- Nov 5, 2010
Video: Toyota pays tribute to Hiromu Naruse
Toyota pays tribute to one of its icons, Hiromu Naruse – Click above to watch the video after the jump
Master Test Driver Hiromu Naruse was, and still is, a legend for Toyota. The man had a hand in nearly every single important sports car to come from the automaker. He's logged more hours on the Nürburgring than any other Japanese driver, and those at Toyota called him the "Nur Miester," or "one and only master," while friends at Ferrari referred to him as "the man who knows all the world's roads." His job was to drive cars, evaluate them and help figure out how to make them better. When he was done at the office, he raced cars simply because he loved doing it.
His final masterpiece was the Lexus LF-A, and Naruse made sure it fit in with his highest of standards. He was tasked with driving the supercar near its top speed for extended periods of time, often in the dark. The Lexus LF-A is a technical wonder, which our own senior editor called "a harbinger of the future and proof that immensely entertaining things are on the way from Toyota." Editor Lavrinc was lucky enough to get some seat-time with the Master Test Driver, and you would be missing out if you didn't give it a read.
Sadly, it was behind the wheel of a Lexus LF-A where Hiromu Naruse lost his life earlier this year. Toyota has created a short video to honor its one and only master, which you can watch after the jump.