Hammond in race with fighter jet

Richard Hammond got behind the wheel of another high-powered car – less than a year after his horrific crash while filming for the show, the BBC has revealed.

The 37-year-old drove a Bugatti Veyron, the fastest street-legal car in the world, in a ‘race’ with a Typhoon fighter jet as part of a stunt for Top Gear.

The BBC said it had followed “stringent” safety procedures for the race, which was filmed last week at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

Last September, the pint-sized presenter was driving a jet-powered car at speeds approaching 300mph on an airfield near York when he crashed.

He was airlifted to hospital where he was treated for swelling to the brain and bruising but eventually made a complete recovery.

A film of the accident was later broadcast on Top Gear, where fans of the show welcomed him back a hero.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive later found there had been “failings in BBC management systems” before the accident. But it concluded that no-one should be prosecuted.

The latest stunt was described as “awesome” by one eyewitness who said the Bugatti drove for one mile each way down the airfield runway.

Meanwhile the Typhoon jet, which easily won the encounter, flew one mile over the runway, headed vertically for another mile and then turned round.

Bugatti Veyrons, which cost more than £800,000, are capable of over 250mph and can travel from 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds. A Typhoon jet can travel at twice the speed of sound.

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