This is something you’d normally expect to see from a Hollywood special effects blockbuster, but this event happened in real life and it broke a world record.
Lotus Formula One sponsor EMC hired a stunt team to set a new Guinness World Record for semi-truck jumping (yes, there is such a thing) in one of the coolest and craziest events we’ve ever seen: A semi-truck jumps over an F1 race car. Here are the guys driving the two vehicles, as described by Car and Driver.
Mike Ryan, the guy who can race a big rig up Pikes Peak or drift it around a racetrack as if he was driving a normal-size car, designed the stunt and is the wheelman in the truck. Martin Ivanov pilots the F1 car. Both guys have extensive experience as stunt drivers in various Bond, Bourne, and Fast and Furious movies. In other words: these are very experienced professionals, so definitely don’t try this at home.
Why’d they do it? Besides the obvious “Because they can…” answer, it’s another obvious answer: publicity (duh!). EMC Enterprise is a cloud computing and data-management company, and they have a partnership with Lotus — presumably having to do with their cars’ computer systems or something like that. They set up the stunt to, “Show what the EMC / Lotus partnership is capable of.” And get a lot of free press along the way.
So, what were the specific numbers that partnership achieved in the video above? Sending that truck a whopping 87 feet and 7 inches into the air. The full YouTube video is below and check out some cool behind-the-scenes footage in the link here.