Dubai, UAE – 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.
Captured on film which was released recently, 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!”
Across the globe, the SLS AMG has been hailed as a masterpiece, scooping up a throng of awards. The list of highlights for the SLS AMG reads impressively: aluminium spaceframe body, AMG 6.3‑litre V8 front mid-engine with dry sump lubrication, 420 kW (571 hp) and 650 newton metres of torque, seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration and a nimble double-wishbone aluminium sports suspension. This unique combination of high-tech engineering ensures driving dynamics of the highest order throughout the entire lifecycle.