Idris Elba: King of Speed

Award-winning British actor Iris Elba charts the origins and history of underground racing and examines how the quest for high speed has affected modern motorsport and the cars of today.

In the first episode, he travels from his childhood home in east London to 'Motor City', Detroit, then heads to New Jersey where he delves into the history of the first boy racers and explores how the quest for high speed has shaped professional motorsport and popular culture.

In the second, Idris examines the history of the rallying Mini and gets a taste of the combination of technology and skill involved in driving at a professional level. He also discovers that the underground driving craze of drifting, which began in Japan, has become the fastest growing motorsport in Europe - with a passion for skill and handling changing the way Europeans race.

Idris then fulfils a personal ambition as he gets behind the wheel of a full-spec rally car and takes on a genuine Finnish rally course, with help from Ari Vatanen.

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