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Idris Elba Sets Flying Mile Speed Record in UK

Idris Elba Breaks Speed Record in a Bentley and Proves He's Basically James Bond in Real Life

If you need another reason to obsess over Idris Elba, he just broke a nearly 90-year "flying mile" speed record in the UK on Thursday. In the "flying mile," a car's speed is timed between two points one mile apart from each other. The driver is also allowed to get up to speed before entering the timed zone. Idris, who drove on Pendine Sands beach in southern Wales, averaged 180.4 mph and hit a top speed of 186.4 mph, beating out motor racing journalist Sir Malcolm Campbell's 1927 record of 174.8 mph. Malcolm drove a Napier-Campbell Blue Bird race car, while Idris drove his Bentley Continental GT Speed. According to Bentley, Idris's car was a standard production car and was not modified for the test. The impressive task was captured for Idris Elba: No Limits, a new Discovery Channel series that will air in July. And with skills like this, those rumors about him playing James Bond in an upcoming movie better be true.

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