Sonic jumps backwards for world record [Video]

Car flies more than 89ft in reverse

February 14, 2014
by Fleet Management staff

VALENCIA, California—A Chevy Sonic piloted by former skateboarding star Rob Dyrdek set a world record by jumping 89 feet 3¼ inches—in reverse.

This is the second time Dyrdek 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.

To qualify for a Guinness World Record, 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, JEM 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.”

See a preview of the stunt here.