Published on 21-07-2015 07:59 PM
Idris Elba attempts to break the UK Land Speed Record.
In the last episode of the four part series, Idris Elba: No Limits, the actor attempts to break the record set in 1927 by Sir Malcolm Campbell. Campbell originally set the record in a Napier-Campbell Sunbeam Bluebird at Pendine Sands in South Wales; covering the standardized distance at an average of 174.244 mph. Sir Malcolm Campbell was internationally famous. In 1935, he became the first person to drive an automobile over 300mph, averaging in 301.377 mph in two passes at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Idris began his training in a highly modified Audi RS6 Plus (fitted with uprated wheels, tyres and brakes and a stripped out interior, replaced with a roll cage) at Rockingham Race Circuit. A Bentley Continental GT Sport was then used for the UK Land Speed Record attempt.
Ari Vatanen mentored Idris, preparing him for the speed and difficulty of driving on soft, wet sand. Ari began his career in 1970, making his first appearance at the World Rally Championship in 1974. Between 1980 and 1985 he secured ten victories in the World Rally Championship Series.
Throughout the programme; Idris has tried to tackle various motoring sports, often for the very first time. He completed the Circuit of Ireland Rally, competed at Coventry Air Show and drag raced at Santa Pod and Texas Motorplex.
Famous for his roles in Luther, The Wire, Thor and now a confirmed cast member of the new Star Trek film Star Trek Beyond, Idris Elba has always been a confirmed petrol head. In the show, Idris states he’s ‘addicted to speed’. Aren’t we all, eh?