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Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Runs Down A Golf Ball (Video)

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On: Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 3:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Runs Down A Golf Ball (Video)

You know, when we declared 2012 the year of the air-land race, we had forgotten momentarily about the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster-meets-golf ball world record. It wasn't actually a race per se, but some racing was required for SLS driver David Coulthard to track down the golf ball and catch it mid-air. So it's yet another fine example of the great land-air competition of 2012.

We first heard about the Mercedes stunt last month. Only problem was, there wasn't any video to show you. Try as we did, you really can't tell the story of "world's farthest golf shot caught in a moving car" without an accompanying video clip.

In the Mercedes-organized effort, professional golfer Jake Shepherd teed off a 178 mph drive on a piece of green in the middle of the tarmac. F1 driver David Coulthard chased the ball down a total of 275 meters (that's about 902 feet for us American folk) at speeds up to 125 mph and caught the ball. After what we assume was an intense prepping process, Coulthard sped along with his eyes toward the sky, and was pleasantly surprised as the ball came rattling into the cabin. At first we were under the impression that he caught it with his hand, but that was foolish on our part - he caught it with the open-topped SLS AMG Roadster, which makes much more sense. More specifically, the ball soared right in between the Roadster's two seats.

"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!" Coulthard explains. "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!"

The feat has already been verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Like we said before, we can't tell the story by ourselves:




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