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Infiniti already claims the new M35h is the world’s quickest hybrid with a 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds. Now the Japanese luxury automaker can add one more performance credential to the car’s list: the Guinness World Record for the fastest hybrid.
The certification was given after auto journalist Tim Pollard of CAR Magazine piloted the luxury hybrid sedan down the 1/4 mile drag course at the UK’s Santa Pod strip, setting an average time between the runs of 13.9031. Pollard’s best run clocked just 13.8960, with all trap speeds above 100 mph.
The M35h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 302-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an electric motor that adds 67-hp more. Plus, with all this performance, Infiniti claims a 27-mpg city rating and 29-mpg highway.
GALLERY: Infiniti M35h Guinness World Record Run
What seemed like a pipe dream is about to become reality with Jaguar today announcing plans to put the C-X75 hybrid supercar concept into production. First unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the stunning machine will be brought to reality thanks to a partnership between Jaguar and the Williams F1 team. Using a carbon fiber chassis, Jaguar said it plans to further explore the use of jet engines in its models through a partnership with Bladon Jets, but in order to bring the C-X75 to reality within a reasonable timeframe it will instead opt to use a “highly boosted” internal combustion engine with an electric motor at each axle.
With this drivetrain configuration Jaguar is promising a 0-60 mph time of less than 3 seconds and a 0-100 mph time of less than 6 seconds. The top speed will be above 200-mph, and Jag is also targeting an all-electric (emissions free) range of 30 miles).
“People expect Jaguar to be innovators – that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director. “The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We’ve been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar’s renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.”
In addition, Jaguar designer Ian Callum is promising the production model will stay true to the design of the concept. “This will be the finest looking and most innovative Jaguar ever produced,” he said. “Even in the world of supercars, we can still produce the most beautiful.”
Just 250 C-X75 models will be built, priced from £700,000 (roughly $1.2 million).
GALLERY: Jaguar C-X75
GALLERY: Jaguar C-X75 Debut in Paris
World famous Italian design studio Giugiaro said that it would be bringing the world’s fastest hybrid to the Geneva Auto Show and we have the first pictures. Giugiaro did send out a press release with a rendering but these are the first photos. We still don’t really know anything more about the exotic-looking beast but heck… the show doesn’t even start until tomorrow.
What we did observe were Lambo-style scissor doors with a stunning quilted Alcantara interior. The car also has a set of big Brembos. And judging from the matrix design in the glass on the upper corners of the roof and on the hood the car appears to have some solar-heating applications.
We did watch Giugiaro staff place a decal on the side of the car that appears to read “VAMIR.” Could this be the name of Giugiaro’s fierce creation?