Infiniti M35h hybrid sets Guinness World Record

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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There are plenty of ways in which automakers advertise their vehicles. They'll often highlight such things as crash test ratings, fuel economy, warranty protection and interior equipment. All are good measures, but nothing catches consumer attention quite like a Guinness World Record.

The Infiniti M35h hybrid has recently been awarded a Guinness World Record as the world's fastest accelerating full hybrid vehicle. The feat was accomplished at the United Kingdom's Santa Pod Raceway which plays host to the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. Santa Pod is where the M35h completed a standard quarter mile (400m) sprint in an average of 13.9031 seconds.

To put that into perspective, the iconic Lamborghini Countach S supercar from 1982 also clocked a 13.9 second quarter mile time while a 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage completed the quarter mile sprint in 13.6 seconds. That's some very fast company.

While at Santa Pod, the M35h also clocked a 0-100km/h (62 mph) time of 5.5 seconds, which Infiniti says is the fastest time listed for a full hybrid vehicle.

"The Infiniti M35h proves that hybrids can be fast as well as frugal," said Tim Pollard, Associate Editor of the UK's CAR Magazine. Pollard was responsible for driving the hybrid to its world record title. "At Santa Pod you could feel the instant torque of the electric motor away from standstill – the car just leapt off the line. I did try changing gears manually, but it was fastest left in automatic. That was when we achieved the fastest single run of 13.8960 seconds. But what impressed most was the M's duality of purpose: it might be quick, but it's also comfy and very easy to drive. It felt like it could do these runs all week long."

Infiniti's M35h is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine and an electric motor. The hybrid powertrain generates 360 net horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC).

The world record-setting hybrid is available in Canada with a starting price of $67,300, and will be featured in the 2013 Guinness book of World Records.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hybrid, HEV, Sport Sedan, Infiniti, 2012, M35 Hybrid, $50,000 - $74,999,

Organizations: Guinness, Infiniti

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