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, 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 178 mph (286 km/h) into the Mercedes-Benz supercar, which was moving at a rate of 120 mph (193 km/h) when it caught the ball 275 meters (900 ft) 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!”