With on road performance records like the fastest car in the car, the fastest 0-60mph acceleration, the most miles to the gallon etc. already being claimed by other automakers, we suppose the best a once-big auto brand name can do to get themselves into record books is to try and attempt something that has nothing to do with any technology that they may have “pioneered”. So we weren’t entirely surprised when we found DTM driver and Formula 1 legend David Coulthard collaborating with pro golfer Jake Shepherd on a viral video that showed how the duo used a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster to set the world record for furthest golf shot caught in a moving car. Yes, you read that right; the video does show the world record breaking attempt for the furthest golf shot that had been caught by the cockpit of a moving car.
How or why that would be relevant to an average driver looking for a commute car (unless the person in question is a criminal planning to rob a golf course and would need to escape/catch golf shots aimed at his getaway car) is beyond us, though the video does seem rather interesting the first time you see it. Shot for Mercedes-Benz UK, the viral film shows Shepherd and Coulthard attempting the record at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey, UK on 30th May, 2012. Coulthard drove the 571 BHP roadster at 120 miles per hour and stood 275 meters from where Shepherd teed off.
The shot was timed at a vrooming 178 mph which was caught mid-air by Coulthard in the cabin of the SLS AMG 900 feet away in only the second attempt of the day. Apart from getting the duo and the vehicle a Guinness World Record, the strange feat also helped Mercedes Benz UK garner some unusual publicity for its sponsorship of the upcoming Open Championship and helped them “celebrate this special car”. The video will be debuted in July.
Via: Auto Blog