BREAKING NEWS: Toyota’s Chief Test-Driver dies in Lexus LFA Prototype

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LFA Nurburgring crash

We bring you this story with a heavy heart and sad fingers on the keyboard. Toyota’s chief test-driver, Hiromu Naruse, died on June 23rd on the 410 Highway near the famous Nurburgring in Germany. He was driving the recently spied Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition, of which only 50 will be made, costing 1.5 million Euros. Naruse was driving on the two-lane highway and (for reasons still unknown) crossed the dotted line into on-coming traffic, where he collided with a BMW, also driven by factory test drivers (from BMW, of course). Both the BMW drivers survived, although one is still in critical condition.

We praise Naruse for his obvious passion and creativity. Without him we may never have seen those few yet brilliant cars Toyota has produced in the last 5 decades. He died doing what he loved and what he was seemingly born to do, and for that we pay him our highest respects.

Hiromu Naruse

Naruse was 67 years old, and has been heavily involved in Toyota development since joining the company in 1963. While he’s been called the “Godfather of the LFA” (The new Lexus supercar), he has been helping Toyota build sports cars as far back as the 2000GT. From the 2000GT all the way to the LFA, Naruse has truly been there to see every good, proper car that Toyota and Lexus ever produced roll out the door.

Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

We praise Naruse for his obvious passion and creativity. Without him we may never have seen those few yet brilliant cars Toyota has produced in the last 5 decades. He died doing what he loved and what he was seemingly born to do, and for that we pay him our highest respects.

Click here to see a video of the cars after the crash, and the police commentary on the accident. (SFW, in German)

Source: Rhein Wied | Rhein Zeitung



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