The Guinness Book of World Records has recently named Infiniti’s M35h as the full hybrid car with the fastest acceleration in the world. Tim Pollard, a journalist, was behind the wheels during the test drive at the Santa Pod Raceway in the UK. The newest model designed for Europe garnered an average of 13.9031 seconds covering the 400m-quarter run.
The 364PS fuel/electric sedan is in fact Infiniti’s standard production model. It was tested last Tuesday, 23rd of August 2011 at the hometown of FIA European Drag Racing Championships.
Infiniti’s M35h achieved a combination of V6 power and electric motor torque at 0-rpm. It passes through the computerized timer at the end of every round with an excessive speed of 100mph or 160km/h. The outstanding performance also showed low CO2 emission of only 162g/km. At the same time, the gasoline engine’s combined cycle consumed an average of 7.0L/100km.
We can finally compare the latest Infiniti with Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. The M35h counts as among the fastest cars in the world. The same model is now available all over Europe with a competitive price range starting at 1500 euros.
Tim Pollard, UK’s CAR Magazine associate editor, said that the Infiniti M35h has proven how it is possible for a hybrid car to be fast and at the same time, economical. To drive this point further, he was able to achieve the fastest single run at 13.8960 seconds.
The journalist was overall impressed with Santa Pod’s racetrack. However, the M’s dynamism captivated him even more. Pollard praised the car’s unbelievable speed, comfort and manageability. And he even said that it seemed like he could go on driving the whole time.
Meanwhile, the idea of joining the Guinness actually came from Infiniti’s Communications department. They wanted it to coincide with the hybrid’s market launch. Tim Pollard didn’t have any second thoughts as soon as they offered him to do the test drive.
On the other hand, Infiniti’s new advertising campaign for television showcases the M35h’s prominent curves. Their powerful V6 engines with 68PS electric motor define the brand’s iconic muscular stance. For the first time, they made use of Infiniti’s new Direct Response Hybrid technology for an all-out performance. This results in a total system power output of 268W even while driving at 120km/h.
For those who are interested to watch the highlights of the event, they only need to check out www.carmagazine.co.uk. Everyone will get a good glimpse of the M35h’s record-breaking performance of 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds. The website will also present Tim Pollard’s phenomenal 400m-quarter mile acceleration test drive that won Infiniti the Guinness record.
Truly, the latest happening has brought Infiniti among the best cars on the world (performance-wise). In fact, it’s quite unusual for a four-door sedan measuring 5-m long to incorporate all the best qualities we have mentioned here so far. It goes without saying how everyone is so delighted with the new world record and we can all agree.