As you can imagine, Amazon will not be happy with this, so those videos will disappear once the online giant contacts YouTube and starts reporting the accounts that have uploaded its content.
The scenes were shot in Norway, at the decommissioned Olavsvern naval base, and James May was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 at the time. Initial reports claimed that he had been doing 75 mph (121 kph) when he jackknifed into the wall during a braking maneuver, but the video of the crash tells a different story.
While we do see James May accelerating as if he had a grudge against those who call him Captain Slow, and the speedometer does show over 62 mph (100 kph), James is then shown holding the wheel with two hands while hitting the brakes.
The moment of the crash is then shown, and the British presenter was fortunate enough to be able to stay conscious, get out of the vehicle on his feet, and then speak to the emergency crews that were on stand-by for the stunt. The British presenter was taken to the hospital and received a full physical examination before being released back into the wild.
Some commenters on YouTube claim that the crash was staged, or that there was a different person behind the wheel of the Evo when the top speed parts were filmed, and then James May just had to do the last bits on his own, for the camera. We do not think that the crash was staged, but it does raise a few questions regarding the safety of the presenter.
After all, accidents happen, and the saying goes that one must dress for the fall, not for the ride, so we should have seen James May wear a helmet on this particular challenge. Fortunately, the Brit is made it out alive, but scared himself, Hammond, Clarkson, and the entire production crew while he was at it.