Where in the world is that golf ball, where did it fall? Well, it’s in your convertible Mercedes! Known for extravagant videos, Mercedes made one to tell grandchildren. Catching a golf ball in a Mercedes SLS Roadster. An act which became a world record!
It happened back in 2012, but the record is still standing. Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and professional golfer Jake Shepherd set the new world record for farthest golf shot caught in a moving car. And it was not just any car. It was a Mercedes SLS Roadster, with the former racer behind the wheel.
After several rehearsals and attempts, they went for the real deal. Eventually, the car caught the ball shot by pro-golfer Shepherd, 275 meters away from the tee. The speed of the ball was 178 mph (286 km/h), while the car was moving by 120 mph (196 km/h). The goofy stunt was certified by Guiness World Book of Records.
The ball landed inside the cockpit of the roadster, but David Coulthard only heard it, without seeing it.
“I have no idea where it is, but I got it”, he said when he stopped the car after smoking off his tyres in joy.
The golfer found it right between the seats.
“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!”, Coulthard told.
The Formula 1 ace revealed the secret of success and talked about the huge risk: “The only way to track the ball was to keep your eyes on it all the time. It is real adrenaline rush, but it’s not the most comfortable thing to do, because for a moment, you’re not watching the road!”
Luckily, there was no broken windshield and no dent in the engined beauty. As for David Coulthard, the former racer wore a helmet.