*** Press Release***
Award-winning British actor Idris Elba makes his debut on Discovery Channel this month in the brand new series Idris Elba: King Of Speed which 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.
Premiering on 27 June (DStv 121) from 20:05 the first episode sees Idris travel from his childhood home in east London to 'Motor City', Detroit and then on 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 to grips with 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. This passion for skill and handling has changed the way Europeans race today.
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.
Explore the history and need for speed in underground racing with ‘Idris Elba: King Of Speed' only on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) premiering on 27 June from 20:05.