• Jun 24, 2010
Toyota Motor Company has confirmed that Hiromu Naruse was the test driver killed in yesterday's crash outside the Nürburgring.
You can read the TMC's press release and brief bio on the Nur-Miester after the break and read our impromptu eulogy on Naruse-san here.
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HIROMU NARUSE MASTER TEST DRIVER TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

Hiromu Naruse is Master Test Driver at Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in Japan.

Naruse joined Toyota Manufacturing Corporation in 1963 as a test driver with Motor Sports in the Technical Division where he test drove the Toyota 7 and the 2000 GT. In 1970, he was transferred to Switzerland where he contributed to the growth of Toyota Motor Sports. He participated in and won many races, as one of the first Japanese participants, including the Nurburgring and Spa 24 Hour challenges. He transferred to the Dynamic Performance Testing Group in 1975 and in 1979 became part of the Overall Testing Group.

Naruse helped establish Special A in 1984.

He also helped establish VDx in 1995 where the group was responsible for auditing and evaluating new vehicles. In 2002 Naruse joined Team N where he is responsible for special assignments.

Naruse's experience as a driver has included the evaluation and development of every Toyota sports car including the Supra and many hours at Nurburgring. He has earned the nickname "Nur-meister" and holds the top spot of Toyota's 300 test drivers.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      RIP

      :'(
      • 4 Years Ago
      My sympathies to the family.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      God bless him, at that age still risking his life testing cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No, I just mean some kind of tribute to his life. Not a Lexus ad; a Toyota ad. He did more for Toyota than Lexus.

      BTW, there are more photos from the scene, here (text is in German):

      http://www.rhein-zeitung.de/fotos_costart,1_mmid,2890.html#pic

        • 4 Years Ago
        gotcha, thanks for the link. holy sh.. i've been there... i bet he just took the turn too quick, turned in thinking there was not going to be any traffic coming the other way or something. :/
      • 4 Years Ago
      : (

      • 4 Years Ago
      RIP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A great loss. :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      @dukeisduke - ad? for the LF-A? I doubt they'd want an advertisement for their first attempt at a supercar in ages to feature a horrific accident involving such a storied man, and arguably the single driver on earth most familiar with the car.
      • 4 Years Ago

      • 4 Years Ago
      Who was at fault?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Which seems more likely? Two guys in a BMW? Or a professional driver?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @8Complex I think you're all over it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The guys in the BMW were also test drivers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not that I'm an expert, but the pictures really seem like the show the LF-A on the left side of the road (read: wrong side in Germany, correct side in Japan). My guess is that he wasn't pushing hard so he was not concentrating fully, and he was comfortable on the left side of the road, and it just happened. It even looks like the LF-A was even further to the left than he would be normally driving, so he possibly pulled left hard to avoid the collision.

        Accidents happen... it's just that he was in a VERY high profile car that it's being made a big deal of.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The German newspaper article says that for unkown reasons the LFA was in the left lane when the accident happened but they haven't concluded the investigation yet.

        @8complex: the whole wrong side of the road explanation sounds plausible. Happened to me before...fortunately without an accident. Of course, he could have simply tried to cut through the corner...who knows?!

        Also not sure if it speaks for the car (LFA that is) if the guys in the 3-series BMW survive (albeit badly injured) while the guy in the super car dies.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      So sad... RIP Hiromu...

      May the LFA live on and be your last shining star.
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