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A Kawasaki FX1000V engine helped to create a new land-speed world record by powering Runningblade, the fastest lawnmower in the world, on 22 and 23 May 2010 at Pendine Sands, UK.

The engine is produced by Kawasaki Engine and Power Products Division as part of a series of FX twin cylinder engines.

The Kawasaki FX1000V is a vertical shaft engine, has a V twin cylinder configuration and a displacement of 999cc.

This industrial range of engines has been specifically developed for ‘ride-on mowing’ equipment.

Some of its key features include cast-iron cylinder liners, a twin-barrel carburetor and triple overhead valves per cylinder.

According to the company, the benefit of these core components mean the engine is able to operate for many hours even in the toughest and most demanding mowing conditions.

Before the attempt, Jack Ford, senior product manager, Kawasaki Engine and Power Products Division, said: ‘To set the record the lawnmower has to do two timed runs over a one-mile stretch of the beach in one hour.

The two runs are then averaged out to produce the final speed.’ A new lawnmower land-speed world record of 86.069mph was initially announced; within 24 hours the record was broken again with the Kawasaki lawnmower reaching a speed of 87.833mph.

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