Richard Hammond Opens Up About Near-Fatal Rimac Crash

The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond has only made a few comments about the tragic accident in Switzerland which totaled the Rimac Concept One and injured the host.

That is changing today as Drivetribe has posted a lengthy video which features both Hammond and Rimac CEO Mate Rimac discussing the accident.

In the clip, Rimac shows a crash reconstruction which suggests Hammond left the course near the top of a hill and then flew approximately 30 meters (98 feet) before hitting the road below. The car then rolled down the hill backwards before coming to a rest and catching on fire.

This, unsurprisingly, was terrifying for the former Top Gear co-presenter as he says “I was aware that I was up high, and that inevitably the car was going to come down.” The scary situation even had him thinking “Oh God, I’m going to die.”

Thankfully it didn’t come to that but Hammond was injured during the crash and told responders to drag him by the arms because he thought his leg was broken. However, doctors discovered that he fractured his knee and this required him to have surgery.

Since the event, Hammond has been in good spirits joking that he’s not dead and even showing off his mobility scooter.

A post shared by Jeremy Clarkson (@jeremyclarkson1) on Jun 10, 2017 at 9:40am PDT

  • Nocca Italy

    Strike one for Mr.Hammond = jet-powered car……….strike two for Mr.Hammond = Rimac……… pay attention Mr. Hammond because strike three could be….strike out!

  • john1168

    I’m very glad Hamster is ok. The Rimac Concept One seems to be a pretty tough car if it can go through all that and the driver walks away with just a fractured leg.

  • Six_Tymes

    why did it catch on fire? or more to the point, what is the igniter when they crash?

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Maybe the there fracture in one of the lithium cells. When that stuff hits air it becomes very volatile and will set of a nasty chain reaction.

      • MmmPorsche

        Negative. Polypropylene separates the anode and cathode. If the polypropylene is compromised allowing the anode and cathode to come in contact with one another an exothermic reaction occurs. The build up of heat known as thermal runaway causes adjacent cells to overheat, burst and burn.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    im sorry but he clearly shouldnt be driving fast cars, he isnt capable anymore

    3 TIMES NOW 3 TIMES he has avoided death!!!!!!!

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Yeh, but it catches everyone in the end.💀

  • Bash

    Glad he is fine though. period

  • Well that should end the stupid comments of “experts” who went there et know nothing.