Master Test Driver Hiromu Naruse was, and remains a total legend for Toyota. Naruse first joined Toyota back in the sixties and would go on to help develop every important sportscar to come from the carmaker. Naruse worked on such greats as the Celica, MR2 and Supra, he’s logged more hours on the NÃ¼rburgring than any other Japanese driver, and those at Toyota called him the “Nur Miester,” or “one and only master.” His job was, basically, to test drive cars, evaluate them and help figure out how to make them better. But after hours he would also race cars simply because he loved doing it.
His final challenge lay in the developing the Lexus LF-A, and Naruse made sure it reached his highest 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 now considered a technical wonder and is one of the most coveted supercars in the world.
Ultimately, it was behind the wheel of a Lexus LF-A where Hiromu Naruse lost his life earlier this year (read news). Toyota has now created a short video to honor its one and only master, which you can watch by clicking below. Read the rest of this entry »