2012 Infiniti M35h sets Guinness Book Record for world's fastest hybrid
With a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 302 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque, as well as an electric motor rated for 67 hp and 199 lb-ft, the 2012 Infiniti M35h can do a quarter-mile run in an average of 13.9 seconds over multiple runs. Not too shabby.
According to Infiniti, this unbelievable quarter-mile time for a fully hybrid, gas/electric car, ranks the 2012 Infiniti M35h up there with the performance of a 1982 Lamborghini Countach S and a 1998 BMW M3. Infiniti also shared that the M35h can hit 62 mph in just 5.5 seconds. That is just about as fast as the performance of a 2011 BMW 335i sedan.
The 2012 Infiniti M35h sets the Guinness Books World Record for being the fastest full hybrid car of gas and electric for the Acceleration Benchmark which was set over a standing quarter mile. Yes, the M35h has made history, and most likely to the surprise of many car enthusiasts who would never believe a hybrid could be on par with luxury high performance vehicles like the Lamborghini, BMW, and within a few tenths of some Porsches, Ferraris and Aston Martins.
The 2012 Infiniti M35h may be fast and furious; however, it still boasts an EPA rating of 27/32 mpg for city and highway driving, respectively. That makes for a highly efficient vehicle to add to its eco-friendly characteristics.
CAR Magazine associate editor Tim Pollard at Santa Pod Raceway in the United Kingdom was the driver who set the record for the 2012 Infiniti M35h as fastest hybrid in the world. The record was officially set on August 23, 2011 at the UK’s Santa Pod Raceway, home of the FIA European Drag Racing Championships.