The latest advertising gig for Mercedes Benz UK is a good one! They want to know if they can catch a Golf Ball in the cabin of the SLS roadster, and in doing so they set a Guinness World Record. They managed to do so after only two efforts.
The event took place at the Dunsfold track with Formula 1 legend and DTM driver David Coulthard and professional golfer Jake Shepherd. The even was captured on film and will be released in early July as part of a Mercedes publicity film.
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. This amazing achievement secured the world record for the furthest golf shot caught in a moving car in only the second attempt of the day.
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.”
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.”