I can’t decide what to be more impressed by, the predictable trajectory of golfer Jake Shepherd’s swing, or former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard’s ability to spot the ball while driving at 120 mph in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster.
Either way, it’s a new Guinness Record for the World’s Farthest Hole-in-One.
Captured on film above, professional golfer Jake Shepherd hit a golf ball at 178mph into the SLS AMG Roadster, which was moving at a rate of 120 mph when it caught the ball 275 metres away from the tee.
The 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!
It took more than a few tries before the pair managed the stunt, earlier attempts were undertaken with a polyurethane medical gel protecting the car, but perhaps inevitably there was some collateral damage to the SLS AMG as Couthard describes in the behind-the-scenes video below.
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!”
I’ll say! And for their next trick, they’ll try the same feat but this time through the sunroof of an E63 AMG Estate… Err, Maybe not.
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