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.