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2014-02-17 17:49

SONIC IN FLIGHT: TV star Rob Dyrdek drives a Chevrolet Sonic into the World Guinness Record in February 2014 in Valencia, California. Image: NEWSMARKET

LOS ANGELES, California - TV star Rob Dyrdek has  launched himself and a Chevrolet Sonic into the Guinness Book of World Records... going backwards.

According to General Motors, in a gravity-defying automotive stunt, the TV face and ex-professional skateboarder Dyrdek took the Sonic over the "farthest reverse ramp jump by a car" in February 2014.

VIDEO: Watch the Sonic's jump

The stunt took place at the Six Flags Magic Mountain entertainment ark in Valencia, California, and flew for 27.2m. Dyrdek successfully landed the Sonic on the catch ramp and drove away from the stunt to meet the Guinness guys and qualify both the car and himself as Guinness record-holders.

It was apparently the second time Dyrdek, host of MTV's ‘Fantasy Factory’, had been behind the wheel of a record-breaking Sonic. Back in 2011 he used one to perform a 360-degree kick-flip (barrel roll) off a ramp.

Dyrdek said: "The Sonic is a great car for firsts and 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."

The episode is set to air on MTV on March 13, 2014.

With all high-speed action stunts, safety is a priority said JEM F/X Inc owner Elia Popov: "We take extra care and precautions with each and every stunt we create. 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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