As you may already know, Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury.
Hammond was driving a Rimac Concept One, an electric supercar built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon prime, when he lost control in a curve. Fortunately, Hammond reportedly “suffered no serious injury” although he has been airlifted to a hospital in St. Gallen for further checks over revealing a fracture to his knee.
Here’s a picture of Richard, straight from the hospital bed letting us all know that he’ll be fine other than a hit to his pride..
Richard was conscious and talking and climbed out the car himself before the vehicle burst into flame. The rare electric supercar was completely destroyed. Nobody else was in the car or involved in the accident.
The cause of the crash is still unknown and is being investigated.
It’s just my opinion, but it looks like maybe he got a little too confident in the Concept One. The vehicle was already a beast, but the upgrade with a new 90 kWh battery pack gave it a power increase by 100 kW to a total of 900 kW / 1224 hp which enables the Concept_One to reach 100 km/h in 2,5 seconds and 60 miles per hour in 2,4 seconds. 200 km/h are reached in 6 seconds while the 300 km/h mark falls after just 14 seconds.
After years as a popular car journalist, Hammond is used to driving powerful cars, but electric supercars can be something else with instant torque and regenerative braking. Thanks God he is ok!