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An Infiniti M35h has made it to the Guinness records books by covering 400 meters from a standing start in 13.9031 seconds--the fastest record for a hybrid car.

A production model M35h hybrid, the 364hp Infiniti sedan set the record at the Santa Pod Raceway in the United Kingdom. From a standing start, the M35h drew its power from the electric motor from zero rpm before switching over to its V6 engine at high revs, with the computerized timing equipment registering the car's speed at the end of each run at over 160kph.

According to Infiniti, the M35h's time puts it on par with performance cars like the 1982 Lamborghini Countach and within a few tenths of some Porsches, Ferraris and Aston Martins.

Making the car's performance even more remarkable is its fuel mileage of 14.286km per liter and its carbon dioxide emission of just 162g/km.

The M35h makes use of the Japanese luxury carmaker's new-generation Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid technology which puts all 364 horses to the rear wheels in a two-clutch system that maximizes both performance and efficiency, allowing the car to reach speeds as high as 120kph in electric-only mode.

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