The Chevy Sonic doesn’t get much pub on these pages, as it’s not necessarily a car that inspires you to hit the race track. Rather, it is a relatively timid hatchback /sedan that gets outstanding mpg and has a low MSRP. Well, today is an exception, as the Sonic RS has just been part of a rather entertaining world record.
Rob Dyrdek , just two years removed from completing a 360-degree kick-flip in a Sonic, decided he wanted to see how far he could jump the compact hatch. That in itself isn’t all that impressive, but the fact that he did this jump in reverse certainly piqued my interest a bit.
Dyrdek managed to clear a gap of 89 feet 3-1/4 inches in reverse, putting himself and the Sonic into the Guinness Book of World Records. Nice work, felas...
And to think, I know some people that can barely back out of a garage without nearly killing themselves, and this dudes jumping cars nearly 90 feet in reverse. Check out the above video to see the record-breaking run.
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Driving a Chevrolet Sonic, television star and former professional skateboarder, Rob Dyrdek successfully set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record today for the Farthest Reverse Ramp Jump by a Car with a total of 89 feet 3¼ inches.
This is the second time Dyrdek, star of MTV’s “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,” has used a Sonic to set an automotive first. In 2011, Dyrdek successfully performed a 360-degree kick-flip off a ramp in a Sonic.
“The Sonic is a great car for firsts,” said Dyrdek. “I have always been a Chevy guy, so when we decided we wanted to set a Guinness World Record for the finale of “Fantasy Factory,” using the Sonic again just made sense.”
Dyrdek performed the stunt before spectators at Six Flags Magic Mountain, while MTV filmed the jump for the season finale of “Fantasy Factory,” which is set to air on March 13 at 10:30 p.m. EST/PST on MTV. To qualify for a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement, Dyrdek had to successfully land the Sonic on the catch ramp and be able to drive away from the stunt.
With all high-speed action stunts, safety is a priority. The Sonic offers 10 standard air bags and high-strength steel as part of its body structure, making the small car a strong choice for this challenge.
“We take extra care and precautions with each and every stunt we create,” said Elia Popov, owner, J.E.M. F/X Inc. “Rob is always willing to try anything once, and for this backwards jump we felt confident that the Sonic would keep him safe.”
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