RICHARD HAMMOND, the former Top Gear host turned dot-com video jock, has injured himself after crashing a car. Again. Spectacularly.
Video shows the Amazon Prime star behind the wheel of a Rimac Concept One – the Veyron shaming all-electric supercar – as he tackles a hill climb in Switzerland while filming for the second season of the online-only show The Grand Tour.
Late in the brief video, Hammond spears off the road as the car rotates beneath him. Later images show a burnt-out wreck. Other reports say Hammond was able to crawl out of the wreckage unaided, but has suffered a broken knee. He has since been airlifted to a hospital in St Gallen. The Rimac fared much worse.
There was no one else in the car at the time of the crash, and the reason for the incident is as yet unknown and being investigated.
On Twitter, co-host Jeremy Clarkson said: “It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.”
This isn’t Richard’s first incident while filming. Over 10 years ago, the TV presenter suffered serious brain injuries and spent 5 weeks in hospital after crashing a jet-powered drag car at 463km/h.
The Rimac Concept One is an all-electric supercar that has built a cult following thanks to internet videos of it beating some of the world’s quickest cars in drag races. Notably the Ferrari LaFerrari, and Bugatti Veyron.
The car costs $3.38 million, and is built by a Croatian company.
The Grand Tour returns to Amazon Prime in October.