Idris Elba to brave street-racing, powerboating and aerobatic flying

The Luther actor will carry out extreme challenges for a new motorsport travel series for the Discovery Channel

Gearhead Idris Elba has found another way to channel his craving for adventure and adrenaline; he’s fronting a new series that will see him undertake motorsport challenges around the globe.


“I’m taking on the toughest racing challenges of my life for this new Discovery TV series,” explained Elba, “along the way I’ll meet extraordinary individuals, spectacular machines and hear amazing stories of how far people go to satisfy their love of speed. The extreme challenges will take me right out of my comfort zone.”

Going head-to-head with motorsport professionals, and getting top advice from people like five-times British rally champion Jimmy McCrae, Elba will race rally cars in Monte Carlo, compete in the Circuit of Ireland, and go powerboating and aerobatic flying in the USA. 

“This landmark series will take viewers on a journey with Idris,” explained Susanna Dinnage of Discovery Networks UK & Ireland. “The series embodies Discovery Channel’s ‘Make Your World Bigger’ brand promise and will go behind the scenes to take viewers to the heart of Idris’ adventures.”

This series comes after the actor’s BBC documentary King of Speed, in which Elba travelled to New Jersey and Detroit to trace the history of speed-racing.

Elba’s new series will include four hour-long episodes and is set to air in mid-2015 on Discovery Channel.


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