It took over 300 yards and more than 600 horsepower to break the world record.
There are some pretty unusual Guinness World Records out there. In February, Chinese automaker Geely set the record for the largest car mosaic in the world. Also in 2021, Kia set a Guinness World Record for the 'Most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) launching fireworks simultaneously' as part of the reveal of its new logo. While it's easy for us to sit at home on our sofas and scoff at these "silly" achievements, they do take a considerable amount of time, coordination, and planning. Someone who now knows this to be true is professional golfer Marcus Armitage but what kind of Guinness World Record could a golfer and a BMW M8 Competition Convertible possibly set?
The challenge was to set the record for the 'Farthest golf shot caught in a moving car'. The record to beat was 273 yards, a distance set back in 2012. Obviously, this record attempt not only requires a perfect swing from Armitage - the BMW driver also has to try to use the car's considerable power to keep pace with the trajectory of the ball, or to hit the brakes hard if he overshoots it. While we recognize that attention spans in 2021 aren't what they were in 1991 (or even in 2012), we urge you to watch the entire video below as Armitage endures countless failed but painfully close attempts.
At some point, the ball lands on and cracks the windshield of the M8 Convertible. In another attempt, the ball landed inside the car but then hopped back out. Finally, the stars aligned for the 617-horsepower dark grey BMW and Armitage's much smaller pink ball. The result was a distance of 303 yards, easily beating the previous record. BMW Motorsport driver Paul O'Neill was the first to realize that the epic world record was broken as his screams rang out from the cockpit. It was difficult not to appreciate Armitage's glee when he found out that the ball had in fact, uh, dropped at the perfect moment.