Golf and driving are things that many men would rather be doing than working, so automakers are always keen to find an association between the two. The latest publicity stunt, however, drives the point home in more ways than one.

The undertaking involved pro golfer Jake Shepherd, Formula 1 veteran David Coulthard, and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. Jake teed off at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in England and hit the ball at an astonishing 178 mph. Coulthard sped off after it in the SLS and caught it in the open cockpit some 900 feet afield – that's over three football fields in distance – at 120 mph.

The feat was enough to put Shepherd, Coulthard and the SLS in the Guiness Book of World Records on only the second attempt. Mercedes-Benz will debut the video footage in early July, but for now we've got a handful of photos and the official announcement below.
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Formula 1™ legend and DTM driver David Coulthard and professional golfer Jake Shepherd set a Guinness World Record yesterday (30 May 2012) at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey, as part of a viral film for Mercedes-Benz UK.

David, who was driving the awesome 571hp Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster at 120mph, caught a golf ball in the cockpit of the moving car which was 275 metres from the tee, and hit by Jake at an astonishing 178mph. This amazing achievement secured the world record for the furthest golf shot caught in a moving car in only the second attempt of the day.

The outstanding feat of skill was captured on film and will be launched in early July to celebrate the power of the SLS AMG Roadster which, thanks to its AMG hand-assembled M 159 V8 engine, rockets to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds.

David Coulthard said: "This world record attempt is definitely one of the most unusual things I've ever been asked to do with a car! 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 honoured to have received the Guinness World Record for the furthest golf shot caught in a car."

David George,Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars Marketing Director, concluded: "We thought we'd do something exciting to celebrate this special car, and our association with golf ahead of the upcoming Open Championship. It was great to set a new world record in the process thanks to an amazing effort from David and Jake."

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Open face helmets and golf balls are not a good mix...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is there a record for furthest golf shot caught in a moving car? Is Guiness just inventing new records to make their damn books heavier?
      • 3 Years Ago
      To those asking about video, it clearly says at the end of the article: " Mercedes-Benz will debut the video footage in early July, but for now we've got a handful of photos and the official announcement below." Please, read the article before commenting. On topic. I can't wait to see that video, but just to know that it was done is awesome! I wonder if they did some mathematical calculations to pinpoint where he would need to be at what moment (most likely for Mercedes and an F1 driver), or if they just went for it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah, the Top Gear test track, home to most of the UK's automotive shenanigans.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So I can't quite tell, but does he start the car from a stop beside the tee at the time the ball is hit? Using Car & Driver's quarter-mile time of 11.7 seconds @ 125 mph, and a little light physics and calculus, it should take the SLS 11.2 seconds to get to 120 mph, and about 387 yards. So it sounds like the ball will hit the ground before a stock SLS can get to 120 mph from a standing start beside the tee.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Since this doesn't appear to have taken place in space, the Golf ball doesn't travel at 178 Mph for the entire flight. It's going slow enough to catch in your bare hand when it lands.
      Michael Colvin
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is awesome! Can't wait to see the video.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I dumb or is this just 3 crappy pictures for something that could be pretty cool? This demands video!
      • 3 Years Ago
      NO VIDEO!?
        • 3 Years Ago
      Ben Wright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Was Top Gear America the first to try this on video and now Europeans are copying it? Now that's a switch.
      Morgan Reale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wont even read this story!! Stop with the bullshit
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the par on that?
      Gaina Pavel
      • 3 Years Ago
      With all due respect and recognizing the skills required to perform what is described above, I don't see how david Coulthard is an F1 Legend. Editor?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gaina Pavel
        wow no respect... 15 years F1 247 races 62 podium finish 13 races won 12 pole position 18 fastest laps there are not many drivers with such a record book... sure he was never a worldchampion but over 15years a solid number in the F1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gaina Pavel
        And how many people do you think would recognize your name, or be able to list your accomplishments?
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