Infiniti’s first hybrid the M Hybrid has set a Guinness World record for being the fastest accelerating full hybrid. Driven by journalist Tim Pollard and overseen by Guinness World Records, the 2012 Infiniti M35h hybrid covered the standing quarter mile in 13.9031 seconds.
The M35h set the record on August 23, 2011 at the UK’s Santa Pod Raceway.
“The Infiniti M35h proves that hybrids can be fast as well as frugal,” said Tim Pollard, associate editor of the UK’s CAR Magazine. “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.”
The Infinti M35h hybrid is powered by a V6 engine mated to an electric motor for a total output of 360 horsepower. It reaches 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds and can travel up to 62 mph in electric-only mode. The M35h hybrid also gets up to 32 mpg on the highway.