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2017-06-28 10:56

Image: AP

Cape Town - Richard Hammond suffered a huge crash in Switzerland, destroying his Rimac One concept car in the process.

Hammond, a host of The Grand Tour, spoke to the CEO of the supercar company, Mate Rimac, following his crash at the Bergrennen Hemberg race hillclimb in Switzerland, Drivetribe reported

The Grand Tour presenter was airlifted to hospital with a fractured knee. Chatting to Mate Rimac, Hammond said that he was fully conscious during the crash, that saw the supercar flip upside and set alight.

A video shows Hammond being shown footage of the crash by Rimac. Hammond said he experienced a moment of dread where he thought to himself "Oh God, I'm going to die". He has subsequently published a video showing that he is mobile again, albeit in a customised wheelchair.

Rimac said that it's unable to determine how many times the car rolled though the CEO adds that it "held up pretty well". 

Caught fire

The 28-year-old Rimac said he was not happy that the car caught fire although understandable considering the punishment the car went through during the crash. 

He said: "Of course we are not happy with that we are improving the car and batteries to not do that anymore and this data will help us understand better what happened."

Watch the full crash reconstruction video here. 

More about the supercar Hammond crashed

The $1-million battery-powered car, built by the Croatian firm Rimac Automobili, has an electronically governed top speed of 305km/h). It produces 811kW/1600Nm, each wheel powered by an electric motor and can reach 100km/h in just 2.6 seconds.

The car has a claimed range of 500km. 

More on Hammond's crash here. 

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