Richard Hammond's EV Crash
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Sunday June 11, 2017 – Richard Hammond's EV Crash – Yesterday former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was involved in a crash while driving the Rimac Concept One electric supercar. At the time he was filming a segment for his new show, The Grand Tour, at the Hemburg Hill climb course outside the town of St Gallan in Switzerland.
The car, which appeared to be working well suddenly appeared to be accelerating out of control towards a 90 degree turn. The car couldn't make the turn and flipped over and rolled down the hill finally bursting into Flames. Fellow presenter Jeremy Clarkson later tweeted "It was the biggest crash I've ever seen and the most frightening".
Fortunately Richard Hammond was
able to crawl out of the overturned car before it caught fire. He was very
shaken but awake and talking. He was airlifted to a local hospital where
he was diagnosed with a fractured knee. Looking at pictures of the
crash it seems incredible that anyone could have survived but this goes to show
just how far we have come with crash protection for the occupants of vehicles.
The Rimac Concept One is built by Rimac Automobili in Croatia and has been described as the worlds first electric supercar. It has electric motors powering all four wheels with a total power output of 811 KW and is capable of accelerating from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. The 90 kWh Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide battery pack gives the car a range of 310 miles per charge. Starting in 2014 a limited production run of just 8 cars was done and all 8 cars were sold. Reports are that the car involved in the collision was worth over two million dollars.
We can expect a lot of misinformation about the crash over the next few days until the investigation is complete and the true cause is known. I've already read one report that says the car burst into flames then veered off the road which is clearly incorrect. I should also point out that in such a horrific crash having an ICE car catch fire would not be considered strange at all.
I've also heard a lot of comments about Hammond, May, and Clarkson getting too old to be driving fast cars but in this case it doesn't seem to be Richard Hammond's fault. I suspect that these three will begin to slow down a bit though and get someone more like the Stig to do the fast driving. I remember the tag line on the ads for The Grand Tour which said "what could go wrong"; well now we know..
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