Idris Elba: No Limits

Rally Driving

Series 1 - Episode 1 Rally Driving



He cuts a formidable figure on stage and screen, he's even cut a few records, but can the versatile Idris Elba cut it as a rally driver?

In the first of four speed-related challenges, he has three months to prepare for the Circuit of Ireland rally. He's being mentored by veteran Jimmy McRae, who won the event a record seven times, but high-velocity handling turns out to be trickier than expected. "Corners are fast becoming my biggest enemy," sighs Elba, as he tries to curb his boy-racer tendencies. Unfortunately for him, Ireland's narrow country lanes do contain corners, and he comes a cropper during his first test drive.

It's clear Elba is the kind of guy who thrives under pressure and who isn't used to losing, but the other drivers don't look too threatened. "Go fast and don't crash," comes the tongue-in-cheek advice as the real race begins.


The actor gets a chance to fulfil his childhood dream of taking part in the Circuit of Ireland race, with help from rally driver Jimmy McRae.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Idris Elba