James May Crashes Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Into A Wall At 75 MPH While Filming Grand Tour Special

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Thankfully, Captain Slow is unharmed.

Admit it, at some point in your life, you've found yourself dealing with feelings of jealousy while watching The Grand Tour. The famed trio gets to drive expensive machinery in breathtaking locations and call it a job - on top of that, they're paid millions. But as Richard Hammond has demonstrated repeatedly, it can be dangerous too. But this time, it's the ever-cautious James May who has been involved in a rather serious accident, reports The Sun.

While filming for the latest special, May - affectionately known as Captain Slow - crashed his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII into a wall at 75 mph. The incident occurred while shooting a race in a tunnel at a Norwegian naval base. As per the report, the tunnel lights were only switched on as the cars drove along, allowing just three seconds of reaction time.

Unfortunately, May reacted late and spun the car into the wall at high speed.


A source revealed that everyone, particularly Hammond and Clarkson, was worried about their long-time friend and colleague. "It looked extremely worrying at first ... Jeremy and Richard were concerned about their mate and the paramedics swooped in quickly." May reportedly suffered a broken rib in the accident and hit his head upon impact.

"James smashed his head quite hard in the [accident] and was bloodied by it...he was complaining about pain in his back and neck. He broke at least one rib and was quite shaken," added the source. Thankfully, May's injuries weren't too serious and he was able to resume filming and join his pals a day later.

It appears this accident happened quite a while back, though. Fellow presenter Jeremy Clarkson posted a picture of the Lancer Evo in question as far back as March. It's very likely the production team kept the incident quiet to preserve the upcoming Amazon Prime special.


In reaction to the accident, May took to Twitter to assuage the concerns of his fans. "Thank you for all your kind comments and funny jokes re my crash, but it was a while back, not that bad, and I'm perfectly okay," he wrote. Sadly, it seems that the Lancer Evo - an epic sports sedan made before Mitsubishi was reduced to making the Eclipse Cross - didn't make it out alive.

"Apologies to Evo fans for binning the VIII," he added.

Very little is known about the upcoming special, but a Grand Tour thread on Reddit has said the latest installment in the popular series will center around a road trip in the Arctic Circle. May's Lancer is joined by a Subaru (as seen in the photo) and an Audi RS4 (B7). A release date is yet to be confirmed, but it shouldn't be long before we get to see it.

We're just happy Captain Slow made it out of his terrifying crash alive.

Source Credits: The Sun

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