the highway?  Can nascar equipped cars drive on the street?

/Once you put anything to the extreme for speed can it perform it's original function?
 
2013-07-17 08:17:10 PM  

Enemabag Jones: I have to ask the question, can those racing semis work on the highway?  Can nascar equipped cars drive on the street?

/Once you put anything to the extreme for speed can it perform it's original function?


Don't know about the racing semis, but I do know that your standard NASCAR vehicle is very much illegal on the street.  For one, the front headlights are fake, plus there's no pollution controls, it won't meet escape rules because the doors aren't, etc...
 
2013-07-17 10:33:57 PM  
Mowing the lawn is like cooking ribs.  Low and slow.
 
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