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Ford Ranger Raptor Sets Oddly Specific Guinness World Record

23 Nov 2023
  • What did Paul Swift accomplish on board the Ford Ranger Raptor?

Stunt driver Paul Swift has added another feather to his cap of daring accomplishments, this time behind the wheel of the formidable Ford Ranger Raptor. At the recent British Motor Show, Swift, renowned for his precision driving, broke the record for the fastest completion of five stunts using a Ford Focus ST and a Mustang Dark Horse. Not one to rest on his laurels, Swift soon found himself setting another record, but this time in the unconventional category of navigating the tightest gap ever driven through by a pickup truck on two wheels.

The Record-Breaking

The Record-Breaking

In a thrilling display of skill and precision, Paul Swift maneuvered the Ford Ranger Raptor through a narrow gap that measured a mere 34.6 inches. The feat was accomplished on two wheels, a challenge that tested both the driver's expertise and the capabilities of the robust pickup truck. The attempt was not without its challenges, as the windy weather on the day added an extra layer of difficulty to the already demanding stunt.

One of the distinctive aspects of this Guinness World Record attempt was the specificity of the challenge. Negotiating such a tight gap is a daunting task for any vehicle, let alone a powerful pickup truck designed for off-road adventures. The sheer size and weight of the Ranger Raptor presented an additional challenge, making the accomplishment even more noteworthy. Swift revealed that the ramp used to lift the truck onto two wheels had to be reinforced to support the considerable weight of the Ranger Raptor.

Truck's Characteristics

Truck's Characteristics

The Ford Ranger Raptor, known for its off-road prowess, proved to be an ideal choice for this daring record attempt. Swift highlighted the truck's impressive suspension travel, a key feature that contributed to its stability during the tight squeeze. The 44-year-old stunt driver, who has been performing since the age of seven, expressed familiarity with the Ranger Raptor's behavior, emphasizing its off-road capabilities and its ability to handle extreme stunts.

Paul Swift's repertoire of Guinness World Records now includes the fastest completion of five stunts in a Ford Focus ST and a Mustang Dark Horse, the tightest parallel park in an electric vehicle, the most donuts around a motorcycle performing a wheelie in one minute, and now, the tightest gap driven through by a pickup truck on two wheels. His achievements showcase not only his extraordinary driving skills but also the versatility of the vehicles he chooses for his daring stunts.

The Ford Ranger Raptor's latest accomplishment in setting an oddly specific Guinness World Record demonstrates the impressive capabilities of both the truck and its skilled driver, Paul Swift. This record adds to the growing list of accolades for Swift and highlights the potential for pushing the boundaries of vehicular performance, even with rugged off-road vehicles like the Ranger Raptor. As automotive enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike marvel at this unique achievement, it's clear that there's no limit to what can be accomplished with the right vehicle and a driver with nerves of steel.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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