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Quinta, 01 Agosto 2019 20:23 | Actualizado em Domingo, 13 Setembro 2020 15:38

A padel legend, a CUPRA Ateca and a challenge

The master stroke

  • Fernando Belasteguín, first-ranked world padel champion for 16 straight years and CUPRA ambassador, faces one of the biggest challenges of his career
  • 36 metres high, a 70X50 cm target and a swing executed with pinpoint accuracy
  • The CUPRA Ateca, the best ally for a feat worthy of a sports legend


Six o'clock in the evening, Barcelona. Fernando Belasteguín, better known as “Bela“, is getting ready for one of the most difficult shots in his sports career. Although he is a padel legend, for 16 consecutive years the longest standing number 1 ranked player in the world, he still admits that “when they approached me with the challenge I thought it would be impossible, but now I'm not leaving here until I make it.”


Bela's challenge: From the eighth floor of a building in the Barcelona harbour, Bela's mission is to deliver a unique trick shot: hit the ball into the open sunroof of the CUPRA Ateca parked on the street from a height of 36 metres, and the target only measures 70x50 centimetres. Biophysics professor Enric Álvarez from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia analyses the requirements of the challenge. “The stroke has to be delivered with great accuracy, as from this height there is little room for error, so he must aim for the correct angle and speed with which he hits the ball. This shot is practically impossible”, muses the scientist.

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