SLS AMG + 178MPH Golf Ball = Guinness World Record
June 1, 2012
When Formula 1TM legend and current DTM driver David Coulthard teamed up with professional golfer Jake Shepherd to set a Guinness World Record something special was always about to happen.
David George, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars Marketing Director, concluded: “We thought we’d do something exciting to celebrate this special car, and our association with golf ahead of the upcoming Open Championship. It was great to set a new world record in the process thanks to an amazing effort from David and Jake.”
In an outstanding feat of skill from both men, David, who was driving the awesome 571hp Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster at 120mph, caught a golf ball in the cockpit of the moving car which was 275 metres from the tee, and hit by Jake at an astonishing 178mph.
You might be thinking that a world record of such precision, skill and timing would have taken hundreds of reruns – but in testament to the skill of both David and Jake the world record was actually set after just its second attempt.
Reflecting on the challenge David Coulthard said: “This world record attempt is definitely one of the most unusual things I’ve ever been asked to do with a car! Jake Shepherd was great to work with and the performance of the SLS AMG Roadster made driving to catch a mid-air golf ball even more exciting. I am honoured to have received the Guinness World Record for the furthest golf shot caught in a car.”
The actual film of the stunt will be released soon, don’t miss it!