What happens when we mix the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, David Coulthard,
and a professional golfer? Answer... a new world record. Picture the scene, please. Golfer
Jake Shepherd grabs his favourite putter and whacks his little white ball. This charges
through the air at one-hundred and seventy-eight miles per-hour. Mr Coulthard – one of
Formula 1's finest – then finishes his lunch and climbs aboard a mighty Mercedes-Benz
SLS AMG Roadster. He then cruises along at one-hundred and twenty-five miles per-hour
while watching the ball, then manoeuvres his car into its path.
The ball lands in the cabin,
setting a new record for the “farthest golf shot to be caught in a moving car”. How fantastic.
Coulthard said: “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.” David added: “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 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is a remarkable machine. Why? Because its
6.2-litre V8 engine produces 571bhp, for starters, propelling F1 stars to 62mph in a golf
shattering 3.8 seconds. Top speed is 197mph. That is what £176,925 buys. What you
cannot purchase is David Coulthard. He competed in Formula 1 between 1994 and 2008
claiming thirteen wins, twelve pole positions, sixty-two podiums, and eighteen fastest laps.
He now races in DTM, is part of the BBC's F1 coverage, and loves “playing” with golf balls.
By Stephen Turvil
Fri, 03 Aug 2012