It is red, sleek, low to the ground and goes like the clappers. But there the resemblance to a Ferrari ends, the Times of London reported.

The latest British world speed record attempt does have one advantage over an Italian supercar however: it can also mow the lawn.

Just as one British team is preparing to hit 1,000mph in a rocket-powered car, an attempt on another, slightly more sedate, world speed record was announced today.

Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell and nephew of Donald, who between them set 20 speed records on land and water, is to follow in their illustrious tracks driving a ride-on lawnmower.

Wales hopes to add at least 20mph to the record set by an American lawnmower enthusiast, Bob Cleveland, who coaxed his machine to an eye-watering 80.793 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats three years ago.

Although Project Runningblade, unveiled at the national Motor Museum at Beaulieu, is a top of the range model, in its production form the top speed of its 26 bhp Kawasaki engine is just ten miles an hour.

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