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Record monster truck jump

Sylvester

Airborne: Sylvester jumps Bad Habit into the record books on 10 September in Pennsylvania. (KMC Wheels)

"We're gonna keep jumping the truck till we break the record, or break the truck."

Not our words (surprisingly), but the words of Joe Sylvester, driver of Bad Habit, a 4,535kg (10,000lb), 1,400-horsepower monster truck that has just broken the world record monster truck distance jump at the Cornfield 500.

Yep, this Ram-bodied giant managed to jump 72.42m (237.6ft) – that's more than 42 Richard Hammonds. Sylvester hit the launch ramp at 85mph, only 1mph short of the current monster truck land-speed record, and landed so violently he destroyed Bad Habit's front suspension. And some of, er, America...

Sylvester says: "The level of risk is about as high as you can go in a monster truck. I can't really think of anything else that would be higher risk than that. If you crash at that speed and from that height it's pretty devastating."

Having first claimed the record in 2010 with a 63.39m jump, he doesn't think he'll have to defend it any time soon. "It's not a matter of difficulty. As far as I know there's not anybody ready to step up and take that kind of a chance yet."

Now watch the video here.

A version of this story originally appeared on TopGear.com.