• David Coulthard sets record by catching a golf ball with a Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

We understand if you’re a little bewildered by what the title states. Trust us, when we found out about it, we shared the exact same sentiments.

We know that there are some unusual world records out there, but to be honest, we had no idea that there’s now one that involves the farthest distance you can catch a golf ball in a moving car.

How come we’ve never tried that before?

In any case, F1 legend and AMG brand ambassador David Coulthard used a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster to accomplish the feat, a record that is now in the process of being entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.

For the record-setting attempt, Coulthard was joined by pro golfer Jake Shepherd with the latter being responsible for driving the golf ball as Coulthard blasted his SLS AMG Roadster. From 900 feet where the ball was struck - at a speed of 178 mph, no less - Coulthard managed to catch the ball while driving at a speed of 120 mph.

And the best part of this record-setting attempt? It only took two tries for David to catch the ball with the supercar.

Nevertheless, the unusual nature of the entire activity wasn’t lost on the F1 icon. “This world record attempt is definitely one of the most unusual things I’ve ever been asked to do with a car," Coulthard said.

"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 honored to have received the Guinness World Record for the furthest golf shot caught in a car.”

The video of the stunt will be released next month. So for now, check out the photos released by AMG of how it all went down.


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  (347) posted on 06.13.2012

It’s more than a test of ability than a speed test, really.

  (592) posted on 06.11.2012

With his talent and the car’s ability, this eccentric success was achieved.

  (797) posted on 06.8.2012

Cool! Davide Coulthard is one talented person to be able to drive while successfully trying to catch that ball. On the other hand, this proves how reliably fast SLS is!

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