Rimac Founder Says Concept_One Flew 300 Meters In Hammond Crash

Mate Rimac, the founder of Rimac Automobili, has spoken out for the first time since Richard Hammond was hospitalized after crashing the company’s Concept_One electric hypercar.

Taking to Facebook, Rimac offered an idea of the magnitude of the crash, stating that the car came to a rest 300 meters (328 yards) after flying off the edge of a hill featured in the Bergrennen Hemberg hillclimb race in Switzerland. Mate also revealed that the Concept_One tumbled 100 meters (109 yards) down the hill after leaving the road.

The Croatian company also says that the fire started 10 meters after the car fell onto an asphalt road while tumbling down the hill.

Due to the extensive damage sustained by the hypercar, Rimac says it has been unable to determine how fast the car was travelling when it crashed, but Jeremy Clarkson says on Drive Tribe the car may have been going 120 mph (193 km/h) when it left the road.

Shortly after last week’s crash, The Grand Tour released a statement that Hammond hadn’t sustained any serious injuries. Hammond then published a video from his hospital bed on Drive Tribe confirming that he was “not dead” and that he was having surgery on his knee.


  • Knotmyrealname

    Sensationalist title. Flying 300m is NOT the same as coming to a rest 300m after leaving the road.

    • Akira

      Exactly. If he did actually fly 300m that would break a few world records.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      It’s what they do…

  • Infinite1

    I’m glad he’s okay though.

  • Nooky

    Total load of bullshit, just look at it on google maps.

    The car is 90m from the road and the high is maybe 8m.

  • Six_Tymes

    its fat, too heavy, very fast and not a good looking car. “flying”? hardly. to use the term “flying” is he an engineer? hes trying to divert the fact of how over weight the car is. its a very fast fat turd. glad to know hammod is OK, now slow down hammond when your driving fat turds.

    • fabri99

      I wouldn’t say it is fat at all. At 1900 kg, it’s 200 kg heavier than a 918 Spyder or a LaFerrari, but less than a Chiron. Weight distribution isn’t bad either (56/44): sure, not optimal, but impressive for what is probably the first all-electric hypercar. I can’t think of any contender, honestly. Who drove it (I mostly rely on EVO Magazine), was quite impressed: it wasn’t a threat to a P1 or a 918, but it was also impressive for such a small and pioneering company. Perhaps Hammond should be a little more careful when driving something completely new and that he has never driven before, perhaps he is just too…what’s the word? Oh, too confident.
      Plus, I really quite like the way it looks.

      • alexxx

        well said…
        the car is absolutely fantastic in every way…it looks great and is fast as hell… the man behind all this,Mate Rimac obviously,is a genius…he is a very young guy and made this car almost singlehandedly and from scratch…I know this cause I live in Croatia as Rimac also… Koenigsegg regera has Rimac’s electric motors and is not the only manufacturer that has them but Rimac can’t tell that info,various contracts don’t allow to… no car till know has beaten concept one,electric or non electric… this is no small feat,mind you…

    • alexxx

      Are you frustrated cause rimac concept one beat every car you love or what?! Reality is not your thing…

  • Erzhik

    Considering the damage and distance traveled, the car seems very safe.

  • Dinyar Master

    how the hell does an electric car burst into flames?

    • LeStori

      The same way that mobile phones and Laptops burst into flames.. Batteries packs that are essentially ‘unstable’.


  • mafia

    I don’t think he was going anywhere near 120. Looks like he entered the corner section at around 70 or 80 and broke to hard into the start of the section, loss all traction and when he tried to turn left up the hill, he went straight!

  • Vassilis

    Hey Mate!