The stunning romance between global auto giant Toyota Motor Corp and Silicon Valley startup Tesla Motors began like a Hollywood tale Рwith a date in a fast car.

“I received a call that Mr. Toyoda was interested in meeting with me the next time he was in California, and I said that sounded great,” Elon Musk,¬†chief executive of Tesla said.

The two men hit it off when they met in Musk’s home in Southern California about six weeks ago and went for a drive in the pricey electric Roadster sport car.

“We just drove around Los Angeles, mostly around Westwood initially,” Musk said. “We were mostly talking about random things.”

Toyoda, a car enthusiast and active amateur racer, took the wheel and put the sports car “through its paces,” Musk said. “He was not shy.”