Legendary BMW engineer Paul Rosche passes away
The motoring world is in mourning, after one of the most important and brilliant engineers, Paul Rosche, who worked for BMW between 1957 and 1999, died at the age of 82, in his home town of Munich on last week.
“Paul Rosche not only represented and characterised the company and the BMW brand with his passion, his vision and his immense technical expertise over many decades in action on the racetrack. The loss of Paul Rosche is a loss of an outstanding personality for BMW Motorsport and BMW M,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
Camshaft calculations on sports engines were Paul Rosche’s area of choice, accounting for how he gained the nickname ‘Nocken-Paule’. He joined the German company after completing his degree in 1957, and subsequently spent 42 years there, leading them into Formula One on two occasions.
Prior to his stint with BMW Motorsport GmbH in 1975, where he headed up design of BMW M1 production and racing engines, Rosche worked under Alexander von Falkenhausen in the research and development department. In 1969, he created the 2-Litre turbo engine with which BMW won the European Touring Car Championship.
Following his move to BMW Motorsport GmbH, where he took the post of Technical Managing Director, along with Dieter Stappert, Rosche helped lay the foundations for the company’s debut in Formula One, heading up the engine project.
After the team pulled out of F1 in 1987, Rosche continued in his post as Technical Managing Director of BMW MGmbH until 1996. Subsequently, as Technical Director and Managing Director of BMW Motorsport Limited, he led BMW into Formula One as an engine manufacturer for a second time. In 1999, Rosche entered retirement.