This is terrible news.
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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/23/b...-germany-ring/We don't have much in the way of details yet, but according to a report out of Germany, Toyota's chief test driver has died in a crash on highway 410 near the Nurburgring after veering into the oncoming lane and colliding with two others test drivers driving a BMW.
While the two BMW test drivers survived the crash, the yet-unnamed Toyota driver died behind the wheel of the recently spied LFA Nurburgring Edition he was driving.
The report says that the driver of the LF-A was 67 years old and Toyota's chief test driver, which leads us to believe that he is Hiromu Naruse, In addition to being the company's chief test driver, Naruse is also Akio Toyoda's personal driver and the Godfather of the LFA.
More information should be forthcoming.
UPDATE: The two drivers in the BMW sustained lift-threatening injuries and one is in critical condition.
UPDATE 2: Video of the scene added after the jump.
UPDATE 3: Spiegel is confirming that Naruse was the driver.
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That is sad.
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Hopefully the other two drivers pull through.
It makes you wonder what (if any) kind of backlash there will be against all the test cars around the Ring area. Hopefully an investigation doesn't find that the drivers involved were doing something dangerous (like hauling ass down the backroads) or that an equipment failure caused the problem.
Yeah, I think he died at the wheel before the accident. While 67 isn't exactly ancient, especially for Japanese folks, he's still an older guy that was closer to the end than the beginning.
to a great talent
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that guy helped build every decent toyota in the last 30 years. RIP.
there is much to be said for cashing out behind the wheel of a very fast car. at least he was doing what he loved in probably one of the better cars they've ever built.
Can anyone give a summary of what the fireman said?
The collision looks passenger side vs. passenger side and there aren't any skid marks. The last clip of the video shows that it was a bit of a blind curve with those trees there. Maybe the LFA was cutting the corner and the BMW tried to evade... resulting in the cars ending up hitting that way and being on the wrong side of the road? Just an idea.
My friends and I crashed in 99 Chevy Malibu and the passenger wasn't wearing his seatbelt, his face hit the airbag and was pushed up, causing his forehead to both shatter, and dislodge the windshield from the car. He got out of the car without a scratch, just a bad headache.
Not often do you see a crash and think, that's not so bad, someone died? Usually it's the reverse, some horrific looking mangled mess, and people survived. This is all speculation though, obviously I'm guessing until we can find out what actually happened.
Very sad though, it's always rough losing someone with great talent.
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