The age of internet has seen many videos go viral – from popular music clips such as ‘Somebody That I used to Know’ by Gotye to political videos like ‘Kony 2012’ by Invisible Children. Now a video showing a crazy stunt involving a golf ball and a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster has been watched by millions of people within one week. Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and professional golfer Jake Shepherd have set a new Guinness record for the farthest golf shot caught in moving car.
Whoever came up with the idea of the stunt must have been either a genius or just really bored. “Let’s get a pro golfer to hit a drive down a runway and see if a Formula 1 racing driver can steer a supercar under the ball so it lands in the moving vehicle” is definitely not a thought that pops into one’s head every day. The idea, however, didn’t seem crazy enough for Mercedes-Benz, David Coulthard and Jake Shepherd.
The crew took over the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, invited Guinness to record the stunt and started practicing. In order to catch the ball, Coulthard had to take his eyes of the road to watch the ball and keep track of it at all time. “It’s an adrenaline rush but it’s not the most comfortable thing in the world to do because for the moment you are not watching the road,” said former racing driver. At a speed of 120 mph it is definitely not the best idea to take your eyes of the street but this was when Coulthard could show his decade long experience in steering super-fast cars.
After several rounds of trials, the former Formula 1 driver managed to catch the golf ball in the passenger seat of the moving car 275 metres away from the tee. The ball was hit by Shepherd at an astonishing 178 mph. “I was the happiest I have ever been. I was so surprised, quite frankly, that it went in. And it went in quite solidly,” said an amazed Coulthard.
The stunt set a new Guinness World Record of the farthest golf shot caught in moving car. The video, which was released on the 20th June, has already been watched by more than 1.5 million people on YouTube and shared countless times on other social media platforms. The responses of the viewers ranged from “that’s just badass” and “great catch” to “what an awesome car”. An awesome car it definitely is. The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster has 571hp under the bonnet and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The car can reach an electronically limited top speed of 197 mph. Fans of the stunt might get lucky to drive the car themselves when the used Mercedes Benz goes on sale.