You must have heard of Richard Hammond’s accident on Saturday, June 10 while shooting a segment for The Grand Tour. The accident occurred after he lost control of the Rimac Concept One, a Croatian electric hypercar worth £2 million just after passing the finish line. The car then flipped down the hill and caught on fire.
Luckily, the 47-year-old host was able to bail out of the car before it burst into flames. As James May arrived, he saw the marshals pull Hammond away from the car in case it explodes. The accident left Hammond with a fractured left knee. Notably, he was conscious immediately after the crash. Jeremy Clarkson, on the other hand, revealed that his legs “turned to jelly” when he saw the crash site.
After the serious car accident Richard Hammond got into, The Grand Tour season 2 will have to be delayed, says Jeremy Clarkson. For the meantime, Clarkson and James May will be filling in for Hammond for the next couple of shoots. However, there has been no update on whether the premiere date in October will be moved due to the postponement.
Clarkson updates us on Hammond’s condition as he wrote on Drivetribe: “As I write, James May is sitting in the hell hole that is Gatwick Airport waiting for a budget airline to take him to a shoot that Hammond should have been doing” while Hammond is “lying in bed in the Swiss Alps, while pretty nurses attend to give his every need, and give him drugs”.
He added that he himself has been working so hard to rewrite the show’s scripts since The Hamster won’t be able to drive for the next few months. But he also said that Hammond should be back in their office once he gets out of the hospital, but the injured host will instead be doing other duties including refilling the photocopier, making coffee, and organizing the storeroom to make up for his work.
Since the accident, Hammond finally announced on Drivetribe that he “is pleased to announce that after two sleepless nights and several hours surgery, my Swiss Army Knee is finished and works. It bends in the middle and whilst a problem at airport security, is at least rustproof”. Hammond sounds very optimistic, and it seem like he is doing very well – that’s good news for his fans.
The car that Hammond crashed in, the 2018 Rimac Concept One, has a power of 1,224 horsepower (900 kilowatts) and in 2.5 seconds, it can sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h). Apparently, it could reach up to 221 miles per hour (355 km/h). Thanks to its 90-kilowatt-hour battery that also lets it drive up to 217 miles (350 kilometers).