Anybody whose ever been associated with Toyota will tell you that few people are as respected and beloved as Master Test Driver Hiromu Naruse.
The iconic test driver for Toyota began his career with the company as an accountant, but quickly displayed a knack for his expertise in building and developing sports cars. In the past 47 years, Naruse inspired and had a hand in building almost every sports car built by Toyota, including his latest work of art, the Lexus LF-A.
Sadly, Naruse’s life was taken while driving the last masterpiece he helped build, the LF-A, after a tragic car accident cost Toyota more than just its “NurMiester”. The company lost a friend, a brother, a hero, and an icon.
As a sign of respect to honor the man many say is one of the best test drivers in history – he’s logged more hours than any Japanese driver at the Nurburgring – Toyota released a short video in tribute to Hiromu Naruse, the one and only master.