Might as well start with the most important part – the engine. It’s an SP1 Fireblade engine that has upped the game considerably from Mean Mower I. As in nearly double the power. 190bhp+ at 13,000rpm, 999cc, flat shift on the way up, auto blip on the way down. Relatively compact and only weighing about 100kg, it’s still a tight fit, but we’ll come back to that in a tick.
It’s got six gears with a long first ratio. In fact, the mower should be good for about 90mph in first. Sub 3.0sec 0-60mph? It’s probably not going to be far off. The other gears are packed tighter together, with the advantage being a small rev window between each cog so the load through the chassis shouldn’t be as great.
And that can only be A Good Thing when Team Dynamics tell you that they’re aiming for a 200kg dry weight. Scroll up a couple of paragraphs – yes, you’ve read that right. 200kg, getting on for 200bhp. One-to-one: the holy grail of power-to-weight. Take that, Aston Martin Valkyrie.
The great thing about a ‘Blade engine is all the clever electronics it comes with. Team Dynamics are hoping to fit traction control and ABS, and it should also have the anti-lift system you’d get on a bike. So no wheelies.
I can hear you scoff. ‘A wheelie? On a mower? Don’t be daft.’ But that’s exactly what would have happened if the guys had stuck to their planned original layout, with the engine in the grass box behind the driver. That’s right – Mean Mower II would have been rear-engined. It would have pulled wheelies all day long.
But much as that would have been amusing/scary depending on whether you were watching/driving, it wouldn’t have been all that great for high-speed stuff. So it got ditched and the engine’s gone up front.