May 8, 2014
Nissan’s Nürburgring Meister: Hiroyoshi Kato
Yokohama – May 8 – Hiroyoshi Kato, Technical Meister at Nissan, is a veteran test driver with over 5,000 laps at the famed Nürburgring in the last 25 years, and says it never gets boring.
He first tested at Nordschleife in 1988, and has driven every GT-R iteration over that period, starting with the R32 Skyline launched in 1989.
Kato still tests every Nissan vehicle, from the Nissan LEAF to the Nissan 370Z to the GT-R NISMO, but his experience in vehicle evaluation at the “Green Hell” has been a defining element of his 37-year career.
The man from rural Akita prefecture graduated in 1976 from Nissan Higher Technical School, and went on to a career behind the wheel and in car testing that would result in Nissan and Japanese government commendations.
Last year, along with the racing drivers Michael Krumm, Sébastien Buemi, Armin Hahne and Testuya Tanaka, he was a part of development team for the NISSAN GT-R NISMO, which recorded a time of 7:08.679 – the fastest lap ever for a volume production car, on September 30, 2013.
The interview with the Media Center’s Shotaro Ogawa was recorded in July last year.