Akio Toyoda Visits Nürburgring

Last week, Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Germany to test-drive two Lexus LFAs at Nürburgring:

Akio Prays at Nürburgring

As we can see, one of the LFAs is black (likely this one), and the other is a duplicate of the yellow Nürburgring edition involved in the fatal crash that took the life of Toyota Chief test driver, Hiromu Naruse.

Writing about the trip on his blog, President Toyoda mentions visiting the accident site, where cherry trees have been planted in Naruse-san’s honor, and closes with this thought:

It is my best memorial, I’m glad I can now come to the Nürburgring in the current season.

Naruse, Please keep watching over us forever from the sky.

[Source: Morizo Blog (translated)]


  1. @WorldofLuxury: speedtv has a show call the battle of super car tha is air on thurday night and the lf-a is going to take on the r8.
  2. I really do hope Mr. Naruse's last project comes to fruition: FR Hot-hatch
  3. @chano17: :D but I don't have SpeedTV :`-(
  4. Saw the 45 second video clip at the end of last episode (ofcourse, in high-def. high-def and LFA go very well together). From what it looked like in the video clip, LFA was destroying the R8 V10 in every test humiliating it in a drag race (most likely a standing-start 1/2 mile race) by a whopping 8 - 10 car lengths at the finish line.
  5. @RollaXRS: :-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D share share share if possible
  6. @WorldofLuxury: Well, I will be taping it on my HD DVR for sure so that I can watch it over and over again. LOL I will probably have to figure out a way to download the episode from the HD DVR to my computer so that I can put it up for you guys. Hmmmm.....
  7. Some stats for results: Standing mile: LFA: 30.58 secs@167 mph (admitted to screwing up the launch big time. Neutral dropped). R8: 30.64@ 166.1 mph Top speed: LFA: 184.1 mph R8 V10: 185 mph 0 - 100 - 0 mph LFA: 1168 ft@ 14.4 secs (LFA smoked off the line 3 - 4 car lengths lead. Tanner claims he was using launch control system) R8 V10: 1167 ft @ 13.8 secs Road Course (1 mile) LFA: 44.8 secs R8 V10: 45.9 secs (Tanner screwed up the launch in LFA big time, but still won by about 9 - 10 car lengths behind the LFA at about 112 mph) Overall winner: Presenter gave the win to LFA/Tanner over the huge win in the Road course.
  8. @05RollaXRS: Awesome, man! Thanks a lot. I hope the LFA will be on the first season of Top Gear USA!