We’ve seen some interesting world records set with cars. And we typically enjoy seeing how they’ve been achieved. But this… this is something new.
For its latest publicity stunt, Skoda put a martial-arts instructor (named Markus Haas) in an Octavia wagon, ready to pop out the sunroof. The car picked up speed as it drove by Olympic competitive archer Laurence Baldauff. The archer lets loose, the car meets it down-range, and the dude catches the arrow mid-flight.
Of course while the car was entirely showroom-stock and unaltered, it was no ordinary Octavia they used for the stunt. This was the top-of-the-line Skoda Octavia Combi RS 245, a real sleeper of a power wagon that looks like a taxi cab but packs a punch. Its 2.0-liter turbo four puts out 242 horses (180 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque to all four wheels through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, reaching 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 6.6 seconds.
Perhaps more telling, though, is that a previous version of the same (with less power) lapped the Nürburgring in just 8 minutes and thirty seconds, making it the fastest wagon (at the time at least) ever to wag its long tail around the vaunted Nordschleife.
We wouldn’t call this latest record quite up to that level – as impressive, carefully orchestrated, and Guinness-certified as it may be. But it’s fun to watch just the same, so check it out in the short video below. It was, after all, put on for that very purpose. Just don’t try this at home, kids, or it might be your head (and not your hand) that catches the arrow.