Toyota chief test driver dies in LF-A Nurburgring Edition crash

Today is a black day for Toyota! A Lexus LF-a Nurburgring Edition test drive ended up in tragedy. The supercar crashed a few kilometers from the Nurburgring test track, killing the driver. While previous rumors did not reveal the identity of the driver, they did report that it was a 67 year-old man. Now a German magazine reports that the driver was indeed Hiromu Naruse, Toyota’s chief test driver.

The other car involved in the accident was a BMW 3-Series sedan . Both the driver and the passengers are in serious condition at the hospital.

The first details of the accident stated that Naruse was taking the turn at a high rate of speed and crossed into the opposing lane, but the police are still investigating.

As a fatal premonition, Naruse said on May 26: "When we raced the LFA in Nardo, Italy, I thought I might not return to Japan alive. The purpose of this ‘test’ was to evaluate the car’s durability at 200 mph for a long period. The race was in the dark with no lights on the track, plus there were birds flying at me – and imagine if a tire burst! We created the final LFA through these kinds of test experiences."

Our thoughts are with the friends and families of the people involved in this terrible tragedy.

Video after the jump.


10 comments:

While its hard to tell exactly what happened from those limited pictures, my guess is either the suspension on the LFA breaking and pulling him into the oncoming lane, or the driver of the BMW washing out wide exiting the corner forcing the LFA to swerve to the left.

It was so sad to know that a next gen- Lexus will be burn just like that. But it’s kinda feel sad to know that the driver die.

While its hard to tell exactly what happened from those limited pictures, my guess is either the suspension on the LFA breaking and pulling him into the oncoming lane, or the driver of the BMW washing out wide exiting the corner forcing the LFA to swerve to the left.

if you are 67 years old, is it safe to drive this type of car at a high speed. I think your response time is long to avoid such accidents.

Condolences to his family.

That’s crazy! Condolences to their families and the Toyota family. Those lovely car ended so early, but most important is the life that was taken in that accident. Wish this could never happen again.

Of course, Nissan has already eliminated that over heating problem on the ethanol.

dang those super car got ed up.. bye bye $300,000. super car.

what the heck.. two super car ended their lives and not only that the lfa has also taken the toyota’s chief test life.. too bad.

ouch.. condolence to his family and friends.. maybe on of the car has crossed the other line during turn.

Naruse-San, We will miss you.
Ayosh minosai.
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