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Semi-Paralyzed Athlete Sets New World Record For The Longest Jump In A Side-by-Side UTV

Chaparral Motorsports
May 29, 2019
Last Updated: February 1, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (May 28, 2019) - No stranger to pushing the limits and setting records, semi-paralyzed extreme athlete Tanner Godfrey made history by jumping a Polaris RZR XP Turbo S over 240-feet on live television. The Memorial Day jump was part of the two-hour season finale of Discovery Channel's hit show the Diesel Brothers.

Godfrey reclaimed the world record for the longest jump ever made in a side-by-side UTV, soaring past the previous record of 223-feet.  The event honored men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and military families at the historic decommissioned military base, Wendover Airfield outside Salt Lake City, Utah.

"It's evident I can fly better than I can walk," said Godfrey after mastering the ramp. "When I took off, all I could think was hit it straight, hold on and hope for a clean landing. I can't thank Discovery Channel, the Diesel Brothers and Polaris enough for the support."

The Diesel Brothers installed aftermarket parts and accessories to convert the stock RZR into a premium, long-jumping machine. Godfrey's RZR features HCR suspension, BFG KM3 tires, Sparco racing seat with harness system, and a SDR Motorsports roll cage. The new record jump final measurement of 247-feet was the first of multiple gravity-defying stunts featured during the two-hour live television show on Discovery Channel, which culminated with Heavy D jumping a Monster Truck over a flying airplane.

In 2007, Godfrey fractured his T6 vertebra in a motorcycle accident. He was paralyzed from the sternum down. After years of physical therapy, Godfrey was able to regain strength in his legs and can now walk using canes. Now 29, Godfrey has a fun-loving, daredevil spirit where nothing holds him back. Godfrey first claimed the world record in 2013 with a 105-foot jump, then again in 2015 when he jumped 202-feet.

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