Travis Pastrana ensured he saw in the New Year in style by successfully breaking the world record for the longest jump by a rally car.

In the annual Red Bull: New Year. No Limits event, Pastrana successfully launched his Subaru Impreza STi off the Pine Avenue Pier in Long Beach and jumped 269 feet to land on a floating barge in Rainbow Harbour.

"I was really nervous all day long, but when I got in the car I felt really calm," said Pastrana. "It was definitely a lot more fun than any of my practice runs, and when I landed, man did that retaining wall come up fast!

"I'm just happy the car and I didn't end up in the drink. What a way to head into 2010!"

The event was broadcast live on ESPN, while more than 75,000 fans are believed to have attended the event in person.