Idris Elba Breaks 88-Year-Old UK Speed Record

The Wire actor Idris Elba this weekend broke a speed record in Wales.

According to CNN Money, Elba smashed an 88-year-old “flying mile” speed record, in which a car’s speed is timed between two points one mile apart from each other. Unlike most races, a flying mile doesn’t start from a dead stop – the driver is allowed to build speed before entering the timed zone.

Elba averaged 180.4 miles per hour in a Bentley Continental GT Speed, with a top speed of 186.4 miles per hour. The last flying mile record holder in the UK was motor racing journalist Sir Malcolm Campbell, who in 1927 hit 174.2 miles per hour in a specially built Napier-Campbell Blue Bird race car.

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