NGK’s MO70 Dragmower sets new record

Published:  25 October, 2019

NGK’s MO70 Dragmower has made a sensational track debut at Santa Pod Raceway – recording a top speed of 115.53mph.

The original ride-on mower, on which MO70 was based, has been transformed by British drag racing champion Andy Robinson and was piloted by NGK Sales Representative John Catterson at the Northamptonshire drag racing track on Friday 4 October.

MO70 reached 115.53mph in just 9.49 seconds, believed to be a record for a ride-on mower over the quarter-mile distance. The project was set in motion two years ago following discussions at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where Andy’s Robinson’s NGK-liveried 1969 Chevrolet Camaro was featured on the NGK stand.

Over recent months, the mower has been transformed and is now powered by a Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade engine. The mower will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest top speed of a lawnmower in 2020.

Andy Robinson said: “Originally it was planned to convert a sit-on mower so it could achieve 70mph, hence the MO70 project name, but over time this has gone up and up. We wanted to build a machine that looked like the original but on steroids. We wanted to make it as user-friendly and as stable as possible, but it is a bit mad!”

MO70 driver John Catterson said: “It was very fast, and the sensation of speed was amazing. It was really enjoyable and certainly a day to remember.”

Mark Hallam, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager, said: “I’d like to pay tribute to John. There were a number of problems throughout the day, but he showed how brave he was to carry on to achieve such a fantastic time. Also, if anyone is wondering, MO70 can still cut grass and it uses NGK IMR9C-9HES spark plugs!”

“I would also like to thank Andy, who was so calm as we encountered problems throughout the day, and his team and also everyone at Santa Pod Raceway who were brilliant on the day and made it a big success.”

Check out the action video on the NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Facebook page.

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