Legendary BMW engine wizard Paul Rosche has died at the age of 82, on Tuesday, November 15. The 82-years-old Rosche will be remembered for his genius in creating some of the greatest engines the motorsport industry has ever seen.
Born in Munich, Germany on April 1, 1934, Paul Rosche first joined BMW after his graduation from university in 1957, and from the start was deeply involved in the development of high-performance engines for racing.
The first big project Rosche worked on BMW was the camshaft of the BMW 507, where he showed his high level of skill and impeccable in calibrating camshafts.
Rosche quickly became a master in this task, earning the nickname “Nocken-Paul” (which also means Camshaft Paul). He later became a technical director of the company’s Motorsport Racing Program and helped design the M10 engine, which was used by the legendary BMW 1500.
Rosche was known for his engine works on a number of BMW's high-performance models, including the S14 for the E30 M3, the M12 for the 320i Turbo, the M31 found in the BMW 2002 Turbo, the Brabham BT52, the M88 in the M1, the McLaren F1, and the S70/2 found in the V12 LMR.
Rosche has worked for the Munich-based company from 1957-99, specializing in developing engines that led BMW to success in sportscar racing, touring cars and the Formula One. Rosche was central to the company's Formula One’s success with its turbocharged engine, powering Brabham's Nelson Piquet to the 1983 World Championship.
Rosche was assigned to BMW Motorsport GmbH in 9157 and headed the development of production and racing engines for the BMW M1. As we remember, the BMW M1 had one of the greatest engines in the company history, the hard-hitting M88 3.5 liter I6 engine. The same engine that would go on to power the E28 BMW M5, one of the most favorite BMW engines of all time, thanks in large part to Paul Rosche.
In touring cars, Rosche has helped and designed championship-winning engines throughout his time at BMW, starting with the 2-liter 9169 European Touring Car Championship winner to the first generation BMW M3, one of the company's most famous cars.
In addition, Rosche also the mastermind behind BMW's iconic Formula 2 2-liter 4-cylinder engine, which scored more than 150 race wins and has been a mainstay of Formula 2 for more than a decade.
His final project before retiring from the motorsport world was the iconic E41 for the Williams FW22 race car.
Throughout his motorsport career, racing car engines which were designed by him have achieved a total of 150 F1 World Championship titles, European F2 Championship titles, and two victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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