Richard Hammond crashes Rimac Concept One electric supercar

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Well we always knew it was bound to happen at some point – Richard Hammond has crashed again. Although this time it was a horrific car accident in the Swiss mountains, and rather more fiery than usual.

Hammond was filming for The Grand Tour when the Romac Concept One electric supercar he was driving left a mountain road in St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland and burst into flames.

He was airlifted to hospital but tests showed he had escaped the high-speed crash and ensuing fireball with a fractured knee.

Jeremy Clarkson, tweeted about the accident, saying: “It was the biggest crash I have ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly okay.’’

The accident is thought to have happened on Saturday afternoon. St Gallen police spokesman Gian Andrea Rezzoli told Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten that the driver of the car was taken by air ambulance to hospital and the fire was extinguished by firefighters.

Hammond was conscious and got himself out of the car before it was engulfed in flames.

The Grand Tour confirmed Hammond was completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric supercar built in Croatia, when the accident happened.

“Richard was conscious and talking and climbed out of the vehicle himself before it burst into flames,’’ the show said in a statement. “No-one else was in the car …and we’d like to thank the paramedics on site for their swift response.”

“The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated.”

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  1. I was waiting for this article to come up.

    From the available footage I’ve seen on YT it looks like the locked up then lost the back and went over the side of the hill. As for the car catching fire, very likely the lithium batteries getting punctured (I’m into hobby grade RC and have heard plenty of stories and seem a fair bit of footage of about a grand’s worth of RC go up in flames because of a battery fire).

    Hammond’s new nickname should be the cockroach. 😛

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