• Apr 26, 2007
Every so often we hear a tale of an engineer driving a development mule in public who just goes nuts. Most of the time it's triggered by a photographer taking pictures of the Top Secret car he's driving, at which point the engineer freaks and attempts to kill the offending snapper via vehicular homicide. It happened to our buddy Chris Doane last summer when a Ford engineer tried to flatten him with an F-250 mule. This time a group of Toyota engineers driving an IS 350 chase vehicle, RX hybrid development mule and an unidentified car covered entirely in camo (next-gen Prius?) reportedly began messing with some guys from GTChannel.com who were taking pics of the cars on their camera phone.

As far as we know, taking a picture of a vehicle that's driving around on public roads is not illegal, but legality aside, attempting to cause an accident is not an appropriate and measured response. Reading the account on GTChannel.com seriously makes our blood boil, since this cat and mouse game we call spy photography is something we all enjoy that ultimately helps automakers more than it hurts. Any driver acting this way on behalf of an automaker should be fired on the spot, and if this behaviour is actually sanctioned by automakers, then these companies need to reevaluate their priorities pronto. Certainly the public exposure of a development mule is not more important than the life and well being of a human being. Right?

Click the Read link to view the rest of GTChannel.com's pics.

[Source: GT Channel]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Not to make light of those irresponsible actions, but dealing with stuff like that seems to be a monthly occurrence for me on the roads up here around Vancouver. Disgusting I tell you, it's only for the preservation of myself that I've chosen not to hit these jerks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Japanese culture does not view human life the same way as Western culture. What a retarded remark.
      Hmmm, Bosnia, Iraq war et al.
      I guess we really value life here in the west. Have you looked at the homicide rate here?
      Check your facts!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The RX had some diffrences. Through the camo you can see redesigned lights, bumper, and grille. There was also a lot of space above the wheels.Could this be an RX based on the Highlander's new chassis? The two have always been closely related.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't see the reason to try to kill with a Toyota...we all know they will be bland anyways.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm wrong, but the first thing I thought when I saw the spy photo was that it was the new Corrola, u know, the car that Toyota was supposed to release this year, but then realized how bad it looked compared to the new civic. Yeah, that was irresponsible driving, but I am willing to bet the driver was merely trying to scare the photographer, and not actually hit him (not like that is any more excusable).
      • 7 Years Ago
      over here (australia) its illegal to take someones photo with out their permission.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not to be a dick, but any car that couldn't out-run a next-gen (or ANY gen) Prius deserves to be messed with... ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      In the US it is NOT illeagal to take someones photograph on PUBLIC roads! In fact if you are standing on the sidewalk and can see something, you can photograph it. The public information of this blog and the information on it should reach the folks at Toyota, and this behavior should be eliminated. I understand the secracy of a project, but when you go into public with all the plastic camo on a vechicle, your asking for it. It seems we have recently seen some Honda Accord photos of the same ilk. I do not remember hearing about them trying to run people off the road. I think the accord is a much bigger seller than whatever this vehicle will be.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jeez, these Toyotas are so bland they should run them without camo. No one would notice them. You slap camo on a turd and people get crazy about it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not so sure that's a Prius. Except for the missing glass in front of the side view mirrors, it looks quite a bit like the Auris/Blade.

      Which means they were probably tailing the next Matrix.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Response to #14 by jon


      The photographer was driving a late model Rx7 :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The next time this occurs to you, I would suggest a collision with the million dollar test mule. You can then take as many pictures as your heart desires for the upcoming insurance claim, and the Police should be there to keep everyone nice and calm. Also if you have a witness that the Mule caused the accident you should be able to have your car repaired by some very deep pockets.
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