The stunning romance between global auto giant Toyota Motor Corp and Silicon Valley startup Tesla Motors began like a Hollywood tale – with 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.”