Hammond’s shortness may have saved him in Rimac crash

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You wouldn’t know it, but sometimes being short has its advantages. While Richard Hammond may have escaped his high-speed Rimac Concept One crash with little more than an injured knee, the same may not have been said if Jeremy Clarkson or James May were put in his place.

Sources close to The Grand Tour claim that if Clarkson (6ft 5 in) or May (6ft) were driving the Rimac supercar at the time of the crashed, they may not have survived it due to the low roofline of the car, or at the very least would have been left with far more severe injuries.

During the crash, the car rolled numerous times and came to a rest on its roof before bursting into flames. At just 5ft 7in, Hammond had plenty of headroom to not be seriously injured by the rolls,  and with the help of bystanders was able to escape the wreckage before it was engulfed in fire.

“Even with me in it, with a helmet on… it’s a small car. It’s not massive. There’s only about that much clearance,” Hammond said during a recent interview, indicating about 2 inches above his head. “Which means if it had collapsed by more than that, that’s my head.”

So one more reason why being short is awesome then. Who would have thought?

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