Flying Mile Record Broken in Bentley GT Speed

As if starring on The Wire and Luther wasn’t exciting enough, Idris Elba decided to test his luck against an 88 year-old British land speed record established by Sir Malcolm Campbell.

Elba achieves an average speed of 180.361mph to beat record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927. Record set during filming for new Discovery Channel show: Idris Elba: No Limits which airs in the summer.

Elba achieves an average speed of 180.361mph to beat record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927. Record set during filming for new Discovery Channel show: Idris Elba: No Limits which airs in the summer.

The UK ‘Flying Mile Record’ had been one of this country’s longest standing automotive racing achievements, that is until Elba got behind the wheel of a new Bentley Continental GT Speed moving at 180.361 miles per hour across the Pendine Sands of Wales.

Elba achieves an average speed of 180.361mph to beat record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927. Record set during filming for new Discovery Channel show: Idris Elba: No Limits which airs in the summer.

Elba achieves an average speed of 180.361mph to beat record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927. Record set during filming for new Discovery Channel show: Idris Elba: No Limits which airs in the summer.

When Sir Malcolm Campbell set the record all those years ago in 1927, he was travelling at a slower – though still respectable – 174.8 miles per hour in his legendary Napier-Campbell Blue Bird.

When asked how he felt about breaking the nearly century-old mark, Elba replied, “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 follow in the footsteps of the illustrious Sir Malcolm Campbell.”

Elba achieves an average speed of 180.361mph to beat record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927. Record set during filming for new Discovery Channel show: Idris Elba: No Limits which airs in the summer.

Elba achieves an average speed of 180.361mph to beat record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927. Record set during filming for new Discovery Channel show: Idris Elba: No Limits which airs in the summer.

Facing the trialing beach conditions of South Wales, the record fell as Elba was conducting filming for his new, four-part series for the Discovery Channel:

Idris Elba: No Limits

Set to go on air this July, Elba’s show will certainly be one that no one will want to miss.

There’s something else that no one else will want to miss:

The Bentley Continental GT Speed

At its core, the Continental is fueled by Bentley’s legendary twin-turbo W12 engine, allowing it to perform at levels other engines could only dream of.

Elba achieves an average speed of 180.361mph to beat record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927. Record set during filming for new Discovery Channel show: Idris Elba: No Limits which airs in the summer.

Elba achieves an average speed of 180.361mph to beat record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927. Record set during filming for new Discovery Channel show: Idris Elba: No Limits which airs in the summer.

The 8-speed, close-ratio automatic transmission and cutting-edge on-board software means the Continental GT can get from 0 to 60 MPH in as little as 4 seconds before topping out at 206 MPH. Coupled with a smartly designed chassis, lower ride height and unparalleled damping & steering systems, the Bentley Continental GT Speed in truly a car unlike any other.

Enquire at your nearest HR Owen Bentley Dealership for more information on the Bentley GT Speed.