The Infiniti M Hybrid Accelerates into the Record Books
The fast and the furious meets the fast and the frugal. Infiniti’s M Hybrid has sped into the record books as the world’s fastest accelerating full hybrid. Driven by journalist Tim Pollard and overseen by Guinness World Records®, the 360-horsepower gas/electric sedan covered the standing quarter mile in 13.9031 seconds (average of all runs). The test car, a standard production model, set the record on August 23, 2011 at the UK’s Santa Pod Raceway, home of the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. From a standing start, the Infiniti M Hybrid harnessed its combination of electric motor torque from 0 rpm and V6 power at high revs to impressive effect, the car passing the computerised timing equipment at the end of each run at speeds in excess of 100 mph. In the hierarchy of fast cars, the time puts it on a par with performance heroes like the 1982 Lamborghini Countach1 and within a few tenths of some Porsches, Ferraris and Aston Martins.