VALENCIA, Calif. – 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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About Rob Dyrdek
Rob Dyrdek is beyond characterization; he is not a personality who can be simplified into a sound bite. Through his multi-platform holding company, Dyrdek Group, he has leveraged his creativity, business savvy, and professional skateboard career to build a relevant portfolio of lifestyle, media and entertainment and philanthropic companies. Notable brands include DC Shoes, Monster, Alien Workshop, IVI, Rogue Status/DTA and Stance, while successful MTV programs such as Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Ridiculousness, Rob & Big, and animated Nickleodeon series, Wild Grinders, round out Dyrdek’s media and entertainment portfolio. Staying true to his skateboarding roots, Rob has also dedicated his time to creating the first-ever, global and professional street skateboarding league, Street League Skateboarding™ that is approaching its fifth touring year. In addition, Dyrdek continues to help make skateboarding accessible by building safe and legal Skate Plazas through his foundation.
About “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” on MTV
The sixth and final season of “Rob Dyrdek Fantasy Factory” airs Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m. E/PT on MTV. The whole crew is back in the 25,000 square-foot warehouse turned funhouse known as the Fantasy Factory. The crew includes Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, Chris “Drama” Pfaff, Scott “Big Cat” Pfaff, Sterling “Steelo” Brim and Chanel “West Coast.” Season six is taking things to a whole new level as Rob and the gang go on the most outrageous and insane adventures on television including Rob attempting one last world record car jump…backwards. The show might be ending, but the funny is just beginning.
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