In a horrible and tragic twist of fate, the two-tone Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition featured on CarAdvice yesterday has been involved in a fatal collision on roads outside the famous circuit, killing Toyota’s chief test driver, 67-year-old Hiromu Naruse.
According to reports, the Lexus LFA driven by Naruse-san veered into oncoming traffic and had a head-on collision with two other test drivers in a BMW who are now in a critical condition.
Several sources have indicated that all occupants in both cars were wearing helmets at the time of the accident which underlines the severity of the crash.
Naruse-san had been with the Toyota Motor Corporation since 1963 and most recently had been chief of the Gazoo Racing teams which fielded the Lexus LFA entries in the Nurburgring 24-hour race.
Labelled the “Godfather of the LFA”, Naruse-san was regarded as one of the most respected test drivers in Japan and is believed to have clocked more time on the ‘Ring than any other Japanese driver.