dimanche 2 octobre 2011

Hiromu Naruse (the man who knows all the world’s roads)

Hiromu Naruse (1944 - 23 June 2010) was the Japanese chief test driver, chief test engineer of Toyota Motor Corporation and chief of the Gazoo Racing team. Naruse had been a test driver for the Toyota team for 47 years (1963 to 2010). He was also noted as the chief test driver of the Lexus LFA supercar. During his time at Toyota, Naruse became known by the nickname "Meister", and colleagues at Ferrari called him the "man who knows all the world’s roads." Naruse also logged more hours at the Nürburgring test track in Germany than any other Japanese driver.

On Wednesday afternoon, 23 June 2010, Naruse crashed his Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition prototype worth 1.5 million euros, frontally into an BMW production car near the Nürburgring, Germany. Both cars were a total loss. He was 66.

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