- 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

Hammond meets with Mate Rimac to relive the crash and discuss how it happened

4y 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 (197)

  • 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...

      4 years ago
    • 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 well have a lot of positive things to say about it.

        4 years ago
  • 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?"

      4 years ago
    • 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 suggests he was going much faster around this specific corner...

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        4 years ago
    • 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 rotate speed, G, braking whatever else too....

      It can be...

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        4 years ago
  • That is a well made car! A 30 meter flight followed by an unknown number of roles (certainly more than 3) and a vertical decent of 100+ meters, and he has 2 scratches and some knee damage. INCREDIBLE!

      4 years ago
    • Yes, the car is (was) pretty rigid and has a safe structure, but.... you can say that it protects the ocupants better than other cars in situation that would not happen in other cars.... ;) (due to this abovementioned torque vectoring and...

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        4 years ago
    • According to the interview physics dictated that car was going over the cliff no matter torque vectoring short comings,

        4 years ago
  • I'm just so happy he isn't dead. ☺

      4 years ago
  • I thought Rimac was cool up until this point. This could have been handled so epicly, and given great PR to Rimac... But Rimac went from sub-zero to seriously uncool in a heartbeat with this pedantic, boring and rather useless twat of a CEO. Over analysing every little detail, if you look carefully at his pictures (edited in paint), they are in fact wrong too. Give the analysing a rest, Richard isn't buying a word of it either, but he puts it beautifully, "I crashed, that what happened". I call bullshit on this guy's analysis of the crash, his pictures edited in paint are hardly science, what a prat "I sink ze car was..." -go home mate. Love how Richard, like the rest of us, almost falls asleep half way through mr. boring's lecture on what his company... I didn't listen if I'm honest.

      4 years ago
    • I also don't even understand why Hammond did make this video with this guy?

        4 years ago
    • hammond crashed in a rimac. it burned. that man represents rimac. Hammond wants to find out and tell others why he crashed. if it was his fault or the cars. he also wants people to know. Also, it adds another point of view to the crash.

        4 years ago