Idris Elba is an actor with many talents, one of which is apparently driving really fast. The British actor has just broken the “Flying Mile” land speed record for Pendine Sands, Whales in the UK. Elba piloted a 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed up to 180.361mph to break the previous record of 174.8mph set by Sir Malcolm Campbell and his Napier-Campbell Blue Bird in 1927. The record was broken as part of an upcoming four-part Discovery Channel series called Idris Elba: No Limits.
When Sir Malcolm set his record in 1927, it was also the world land speed record, but with that record now well over 700mph, Elba didn’t quite manage to break it as well. Neither did he break the UK land speed record, which is over 300mph. What he broke was the Pendine Sands Flying Mile record, and before you go thinking that this isn’t much of an accomplishment, keep in mind how difficult it is to keep a car under control at 180mph on very wet sand. We must also commend Elba for breaking the record so stylishly, behind the wheel of a 616-horsepower Bentley.
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Idris Elba Breaks Historic ‘Flying Mile’ Record In Bentley Continental GT Speed originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 10 May 2015 06:00 EST.