The world record for a ramped semitruck jump is just one year old, set in 2014 when a Renault cabover jumped 83 feet over a moving Formula One racing car. That jump broke the 2008 record set by Gregg Godfrey by more than 30 feet.
Not content to let that disrespect stand, Godfrey reset the record this weekend, appropriately at Evel Knievel Days in Butte, Montana. The Freightliner FLD soared through the air (on a closed-off city street, no less!) before coming to a rest facing backwards, having completed a 166-foot jump. If you do the math, that’s exactly double what the Lotus F1 team accomplished last year. Gauntlet: thrown.
| Freightliner Record Jump Gregg Godfrey Landing
The event was snapped, ’grammed, and streamed by probably every single spectator at Evel Knievel Days, so there’s no shortage of video of the jump. We’ve embedded the best one below. Godfrey’s own in-cabin view, also embedded, is pretty epic, and his Instagram says he only meant to fly 140 feet. We’re guessing he’s not sad he beat that number.
We seriously can’t believe that the event organizers were allowed to set up shop right in the middle of town. That massive truck flying through the air could have caused some prodigious damage to the area, but we’re glad it didn’t, because this record-breaking method of low-altitude air travel is so cool you’ll want to watch it again and again. Who else thinks semis doing ridiculously sporty things is cool?