Infiniti Hybrid Breaks Speed Record

Infiniti understands that many auto lovers turn their noses up at the idea of driving a hybrid vehicle. Still, the company hopes to change that situation with their new M35h hybrid—especially now that the sedan has set a new record for the fastest hybrid vehicle in production, according to the Guinness World Record.

The M35h was well equipped to break records when journalist Tim Pollard pulled it up to the starting line of the Santa Pod drag strip in the United Kingdom. The hybrid has powered by a 3.5-liter V-7 and an electric motor that produced a combined 360 horsepower. The Infiniti M35h was overseen by the Guinness World Records as it finished its trip down the drag strip with a quarter-mile time of 13.9 seconds. The M35h had a speed of 103.5 mph, which earned it bragging rights to the title of the world’s fastest hybrid. The vehicle has earned a tentative spot in the 2013 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

The 2013 Lexus GS is one of the top challengers confronting the M35h. The recently-released Lexus GS is powered by a 3.5 liter V-6 engine that teams with an electric motor for 338 horsepower. The Lexus GS 450h claims a time of 5.6 seconds 0-60, which is uncomfortably close to the time of 0-62 mph in 5.5 claimed by the Infinity M35h.

The Infiniti is capable of operating on electricity alone up to 62 mph, and still manages an impressive 27/32 mpg city/highway. Lexus is planning to improve the fuel economy on the 2013 GS 450h by at least 30 percent, and perhaps more. This suggests an official mpg rating of about 28/32.

Tom Pollard, the journalist who drove the record-breaking vehicle, commented that “the Infiniti M35h proves that hybrids can be fast as well as frugal. At Santa Pod you could feel the instant torque of the electric motor away from standstill – the car just leapt off the line.” He added that he was impressed by “the M’s duality of purpose: it might be quick, but it’s also comfy and very easy to drive.”

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