BREAKING: Toyota's chief test driver dies behind wheel of LFA in Germany
We don't have much in the way of details yet, but according to a report out
of Germany, Toyota's chief test driver has died in a crash on highway 410
near the Nurburgring after veering into the oncoming lane and colliding
with two others test drivers driving a BMW.
While the two BMW test drivers survived the crash, the yet-unnamed Toyota
driver died behind the wheel of the recently spied LFA Nurburgring Edition
he was driving.
The report says that the driver of the LF-A was 67 years old and Toyota's
chief test driver, which leads us to believe that he is Hiromu Naruse, In
addition to being the company's chief test driver, Naruse is also Akio
Toyoda's personal driver and the Godfather of the LFA.
More information should be forthcoming.
According to reports, Toyota's chief test driver, 67-year-old Hiromu
Naruse, has died in a crash on highway 410 near the famed Nürburgring race
track in Germany. He was driving the recently spied Lexus LFA Nürburgring
Edition (above) at the time of the accident, and reports say he veered into
oncoming traffic and collided head-on with two others test drivers in a
BMW. The two BMW test drivers survived the crash, though one is reportedly
still in critical condition. German video of the crash scene after the
accident took place can be viewed below. Police are investigating the crash
and have yet to determine its cause.
Naruse 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.
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This Translation was provided by YouTube User: slippingsnake
'test drive died on frontal crash'
a traffic accident happened, here at the K 94 (K = Kreisverkehrsstraße=
district traffic road), behind me in this left corner 2 vehicles crashed
In the Nissan lexus 1 person was killed, int he BMW 2 person are injured
who have been rescued by medics (DRK) and brought to hospital.
I can't tell how this traffic accident happened, Police is
...prosecution is informed and they have ordered an expert witness/
He's now coming from Koblenz to saerch for further proof/ evidence and
to reconstruct how the accident happened.
[sorry for my english)
So this is just a common traffic accident on a public road, prosecution is
involved bec. a person has been killed (standard procedure).
if you look at the pic. at 1:04 you'll see that incoming traffic is covered
by trees... maybe the Nissan cut the corner"