Mercedes Benz teamed up with the former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and professional golfer Jake Shepherd to create something which could have hardly been imagined. Now what sort of record can you create when you have an F1 driver, a professional golfer and a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG sportscar at your disposal?
Yes your imagination is heading in the right direction. Mercedes Benz actually managed to catch a moving golf ball! The basic idea here is that Jake will fire a golf ball and David, who is in an SLS AMG’s cockpit, will have to catch the golf ball before it hits the ground.
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.”
So Jake shot a golf ball and David attempts to catch, but he fails the first time. In the second attempt, Jake fires a golf ball at a speed of 178 mph (286 kmph) and this time David manages to catch the moving golf ball with his SLS AMG.
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!
21/6/2012 – UPDATE – The film is now released.