Everyone has their own way of celebrating a victory, but Infiniti Red Bull Racing has one of the most interesting ways.
The team just won the 2013 Formula One World Constructors’ Championship, and Sebastian Vettel, won the World Drivers’ Championship for the fourth year in a row. To celebrate this outstanding result, Red Bull released a video showing former F1 driver David Coulthard doing doughnuts on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel, in Dubai.
What’s very cool is that the Burj Al Arab hotel has a total height of 1,053 feet, so you could likely imagine what may have happened if Coulthard lost control of the car even for a second. On the other hand, that height is well out of the jurisdiction of any police, so Coulthard could have all the fun in the world without worrying about the red and blues.
Enjoy the video, you can ensure you it is breathtaking!
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.
When you spend most of your adult life driving race cars, there will always be that urge making you want to get back to it long after you’ve retired. Once a racer, always a racer.
For F1 drivers, stepping away from the highest level of motor racing competition in the world comes with a big risk. You’ll always want to have that itch scratched no matter how worn out in the shoes you’ve become.
For David Coulthard, a return to Formula One is out of the question since his mediocre performance and announced retirement in the 2008 Grand Prix, but that doesn’t mean that his racing career is over. Far from it, actually. The 37-year old Scot has been announced as one of the drivers for the Mercedes-Benz team that will be competing at the DTM German touring car series. Coulthard’s one of a list of former F1 drivers that have found refuge in the DTM series, which also includes Jean Alesi, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Ralf Schumacher, and former McLaren teammate and two-time F1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen.
We don’t know how Coulthard’s driving skills will translate from Formula One to touring car racing, but if it’s the same old DC we know from his days with McLaren Mercedes, then we’re pretty confident that he’s going to keep on raising hell out on the race track.
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