Richard Hammond Ruined A McLaren 720S After Refueling It With Water

The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond is clearly not having a good year, when it comes to supercars.

After his notorious Rimac Concept One crash earlier this season, which resulted in him being hospitalized and the $1 million electric hypercar being totally destroyed, Hammond did it again, only this time the victim was a McLaren.

In the latest episode of The Grand Tour, Richard Hammond had to drive two different examples of the McLaren 720s because he broke the first car by filling its fuel tank with water.

Hammond said that when the car run low on fuel at the track, he used a nearby jerry can to fill it up again, without noticing that he was adding water instead of actual fuel into the supercar’s tank.

To make matters worse, Hammond didn’t notice of his wrongdoing until it was too late; in his own words: “It was when the engine sort of let go”.

At least this time he didn’t had to be hospitalized, which is surely some sort of progress!


  • nastinupe


    • Bo Hanan

      Why screw up a nice car for entertainment value? And if they did it because of “who they are” it just makes it entitled, arrogant and stupid.

      • Six_Tymes

        you are an idiot.

        • Bo Hanan

          Not I!
          If you think this is appropriate behavior, or you think “I don’t see the fun in it” then you sir, are the idiot.

      • Vassilis

        It wasn’t for entertainment value. He did it by mistake.

      • GT trio are known for their scripted show, but it seems this incident are real and they are more than happy to exploit it themselves.

  • Hamster

    Best Combo Ever… love the way May & Jeremy asks the questions. it Just makes it better… 😀

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Hammond’s an organ.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    what an @sshole.

    • Six_Tymes

      yeah! he is! burn him at the stake!

    • td0g

      Ya, the guy who put water in a petrol can is a massive asshole.

  • I like that someone made a list of car that Hammond’s has destroyed throughout Top Gear and Grand Tour and it’s reach dozen by now.

  • danno

    And he still has his job because … ?

    • rodriguez256

      Because he’s entertaining and all of this just gives the show more attention. Most companies wouldn’t have hired and payed someone a good amount of money after physically attacking their previous employer. So this isn’t a regular job.

    • Bo Hanan

      He still has a job because there are more people like him who find this amusing than not. And that is sad.

  • R55

    This is a week old why is this coming out now 😆

  • Is the Show Slipping?

    Can’t help but feel this is a gimmick to solicit ratings.

  • samurai

    Is there any proof this happened? Just remember that they had this bet in the first season to destroy the house of Clarkson, when in real life he wanted to destroy his old house to make room for his new one…

    • dufonrafal .

      Yes it did really appended. It was really accidental and McLaren gave him an other car to finish the review. It’s unlikely that the engine was destroyed by that though.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Richard, you muppet!

  • robotlogic

    I’m sure Richard Hammond is getting very expensive to insure.

  • Dre Andre

    Most of these programs are scripted for ratings. It’s working. Articles about it. People talking about it. All “reality” show have levels of scripting in them. Watch “Adam ruins everything” TV show as one example of proof.

  • Frank Yoster

    hahaha and now u know why i dont watch these goons…ppl think they know cars but for real they just posh actors pretending to be pros.

    • Matt

      I think you’ll find they probably know more about cars than you. Not an insult, but these guys do actually know their stuff. They were all motoring journalists before they became TV stars.

  • john1168

    I haven’t seen the episode yet but maybe the next time someone puts water in a jerry can, the can should be labeled such to help prevent this. Unless the producers planned this to make the episode entertaining.

  • LeStori

    So he destroyed a McLaren engine. Many others have destroyed their McLarens whilst out driving.

    Example. In July 2017 two fellows on a jaunt and driving to the Goodwood festival of speed totally destroyed a McLaren when they ran into a house. Presumably the house, a very agile “creature”, jumped into the middle of the road.
    Whilst Hammond is what many would call a twat, he is a twat that fits in with the rest on The Grand Tour. A comedy show with cars as props. You do not watch The grand tour to find out about cars. For those that do not like the antics, they can turn to the knitting channel. They have the “Make a nice Cardigan” on right now…

  • BrucieBruce

    Hammond probably never puts gas in his automobiles in real life…so it was easy to get confused.

  • Six_Tymes

    Was it at least spring water?

  • TheBelltower

    Sure. It goes like this… I’m a car guy, with many years of experience behind me, so I’ll just grab a can of “whatever fluid,” and pour the “whatever fluid” into the gas tank of this very… very very very expensive car that has been lent to me for a TV show with an unlimited budget. No, this wasn’t staged at all.

    • I don’t know I think it’s a simple mistake, maybe usually jerry cans there were filled with petrol and Hammond assumed it’s a petrol and didn’t realize that it’s water.

  • kimbentsen

    The Hamster is not too bright.

  • karmat

    I don’t believe the engine let go. They squirt water into cylinders on turbo cars all the time. I bet you could just take it all apart, dry it out and you’d be good to go.

  • jsz00

    I don’t think manufacturers would ever lend them their cars if they continue to be idiots.

  • BlackPegasus

    Why does this guy still have a job? His antics portrays a lack of respect for the automobiles we all love so much. I find nothing amusing about his latest round of stupidity.

    • Because it’s GT and that actually Hammond is as respectable as other journalist outside their GT persona, you just need to read his column on old Top Gear magazine.

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