The record for the ‘flying mile’ at Pendine Sands in Wales is no more, after standing for more than 88 years.
Sir Malcolm Campbell’s famous Blue Bird held the record at 174.8 MPH (281.3km/h), but the new mark has been set at 180.4 MPH (290.3km/h).
The new record holder is British film and television actor Idris Elba, who set the benchmark during filming for a new television series called “Idris Elba: No Limits”.
Elba’s weapon of choice was the Bentley Continental GT Speed - appropriately named because of its 206 MPH (331km/h) top speed.
So while Elba has bettered Campbell’s mark by 9km/h, the Bentley still had more than 40km/h in reserve if conditions were favourable and enough real estate was available.
The GT Speed’s impressive numbers continue beyond its top speed, with its 6.0 litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine producing 467kW and 820Nm and the 0-100km/h sprint taking just 4.2 seconds.
The actor said he was “elated” to have set the new record for the flying mile at Pendine Sands, adding that was “an honour” to have challenged Campbell’s mark and succeeded.
Elba has starred in television series The Wire and Luther, and movies including Thor, Prometheus and American Gangster.
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