Of all the hybrid cars in the world, you would think that the 2012 Infiniti M35h is the less likely candidate to set off at speed record. But that is just what the 2012 Infiniti M35h did at the UK’s Santa Pod Raceway on August 23rd, it sets the 1/4-mile Guinness World Record for the fastest hybrid car.
The 2012 Infiniti M35h was driven by journalist Tim Pollard from UK’s Car Magazine, and overseen by Guinness World Records. The 360-horsepower Infiniti M Hybrid finished the quarter mile in 13.9031 seconds averaged, with the quickest run of 13.8960 seconds for the day.
Infiniti says that the Infiniti M’s performance is in par with the 1982 Lamborghini Countach1 and within a few tenths of some Porsches, Ferraris and Aston Martins.
“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. But what impressed most was the Infiniti 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.”
Here are times of great iconic cars compared to the 2012 Infiniti M35h’s 1/4-mile time:
1982 Lamborghini Countach S: 13.9 secs
1998 BMW M3: 13.8 secs
2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante: 13.6 secs
2007 Porsche 911 Carrera: 13.6 secs
1966 Shelby Cobra: 13.5 secs
1964 Ferrari 250 GTO: 13.5 secs
Here is a bit of details on the 2012 Infiniti M35h’s specs for the consumer market. It can sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds and with a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel economy for the M35h is officially rated by EPA at 27/32 mpg city/highway, with a combined rating of 29 mpg. In addition, the 2012 Infiniti M35h for North American market only comes with a 350-horsepower V6 engine, and it has an estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg highway.