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Toyota Chief Test Driver Dies in Crash in Germany
The New York Times ^ | 23 June 2010 | RICHARD S. CHANG

Posted on 06/23/2010 2:10:45 PM PDT by Palter

Toyota’s chief test driver, Hiromu Naruse, died in a head-on collision Wednesday in Germany, reports the newspaper Rhein-Keitung.

The story was picked up by Autoblog. A Toyota spokesman, Wade Hoyt, confirmed that Mr. Naruse, 67, had been killed in the crash.

According to Rhein-Keitung, the accident happened near Toyota’s workshop near the Nürburging, an undulating racetrack that automakers use to test their vehicles. Photographs and German video of the scene show a yellow Lexus LFA supercar and a BMW, both heavily damaged and nose-to-nose along a slender two-lane road. The LFA that was involved in the crash appeared to be a prototype model.

“The riders wore helmets and the cars were packed with electronics,” said a police spokesman. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Rhein-Wied News reports that the BMW involved in the crash was also driven by a test driver, although it was a production vehicle. There was also a passenger. Both were seriously injured.

Mr. Naruse joined Toyota in 1963 in the Vehicle Evaluation and Engineering Division, according to Toyota’s Gazoo Racing fan site.

(Excerpt) Read more at wheels.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Hobbies; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: auto; cars; germany; toyota
Dam.
1 posted on 06/23/2010 2:10:49 PM PDT by Palter
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To: Palter

If this gets on the MSM, Toyota will tank.


2 posted on 06/23/2010 2:15:48 PM PDT by wastedyears (The Founders revolted for less.)
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To: Palter

A note for the NYT writer who composed this story - It is the Nürburgring and not the Nürburging. Idiot.


3 posted on 06/23/2010 2:18:38 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Palter
Photobucket
4 posted on 06/23/2010 2:19:23 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Palter

Left side in Japan, right side in Germany...
Left side in Japan, right side in Germany...
Left side in Japan, right side in Germany...
Left side in Japan, right side in Germany...
Left side in Japan, right side in Germany...


5 posted on 06/23/2010 2:22:26 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Napolean fries the idea powder.)
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To: Palter

His death is, of course, a tragedy, but dying while driving a $375,000.00 supercar on the Nürburging has to be one of the better ways to go.


6 posted on 06/23/2010 2:22:35 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Palter

Sticking accelerator?

Another runaway Toyota?


7 posted on 06/23/2010 2:26:56 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Palter

What a dummy.


8 posted on 06/23/2010 2:32:27 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Palter

sounds like a failure to communicate


9 posted on 06/23/2010 2:34:28 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Palter

I said it before, Toyota is the biggest beneficiary of BP Oil spill. How many Toyota stories have we missed because of the spill?

Reminds us of Gary Condit/Chandra Levy story in the summer of 2001. That story gone in an instant on the second Tuesday of that September.


10 posted on 06/23/2010 2:46:02 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: cicero2k

Don’t forget the sharks from 2001.


11 posted on 06/23/2010 2:56:08 PM PDT by Dacula (Every good father has a plan for his family.)
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To: digger48
Wow! Neither of those vehicles seen to be seriously damaged. I have a family member that rear ended a truck with a Towncar at 80 mph and walked away. The car is unrecognizable.
12 posted on 06/23/2010 2:59:15 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Sometimes you have to go to dark places to get to the light....)
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To: Prokopton

I agree, there are much worse ways to buy the farm.


13 posted on 06/23/2010 2:59:16 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Palter

Was his nickname “Buster”?


14 posted on 06/23/2010 3:00:27 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Sometimes you have to go to dark places to get to the light....)
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To: mad_as_he$$

I guessing that the Toyota model involved ain’t gonna pass the safety standards on this one.


15 posted on 06/23/2010 3:02:00 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Army Air Corps
A note for the NYT writer who composed this story - It is the Nürburgring and not the Nürburging. Idiot.

Perhaps not. It is spelled correctly on the NYT web site (or at least it has been corrected).

16 posted on 06/23/2010 3:06:14 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Republicans should campaign like Rush Limbaugh. A lot more of them would get elected.)
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To: Palter
the cars were packed with electronics,” said a police spokesman. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Perhaps too much electronics?

17 posted on 06/23/2010 3:27:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Army Air Corps
This would be a better way ,, but just barely ..
18 posted on 06/23/2010 5:30:56 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: digger48

I don’t see any pre-impact skid marks...Neither driver braked?


19 posted on 06/23/2010 5:41:20 PM PDT by dragnet2
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I don’t see any pre-impact skid marks...Neither driver braked?
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Obviously the ‘ring wasn’t closed for these runs ... and although we don’t get a big picture from the one photo it would appear that this “corner” is a long sweeper with the meeting of the cars somewhat after the entry and possibly near the apex where both would be crowding the inside and accelerating for the exit although the damage to the cars seems like a lower speed event... possibly one of the cars spun and was stopped far enough around the curve that it wasn’t readily visible...


20 posted on 06/24/2010 3:46:37 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: mad_as_he$$
>>Wow! Neither of those vehicles seen to be seriously damaged.<<


21 posted on 06/24/2010 8:19:37 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: Prokopton
From what I have read, so far ....

>>"the accident happened near Toyota’s workshop near the Nürburging" [sic]...<< not on the Nürburgring

Naruse knew that road well. A tragedy.

22 posted on 06/24/2010 8:25:33 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: digger48

The LFA got totally shredded. Obviously this is part of a government conspiracy to strengthen Unions and crush capitalism.


23 posted on 07/02/2010 2:52:53 PM PDT by Tempest (I believe in the sanctity of life... As long as you can afford it.)
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