Luther star Idris Elba has broke the historic ‘flying mile’ UK land speed record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927.

Luther star Idris Elba has broke the historic ‘flying mile’ UK land speed record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927.

Piloting a Bentley Continental GT Speed on the Pendine Sands in Wales, Elba was able to hit an independently confirmed top speed of 180.361 mph (290.263 km/h).  This beats the previous record of 174.8 mph (281.3 km/h) which was set by Campbell in his Napier-Campbell Blue Bird nearly 90 years ago.

In a statement, Elba said “I'm absolutely elated to have broken the 'Flying Mile' at Pendine Sands. It’s an honor to have taken on the challenge, and to successfully follow in the footsteps of the illustrious Sir Malcolm Campbell.”

As a refresher, the Bentley Continental GT Speed features a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine that develops 635 PS (467 kW) and 820 Nm (604 lb-ft) of torque.  It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds before hitting a top speed of 206 mph (331 km/h).

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