The Isle of Man, David Coulthard and a Mercedes SLS AMG - sounds like movie magic to us...
You probably don't need much of an excuse to pop down to the pub of a weekend but this - the prospective showing of the 'world's fastest 3D car movie' - is a cracking reason to pop down to the Dog and Duck for a swift half.
The film was shot on the Isle of Man, where they closed the Mountain Road - part of the iconic TT road circuit - to allow ex-F1 driver and TV pundit David Coulthard to put a Mercedes SLS AMG properly through its paces, and top out at 162mph along the way.
So what tracking car do you use to sit six feet in front of an SLS AMG at speeds of more than 140mph? Why another SLS AMG, of course - piloted this time by rally ace Robbie Head.
Add to that specialist boom cars and helicopters and we reckon it's fairly safe to deduce that this is not a low-budget effort.
Have a little gander at this trailer and fascinating 'making of' documentary in good ol' 2D for a little more info.
If you can't make it to a 3D-ready boozer on Sunday - when the film will be shown on Sky's 3D pub channel - then don't worry, because the film will also be showing in Mercedes dealers in the autumn. Although the guest ales in Merc dealers are always rubbish...
Either they haven't captured the feeling of speed, or they simply didn't actually drive very quickly, either way I'm not very impressed. Why the shots of the speedo accelerating from 120-140mph, are we meant to be impressed that they were driving at that speed on a wide straight road? Where are the 180mph+ sequences? I suppose I expected too much from a big corporate backed promo with an ex f1 driver!
Well both Coulthard and Tiff maxed at 162mph, and by all accounts they are both excellent drivers. Could Hamilton have gone a little faster? Maybe. Could Senna have gone a lot faster? More than likely. But as both Tiff and Coulthard are up there in terms of skill, 162mph is pretty good indicator of what is possible on that course in that car I think. It's not like they had any huge straights to rack up stupidly high speed runs anyway.
I've never gone the "wrong way" around the TT course, but going the usual direction 162mph just seems slow, there are plenty of straight or near straight sections, with 100mph plus corners leading in to them. Anyway it's not just the peak speed, where are the balanced 4 wheel drifts? There is no impression that the car was driven to its absolute limits, it was a closed road after all. I don't think driver skill or car potential is the issue, I think they were told not to push it, probably because it wouldn't be politically correct/good marketing for M-Benz.
They were doing 162mph on a road course... not much politically correct about that! Looked quick.