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2017-06-11 19:37

LUCKY ESCAPE: Richard Hammond in hospital following his huge crash in the Rimac Concept One electric super car.Image: YouTube

Switzerland - Richard Hammond, a presenter on the hit motoring show 'The Grand Tour', escaped serious injury on Saturday (June 10) in a fiery crash while filming in Switzerland.

Hammond, a former 'Top Gear' host, was airlifted to hospital with a fractured knee. The Rimac Concept One electric supercar he was driving was reduced to a twisted, blackened mess after it crashed and caught fire.

A video by The Grand Tour Fans, posted on YouTube, shows the star recovering in hospital: "Thankfully he can still smile and have fun, so we're looking forward to see him back soon."

Recovering in hospital

Hammond, laying in a hospital bed, said: "Hello, yes it's true, I've been binned it, again. The main result I'm here in a hospital in Switzerland - this is my knee, they're going to turn it to this (points to his X-ray), giving me a swiss-army knee. I'd like to thank all the medical professionals who got me here by air ambulance from the crash to this hospital. I'd like to thank James May who smuggled in a bottle of gin for me last night. I probably shouldn't have said that out loud.

"And most importantly, sorry to my wife Mindy (Amanda Etheridge) and my daughters Isabella and Willow, sorry for being such a colossal (James May, off-screen, holds up a book called 'The idiot Brain'), yeah, that..."

Hammond speaks from the hospital:

Huge crash

Hammond crashed after completing a climb during a demonstration run at the Hemberg hill race in the east of the alpine country.

A spokesperson for The Grand Tour said: "Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury. 

"Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames. He was flown by Air Ambulance to hospital in St Gallen to be checked over revealing a fracture to his knee. 

"Nobody else was in the car or involved in the accident, and we'd like to thank the paramedics on site for their swift response. The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated."

We have images, video and details of the electric car below.

Watch the crash below:

Image: Amazon Prime

Image: Amazon Prime

Image: Amazon Prime

Image: Amazon Prime

Top speed of 305km/h

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. 

Hammond was photographed with the car:

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