Jumping a big rig more than a hundred feet isn’t something anyone should try at home, but leave it to the daredevils that hope to follow in Evel Knievel’s footsteps to attempt just such a stunt — and succeed.
Last week during Evel Knievel Days, an event celebrating the immortal stuntman held in Butte, Mont., former Baja 1000 winner Gregg Godfrey broke his own record set back in 2008 for the longest semi truck jump. While that jump was only a mere 50 feet, his new record-breaking stunt hit 166 feet, according to Fox Sports.
Back in 2014, Lotus F1 and EMC Technologies decided to try their hand at this record, but upped the ante. Not only would stunt driver Mike Ryan jump the semi 83.7 feet, but he would do it while stunt driver Martin Ivanov drove underneath him in Pastor Maldonado’s E22 F1 car. However, there were no F1 cars during Godfrey’s jump last week. What Godfrey’s attempt lacked in gimmicks, it made up for with air time.
Godfrey celebrated his new record with a quick tweet to his followers: “Got the record at a 160ft. I meant to only go 140.”
Don’t believe this semi truck was able to make the jump? Watch the record-setting stunt in all its glory in the video below.