Riding grass mower can outrun some race cars

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With word coming that Texas Motor Speedway’s new “Big Hoss” video board will receive certification Sunday as the biggest of its kind in the world from the Guinness Book of World Records, we thought we’d pass along another record-setter.

For all of you who hate cutting grass, and particularly those who’ve resorted to doing it in style by buying a riding mower, no matter how fast or classy yours is, it’s no match to the Honda Mean Mower.

And this is on a motorsports blog, why? Well, you might say this is grassroots racing at its most unique.

After all, while you crank around your yard at maybe three to five mph, wouldn’t you like to be riding something that is so tricked out that it can hit a top speed of just over 116 mph?

You read that right, over 116 mph. Ergo, it’s the fastest riding grass mower in the world.

So says Guinness … courtesy of our friends at MotorAuthority.com.

The Mean Mower set the record a month ago at the Idiada Proving Ground in Tarragona, Spain, with a record-setting top speed of 116.57, nearly 30 mph faster than the previous mark of 87.83, set in 2010, according to MotorAuthority.com.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly a stock riding mower you can pick up at, say, Home Depot or Lowe’s. It’s got a 1,000-cc motorcycle engine that allows the four-wheel mower to reach 62 mph in four seconds.

Oh, and the MM may have only scratched the surface of how fast it can go. It reportedly was built to eventually hit 130 mph.

Oh yes, and one more thing: it can still cut grass quite nicely – at about 15 mph, roughly three times faster than your riding mower. Something tells me you might want to add this to your “gotta have” list.

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Hartley’s F1 grid penalty streak continues in Abu Dhabi

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Brendon Hartley’s record of receiving a grid penalty at every Formula 1 race he has started is set to continue in Abu Dhabi this weekend after Toro Rosso was forced to change part of his Renault power unit following the last race in Brazil.

Since making his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix last month, Hartley has faced a grid drop at all three races he has started so far amid ongoing reliability difficulties for power unit supplier Renault.

After being forced to retire from the last race in Brazil two weeks ago due to an engine issue, Hartley has received a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi after it was confirmed Toro Rosso had changed the MGU-H on his power unit.

Hartley is yet to score any points in F1, having retired from two of his three races so far to make his debut run to P13 in Austin his best result to date.

The Toro Rosso driver finished 20th in FP1 and 19th in FP2 during Friday’s practice sessions in Abu Dhabi as he continued to get to grips with the Yas Marina Circuit.