Actor Idris Elba, star of Luther and The Wire, piloted a Bentley Continental GT Speed to 180.3mph to break the historic ‘Flying Mile’ UK land speed record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell back in 1927.
The award-winning actor hit a top speed of 180.361 mph on Pendine Sands, Wales, breaking the existing record of 174.8 mph set by Sir Malcolm nearly 90 years ago in his legendary Napier-Campbell Blue Bird. The record was independently verified by the UK Timing Association.
Elba said: “I’m absolutely elated to have broken the ‘Flying Mile’ at Pendine Sands. It’s an honour to have taken on the challenge, and to successfully follow in the footsteps of the illustrious Sir Malcolm Campbell.”
The record was broken in the Crewe-built Continental during filming for an upcoming four-part Discovery Channel series, Idris Elba: No Limits, which will air in July.
The new Continental GT Speed is powered by a 626bhp 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine with 820Nm of torque linked to a new ZF eight-speed close-ratio automatic transmission and state-of-the-art engine management software.
0-62mph comes in 4.0 seconds and the top speed is 206 mph.