2nd Lexus LFA Test Drive Event
We staged the 2nd Lexus LFA Test Drive Event under cloudy skies on June 8, 2013 (Saturday). This year, we invited approximately 150 students, 50 more than last year, with the intention of giving more children the opportunity to experience the wonder of Japanese manufacturing.
Again, Toyota Motor Corporation lent 4 LFA cars, a bare LFA chassis with exterior plating removed, and 11 staff members including professional drivers and LFA development and sales personnel. Also, Akebono Brake Industry Co. Ltd once again let us use its test course (Ai-Ring) and braking technology education patrol vehicle, allowing the participants to experience ABS (antilock braking system) and view a vehicle equipped with Akebono Brake Industry’s products.
Through coming into contact with a super sports car that is rarely encountered, experiencing ABS, and learning about braking technology using the patrol vehicle, the children, who will obtain their own drivers licenses in future, had an opportunity to learn about car safety. Mr. Toshio Shimizu, a member of Fukushima Prefectural Assembly, made an appearance to express thanks to Toyota Motor Corporation and Akebono Brake Industry for providing this opportunity to give dreams and hopes to the children, and he also gave words of encouragement to the children.
This year, a talk show was held with participation from Mr. Akira Iida, who is the development driver for the Nürburgring-specification LFA and a racing driver who guided the LFA to becoming the class champion in the 2010 Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race in Germany, and Mr. Haruhiko Tomohashi, who is the inventor of the LFA. Ms. Yumi Yoshida, who is a car life essayist, cooperated in moderating the talk show.
The talk show was followed by an amazing driving performance by Mr. Iida. The children were unable to contain their wonder and excitement at his soft drift driving touch that made it seem as though the LFA were dancing.
The children who took part in the event expressed their impressions through comments such as, “I want to make soulful things”, “I want to become the kind of person who can overcome hardships without setting limitations on myself” and “I want to work hard so that I can contribute to Fukushima”. We feel that the event helped the children feel sufficient courage and hope to boldly face up to and hold onto their dreams in even the most challenging situations. Above all, we hope that some of these children will become human resources who can carry Fukushima in the future. We will continue to provide opportunities for imparting dreams, courage and hope to children from now on.