The interview offers Richard and Mate’s versions of event, providing detailed analysis using exclusive images and data not currently in the public domain. This brand new data shows that the car reached a speed of over 210km/h during Richard’s lap and then traveled over 110 metres once it left the track. Both Richard and Mate agree that despite the severity of the crash, Richard’s injuries were minimal, highlighting the structural integrity of the car.
Richard Hammond thankfully survived a pretty horrific supercar accident in Switzerland over the weekend. While the TV show host was demonstrating the power of the 1,224-horsepower Rimac Concept One, he appeared to under-steer on a curve of Hemberg Hill Climb, causing him and the electric supercar to tumble down the grassy hill. The vehicle burst into flames and Hammond was able to escape before the fire brigade extinguished the car. Hammond suffered no serious injuries.
Richard Hammond is a British presenter that became most popular as the endearing little host nicknamed the Hamster on Top Gear. In November 2016, Hammond, alongside the co-presenters of The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson and James May, launched the automotive social media website DriveTribe. This is not the first time Hammond has had a close encounter with death in a vehicle. During filming of a Top Gear segment at the former RAF Elvington airbase near York on 20 September 2006, Hammond was injured in the crash of the jet-powered car he was piloting.
The crash brings up questions about the whether the instant torque of a 900 kW electric supercar with four electric motors at each wheel is reasonable for even the most skilled drivers. Companies continue to push the envelope, looking to create the fasted production vehicles that are reaching low 2 second 0-60 mph times. Hammond was driving a special edition Remac Concept One boasting a 2.4 second 0-60. At what point will we reach the limits of human capability to control such power?
British race car driver Archie Hamilton wanted to find out how fast the Rimac Concept One really is so he came to Croatia, where Rimac is based, and brought with him a Tesla P90D with Ludicrous Mode and the ultimate road-going Ferrari – the LaFerrari.
The Rimac One is a super electric car in every sense of the word, but you might not have heard of it before. It has four motors at the wheels with a total horsepower well over 1000 hp. Each rear motor has its own two speed dual carbon clutch gearbox. The two gears allow the Concept One to accelerate quickly not only from a standstill, but while travelling speeds well over your local highway speed limit. Additionally, the Rimac One has seven independent cooling systems so the car can perform at extreme levels for prolonged hotrod sessions. With this setup, the Rimac has a few advantages over simpler electric supercars. The One can shift without losing torque. Power delivery is never interrupted since the front motors still deliver torque to the front wheels independently. The four motor powertrain architecture can control each wheel extremely precisely. With high tech traction control computers, the car can transition power from one wheel to the next in a turn or traction slippage situation.
As you can see in the video [spoiler alert] the Rimac One smokes the Tesla and it’s not even close. Later, Archie Hamilton warms up the Ferrari, which puts up a fight, but ends up mincemeat as well. The Concept_One achieved 2.69 seconds to 100 km/h and 9.92 seconds on the quarter mile. If you’re interested in owning this electro-rocket you might be able to snatch one for under a million dollars (US$980,000).