Toyota's Top Test Driver Killed in Lexus 'Supercar'

He dies testing prototype of car he helped develop
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 4:54 PM CDT
The Lexus LFA in a file photo from March 2, 2010. The accident involved a special edition version of the car.   (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
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(Newser) – Toyota's chief test driver has been killed driving a prototype of a Lexus LFA "supercar." Hiromu Naruse, 67, apparently veered out of his lane and collided with test drivers in a BMW. The two drivers in the BMW survived, though one is in critical condition, AOL Autos reports. Naruse was known as "Godfather of the LFA." The prototype he crashed in Germany, a special edition version of the model, is said to have been worth $1.8 million.

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