What happens if David Coulthard, an F1 legend, rides the 571hp SLS AMG Roadster? Well, it surely is record-breaking.
Mercedes-Benz UK organized an event to get a Guinness World Record of the ‘farthest golf shot to be caught in a moving car”, and they succeeded. When professional golf player Jake Shepherd made the ball fly at 178mph, it was caught by the Mercedes car rolling at 120mph. Everyone was elated and Guinness, upon seeing the video of what happened, immediately confirmed that it was indeed a feat.
Here’s the full press release:
The absolute skill of Formula 1™ legend and DTM driver David Coulthard, behind the wheel of the awesome 571hp SLS AMG Roadster, provided the ultimate ‘did that really happen?’ moment for Mercedes-Benz United Kingdom.
Captured on film which was released today, http://www.youtube.com/mercedesbenzuk , the SLS AMG Roadster landed the record of ‘farthest golf shot to be caught in a moving car, ever’. Professional golfer Jake Shepherd hit a golf ball at 178mph into the Mercedes-Benz supercar, which was moving at a rate of 120mph when it caught the ball 275 meters away from the tee.
The extraordinary film shows the exact moment when David Coulthard caught the speeding golf ball between the seats of the SLS AMG Roadster. Speaking about the astonishing catch, Coulthard said: “The only way to track the ball was to keep your eyes on it all the time: it’s a real adrenaline rush but it’s not the most comfortable thing to do because for a moment, you’re not watching the road!” He continued: “I was as happy as I’ve ever been winning a Grand Prix because I was so surprised quite frankly that it went in, and went in so solidly!”
The amazing feat was not only caught on camera, but also independently verified by a Guinness World Record adjudicator who confirmed the unbelievable achievement secured the title of farthest golf shot caught in a moving car.
David George, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars Marketing Director, added: “The SLS AMG Roadster is an extraordinary car so we wanted to do something extraordinary with it to celebrate our association with the upcoming Open Championship, and what better way than to break a world record and create such an exciting film!”