Rob Dyrdek Drives Chevy Sonic Backwards Off Ramp, Sets World Record

Television star and former professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek snagged another GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® this morning, nicely complementing the 21 he’s previously earned. What did he do? Oh, only an 89-foot reverse ramp jump.

In a Chevy Sonic.

The official length of the jump was 89 feet 3.25 inches and your exclusive first-look video is above.

This is the second time that Dyrdek, star of MTV’s “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,” has gotten behind the wheel of a Sonic. In 2011 he performed a 360-degree kick flip. Also off a ramp.

“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,” set to air on March 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on MTV. In order to qualify for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement, Dyrdek had to successfully land the Sonic on the catch rampand be able to drive away from the stunt. He did both.

Despite the implied madness of the stunt, safety was a priority. The Chevy Sonic offers 10 standard air bags and high-strength steel as part of its body structure, making it a strong choice for this challenge.

“We take extra care and precautions with each and every stunt we create,” said Elia Popov, owner of 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.

To learn more about the Chevrolet Sonic, visit the Chevy Sonic Facebook page or follow on Twitter at @ChevyLife.

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