A Sad Day in Toyota History
According to several sources, Toyota’s Cheif Test Driver, 67-year old Hiromu Naruse, died in a collisoin on HWY 410 outside of Nurburgring with two other test drivers in a BMW. While the accident is still under investigation, some reports state that Hiromu San veered into oncoming traffic and had a head-on collision with the BMW. The two BMW test drivers survived, though are still in critial condition. German police are still trying to determin the cause.
Hiromu San was heavily involved with the development of the Lexus LFA supercar he was driving, along with many other past sports cars from Toyota’s history since he joined the company in 1963. Enthusiasts today call him the “Godfather of the LFA,” though he was involved in the development of sports cars for Toyota going as far back as the storied 2000GT from the late 1960s. The prototype of a special edition version of the LFA that he was driving when the accident occurred was reportedly worth 1.5 million euro.