Recently, the Japanese luxury sedan took a blistering lap time at the Santa Pod drag strip, setting a world record time of 13.9031 seconds in a quarter-mile with a passing speed in excess of 100 mph. The 373-horsepower luxury sedan was driven by CAR Magazine journalist, Tim Pollard, etching his name in Guinness lore as the driver of the world’s fastest accelerating full hybrid vehicle.
The M35h may not belong in the conversation of being one of the fastest machines on the planet, but as far as full hybrids are concerned, it can now stake a serious claim as being on top of that list. The M35h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower with an electric motor that adds 68 horsepower, hitting a total output of 373 horsepower with an 0-62 mph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds.
“The Infiniti M35h proves that hybrids can be fast as well as frugal,” said Pollard.
“At Santa Pod you could feel the instant torque of the electric motor away from the standstill – the car just leapt of the line."
Congratulations to Infiniti for their record-breaking attempt. Here’s to more records being broken by the Japanese automaker in the future.
Hit the jump to watch the record lap video courtesy of Car Magazine.
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Record Lap by Infiniti M35h Hybrid
Fast forward to the 1:35 mark to get straight to the good stuff!