The six-part series will see Elba push his body, mind and engineering know-how to the limit by racing on land, water and in the air. The show will air on Discovery in mid-2015 in more than 220 countries and territories, including the U.S.
Elba will take part in alley driving, street racing, aerobatics and power boating for the series.
“I’m taking on the toughest racing challenges of my life for this new Discovery TV series,” said Elba in a statement. “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 as I compete against the best on land, water and in the air.”
Elba’s Green Door Pictures is co-producing with Shine North. The two companies announced an exclusive co-production pact in May this year after working together on Elba’s racing documentary King Of Speed.
The series was commissioned by Elizabeth McIntyre, VP Production & Development Factual, Discovery Networks International. Victoria Noble is the executive producer for Discovery and Rick Murray is executive producer for Shine North.
Elba knows how to keep busy. The talented multi-hyphenate recently released his first long play album Mi Mandela, with 14 songs inspired by Nelson Mandela. He is also in production on Studio Canal’s Bastille Day; is voicing parts in Pixar’s Finding Nemo remake Finding Dory as well as Disney’s The Jungle Book; and has Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, Pierre Morel’s The Gunman and Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron coming down the pipeline.
Elba will also film new episodes of his award-winning BBC detective series Luther next year.