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Actor Idris Ebra sets speed record in Bentley Continental GT

Snapshot: Idris Ebra broke the historic ‘flying mile’ UK land speed record driving a Bentley Continental GT Speed, surpassing the time set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927.

Looks like actor Idris Ebra, who famously portrayed Nelson Mandela in Madela: Long Walk To Freedom is making all sorts of news these days. After rumors that he will be casted in the upcoming James Bond flick Spectre and featuring in a mini-series driving the new Jaguar XE, he just did a James Bond in real life and broke a UK land speed record in a Bentley.

Idris Ebra broke the historic ‘flying mile’ UK land speed record driving a Bentley Continental GT Speed, surpassing the time set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927. Ebra piloted the Bentley through the Pendine Sands in Wales, and was confirmed to hit a top speed of 290.263 kmph. The previous record, as held Campbell in his Napier-Campbell Blue Bird was 281.3 kmph.

Idris Ebra, in a statement 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.” The record run was part of a documentary for a new Discovery Channel series, Idris Elba: No Limits, which will be aired on the coming July.

To give you an insight about the Bentley Continental GT Speed, it comes with a twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 engine. The unit is capable of that developing 635 PS of power and 820 Nm of torque. The power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission that accelerates the car from 0-100 kmph in 4.0 seconds before topping out at 331 kmph.

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