Infiniti M35h Sets World Hybrid Acceleration Record

Infiniti says it has set the record for the world’s fastest-accelerating production full hybrid. On August 23, at the Britain’s Santa Pod Raceway, CAR Magazine associate editor Chris Pollard tested the Infiniti M35 hybrid in front of a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records, accelerating from a stop to drive a quarter mile. After multiple runs, the M35h averaged a time of 13.9031 seconds, with the fastest run coming in just a hair better, at 13.8960 seconds.

The new record (which doesn’t best a standing Guinness mark but rather establishes the original bar in the hybrid acceleration category,) was attempted to coincide with the release of the M35h in the U.K. The 5-seat luxury hybrid debuted in North America earlier this year, at a starting cost of $53,700. The car produces up to 360 combined horsepower between its gas engine and electric motor, and can accelerate from 0-62 in just 5.5 seconds. To put that in perspective, the Toyota Prius achieves 0-62 in 10.7 seconds—nearly twice the M35h’s time.

“You could feel the instant torque of the electric motor away from standstill – the car just leapt off the line,” remarked Pollard in an Infiniti press release. “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.”

At an combined EPA-rated 29 mpg, the M35 hybrid’s appeal comes not from its ability to test the limits of overall sedan fuel economy, but its ability to match the performance of its luxury sedan competitors while delivering vastly superior efficiency. By comparison, the non-hybrid Infiniti M base model and competing Audi A6 sedan also achieve 5.5-second 0-62 times, but carry overall fuel economy ratings of just 21 mpg and 19 mpg, respectively. The M35h starts at a $6,000 hybrid premium over the M37.

Other hybrid records tracked by the Guinness Book include “best selling hybrid car”—which of course belongs to the Toyota Prius—and “largest parade of hybrid cars,” a record set earlier this year at the Green Drive Expo in Madison, Wisc.

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  • MrEnergyCzar

    I’m not sure that’s a record a hybrid should want. The Lambo and Ferrari hybrids I’m sure will beat those numbers…


  • MrK

    Anybody knows about cooperation between Infinity and Red Bull? Working on a new hybrid car? Thanks for any info! MrK

  • Max Reid

    OK Nissan, apply this Hybrid technology in Versa and sell it in competition to Prius.

  • Max Reid

    BMW Cancels X6 Hybrid

    These gas-guzzling hybrids brought bad name for hybrids. Waste of Investment. Now BMW is actively working on small EVs like i3.

    A typical Hybrid buyer looks for higher mileage and ROI and not the speed and performance.

  • expensive

    This luxury hybrid car with a lot using the best technology that is owned by Infiniti.