There is something utterly satisfying in jumping long distances with a car. We all, after all, have a tiny dream of making a flight with a car. That would be awesome if it would work like in the Star Wars movies. So, before we reach that level of excellence (if ever really), we are limited to driving our cars and occasionally jumping long distances with them. The latest effort which actually broke the world record for the longest jump with a car was attempted a few weeks ago in New Mexico.
Red Bull backed team with a Trophy Pro 2 Truck and a courageous driver Bryce Menzies were on a mission to shatter the 332-foot record of Tanner Foust from 2011. Jump ramp was set up and the truck had to jump over Ghost city in Mexico usually used for filming movies or something like that. Believe it or not, one year of preparation went into this effort. After all, the risks are huge. Even if a slight breeze of wind hits the car it could get it off its “flying” course which would result in a terrible crash. Luckily, the jump was a success. Ramp-to-ramp jump measured incredible 379.4 feet which is far more than what Tanner Foust succeeded in 2011.
Interestingly, Menzies wanted to do it all over again in front of live audience. However, only days before the live appearance, he had a massive crash while practicing for a jump. He left the car alive but with a broken shoulder. This is a very, very dangerous sport.
With this, 379-foot jump remains his best and it is easily enough to be the new world record.