World’s Fastest Lawnmower Hits a Blistering 143 MPH But Can It Cut Your Lawn?

by Matthew Memrick

An Englishman now holds a blistering 143 mph record for the world’s fastest lawnmower and it comes with a bonus. It can cut your lawn.

Fox News reported on retired air conditioner engineer Antony Edwards and his “Mowabusa” creation. Edwards set the mark back in August after building the Suzuki superbike engine-powered machine at home. In April, he tested it at Elvington Airfield in York.

The previous Guinness mark had a speed of 133 mph.

Edwards’s Need For Speed

A retired air conditioner engineer has claimed the Guinness record for the world’s fastest lawnmower with a vehicle he built at home. According to The Sun, 57-year-old Edwards, a married man of four, started his run at the prize in 2019.

The Mowabusa’s 1,300cc mower also has a front suspension from a car and a trike conversion kit in the rear. It also has a 300 bhp, which I take to mean brake horsepower. Can you believe it only set him back 30,000 euros?

The Sun went on to quote St. Martin’s Shrops man, saying, “My wife Jayne really didn’t mind. It kept me out (of) her hair. I’ll just have to find something else to do now!” 

Yeah, I wish I had 30,000 euros lying around.

After breaking the speed record, Edwards slowly chopped up grass to satisfy the Guinness officials. Just kidding. He did it in 60 seconds, but we don’t have a distance or anything.

Maybe, his next build will be an electric model.

Another Lawnmower Threat

A threat to Edwards’ record, however, could be on the horizon. 

Honda once had the record in 2019 with its “Mean Mower V2” and its 116 mph speed. It also set a mark for the quickest-accelerating mower (0-100 in 6.29 seconds). The company said its mower/speed demon could reach 150 mph. 

In a 2019 Fox News story, stunt driver Jess Hawkins broke the mark on May 6 near Dresden, Germany. In both directions, Honda said Hawkins had to record the same run, taking their average acceleration as the official time.

Hawkins did the speed record and then cut grass at the behest of Guinness officials for the lawnmower record.

The Honda mower was a joint project with British Touring Car champion partner Team Dynamics. The company employed computer-aided design, bespoke parts, and 3D printing.

This mower had some nifty bells and whistles too. Take the 999ccc Honda Fireblade SP four-cylinder engine. That same engine is used in the company’s CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle and produces 200bhp at 13,000 rpm.

Maybe this all seems too much for your standard khaki-wearing, lemonade drinking slow Saturday lawn cutting ways. I mean, home improvement retailer Lowe’s most typical riding lawnmowers only average 5.5 to 7 mph. 

The Mean Mower V2’s previous model set the record for the world’s fastest lawnmower in 2014, Honda said. That speed was unavailable.