Idris Elba, star of "The Wire" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," has a series premiering on the Discovery Channel this summer, and he has already made a big splash for it. The show is called "Idris Elba: No Limits" and he has justified the title by breaking an 88-year U.K. speed record called the "flying mile."

Driving a Bentley Continental GT Speed on Pendine Sands, Wales, Elba reached a top speed of 180.361 mph. This broke the record of 174.8 mph set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927 in a Napier-Campbell Blue Bird.

"It's an honour to have taken on the challenge and to successfully follow in the footsteps of the illustrious Sir Malcolm Campbell," Elba said in a release from Bentley.

The standard for the flying mile, according to CNN Money, is that "a car's speed is timed between two points one mile apart from each other."

The Bentley Continental GT Speed has 626 horsepower and retails for $237,125.

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