There are people pushing the limits of vehicles every day, but testing the limits of how far they can fly shrinks that pool. Tanner Godfrey is one person who has pushed the limits of a Polaris RZR before, but this past Memorial Day took it even further.
Godfrey once held the World Record for distance traveled in a RZR, but eventually lost that title. It was something he wanted to get back but knew the extreme dangers of a jump like this. As part of the Diesel Brother’s season finale, Godfrey jumped is RZR over a massive gap and into the record books with a jump of 247 feet.
“Even with a 14 mph crosswind and landing a little sideways we did it,” Godfrey said on his social media post. “Everyone was told I wasn’t hitting it because of the wind. But right as they canceled it the wind died just enough for Greg Godfrey to give me a green light.”
“As I was heading to the ramp I saw the flag pick back up from the wind,” Godfrey continued. “I almost lifted off the gas from it. I then thought well let’s see what happens and hit that skinny pedal. I ended up hitting it at 84 mph. The back kicks over to the left as I’m in the air. I dropped my driving stick and grabbed the wheel with both hands. I land and it kicks hard back to the right but I was able to counter steer out.”
The video does not do it justice on how far 247 feet is. The Major League Baseball minimum distance from home plate to the foul pole is 320 feet from home plate, his jump would have been a solid double in the gap.
Records are meant to be broken and it may only be a short time before someone attempts to beat this record, but the dangers of the jump may keep it around for a while. Let us know what you thought of the jump in the comments below!