​Hiromu Naruse Toyota Test Driver Killed In Germany

​Hiromu Naruse Toyota Test Driver Killed In Germany

Toyota test driver killed in Germany. Toyota’s chief test driver Hiromu Naruse has been killed in an on-road session in the 2011 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition. There is an open investigation on what caused the accident.

In addition to being the chief test driver, he was the chief of the Gazoo Racing team and Akio Toyoda’s personal driver. Akio Toyoda is the president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation and is a grandson of founder Kiichiro Toyoda. Mr. Naruse, 67, is considered the “Godfather of the LFA”.

The fatal accident occurred on Highway 410 near the Nurburgring undulating racetrack that automakers use to test their vehicles. There was an unnamed passenger in the car with Naruse, who was also pronounced dead at the scene. The chilling video footage of the aftermath, clearly showed the Lexus in the on coming lane with the purple BMW.

Both the driver and passenger of the BMW hit by the reckless Lexus are listed as having life-threatening injuries. One of them is listed in critical condition. “The riders wore helmets and the cars were packed with electronics,” a police spokesman stated. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Hiromu Naruse began working for Toyota in 1963, as a temporary employee, in the Vehicle Evaluation and Engineering Division. He worked his way up to become a test driver. During the first 10 years after joining Toyota, he was involved in motor sports projects, and headed up production of the Toyota 7 and Toyota 2000GT. He was a kind but uncompromising, tireless worker, and numerous automobile journalists count themselves among his fans.

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