- Richard Hammond relives the moment his car left the track while filming The Grand Tour

"I'm going to die" - Watch Richard Hammond explain how his crash happened

2y ago


Richard Hammond is back in the UK and able to look back on his crash with good humour.

The Grand Tour presenter met with Rimac CEO, Mate Rimac, to review data from the Rimac Concept One, and relive the moment he left the track and hurtled 100 metres down a hill, narrowly avoiding crashing into a house.


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"I was aware that I was up high, and that inevitably the car was going to come down," said Hammond.

"And yeah of course there was a moment of dread - 'Oh God, I'm going to die'."

"Oh God, I'm going to die"

Richard Hammond on the moment he crashed

"And also I was aware that the car was taking just such a beating. I mean if you look at those craters, that's a big hole that's just impact and it looks like the thing has been dropped from space to leave a whole that big. So yeah I was probably going 'well this is it'. In fact that is what was going through my mind. I thought 'I've had it'."

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Comments (179)
  • I think it's pretty classy for the two of them to sit together and film an interview like that. Clearly, Mr. Hammond feels badly about the car and does not want the company's image damaged by the accident. And the CEO is naturally going to want to protect his business. So regardless of whether Mr. Hammond drove too fast or the car burned too fast, both care about the company and the industry and have learned a great deal. The company will make adjustments to their car. Yes, a statement of concern for Mr. Hammond's well-being would be friendlier, but there are probably some feelings going on that are being smoothed over. Both were professional. It was a classy thing for them to sit down and analyze the accident and discuss the car together in a calm and civilized manner. I think the rest of us might be polite and stop bashing Mr. Hammond for making a mistake or, conversely, bashing Mr. Rimac for not being more compassionate. I think they handled this in the best way they could have. Good for both of them. It sounds like an amazing car. And even the best drivers go off, so I would not squawk at Mr. Hammond for being a bad driver. Let it go. I am just grateful that Mr. Hammond is still with us. Moving on...

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    • I agree, definite class all around.

      It felt like Richard didn't want to talk too much about the car as the video wouldn't be out for quite some time. I get the feeling that he might...

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  • This guy Rimac, he both good and bad, the bad thing is that hes trying say "oh its not our fault!" and i could clearly see that Richard got more irritated, Richard said "yesterday we were on the track and i tried to make it oversteer but it didnt so why did it do it Now?"

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    • As someone who has done "road data testing" (cornering speeds, banking angle, g-forces inside a standard vehicle) I can assume it's because he was on a road, not a track. The data...

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    • I think there is the torque-vectoring system to blame. It sent power to one (in this case rear) wheel as the system thinks it is the best, according the steering lock, steering...

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