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PICS: Hammond injured in huge crash

2017-06-11 13:18

LUCKY ESCAPE: The twisted remains of the Rimac Concept One electric supercar following Richard Hammond's huge crash.Image: Amazon Prime

Switzerland — Richard Hammond, a presenter of hit motoring show 'The Grand Tour', escaped serious injury on Saturday 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.

The program said in a statement that 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


'Biggest crash I've ever seen'

Hammond, 47, hosts the adrenaline-fueled automotive show with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. The trio are the former hosts of the BBC program "Top Gear."

Hammond was driving a Rimac Concept One electric sports car when he crashed.

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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