Mean Mower to cut a dash in Las Ve­gas

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HONDA’S Mean Mower is pre­par­ing to leave UK shores for the first time this week, head­ing off to Las Ve­gas for a spe­cial ap­pear­ance in front of 60,000 trade visi­tors at the au­to­mo­tive spe­cial­ity trade show SEMA.

The 1000cc, 109hp lawn trac­tor will ap­pear on Honda’s stand at the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­tre along­side the 2014 Civic coupe, which is mak­ing its world de­but.

Com­mis­sioned by Honda (UK) and built by its Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship part­ner Team Dy­nam­ics, Mean Mower is set up to achieve a top speed of 133mph.

The project saw Team Dy­nam­ics re-engi­neer a Honda HF2620 Lawn Trac­tor, adding a cus­tom- made fab­ri­cated chas­sis, a 1000cc en­gine from a Honda VTR Firestorm, a be­spoke sus­pen­sion and wheels from an ATV.

The Mean Mower fea­tures a cus­tom-made pad­dle shift sixspeed gear sys­tem and a sports seat and can cut grass, at up to 15mph, thanks to two elec­tric mo­tors, spin­ning 3mm steel cut­ting cable at 4,000rpm. BEN, the only au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try ded­i­cated char­ity, has launched its car-themed Christ­mas cards.

Op­tions in­clude a Richard Wheat­land de­sign cel­e­brat­ing As­ton Martin’s 100th An­niver­sary (pic­tured). Cards can be or­dered in pre-made packs or can be per­son­alised.

Ad­min is be­ing han­dled by Ad­mi­ral Char­ity Cards. For de­tails phone 020 7610 6193 or go to ben.ad­mi­ralchar­i­ty­cards.org

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