Idris Elba Broke An 88-Year-Old Land Speed Record in a Bentley

It’s a well-known fact that Bentleys have a proud history of setting speed records.

Way back, or 88 years to be exact this was the case with a modified Bentley called the Napier Campbell Bluebird.

This vehicle in the UK set an amazing land speed record of 174.8 mph also thanks to the driver Sir Malcolm Campbell.

Fast forward to the year 2011, there was another Bentley the Continental Supersports Convertible that hit a new record 205 mph on ice and this time it was handled by Juha Kankkunen.

Blazing through history we arrive in the month of may 2015.

This time Bentley had a Hollywood star behind its wheel the famous actor Idris Elba.

Known for his roles in The Wire, Pacific Rim, and Luther...

…Elba drove the Bentley Continental GT Speed and managed to set a new record in the ‘Flying Mile’, an impressive 180.36 mph.


The UK Timing Association was there to document the record that Elba set on the beach of Pendine Sands in Wales.

Interestingly enough, Elba set the record while filming the miniseries titled “Idris Elba: No Limits,” scheduled to air in July on the Discovery Channel.

“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.” –  Elba said.


To be fair а 180 mph may not be much, but also keep in mind that the run was done on a not so race- friendly terrain.

The beach isn’t exactly a traction-rich environment to set a record.

The Continental GT Speed packs quite a punch with it’s 626 horsepower and can top out at 206 mph of course running with the right settings.

When the weather conditions aren’t your best companion it’s fair to say that the hefty 5,115 pounds of the Bentley can be too much to handle even with a huge W12 engine to muscle out the high speed.


Elba “no limits” still has an overall land speed record to beat. This record is held by driver Andy Green with the ThrustSSC. For this mission, he needs to acquire something slightly more aerodynamic than what Bentley has to offer, and with that pass 760 mph.

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