Video: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster catches golf ball record

Remember the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster catching a golf ball record from earlier this month? A video has now been released showing the stunt which is now in the Guinness Book of Records.

The stunt was staged as part of a new marketing campaign. It involved company ambassador and ex-F1 driver David Coulthard behind wheel of the V8 Roadster, while professional golfer Jake Shepherd took the swing.

The team worked out that Coulthard had to fly past Shepherd at around 193km/h at the time of the swing. It was then a matter of Coulthard watching the ball and catching it in the cabin.

The official record is noted down as ‘farthest golf shot to be caught in a moving car, ever’. Coulthard said about the stunt,

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“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!

“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!”

Click play on the videos below to see how it all went down. The second video is an unedited version.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.