Remembering Rosche

Remembering Rosche

November 26, 2016

Paul Rosche, famous as the man behind some of the greatest BMW racing engines, died at the age of 82 just over a week ago. He first appeared on the F1 scene when, in the early Eighties, BMW supplied the engines for the Brabham team then owned by Bernie Ecclestone.

The 1.5 litre turbo engine, reckoned to be one of the powerful F1 engines of all time, powered Nelson Piquet and his Brabham to the 1983 World Championship title. Rosche was a truly pioneering engineer, working not just in Formula 1 but on BMW's other motor sport and road car programmes.

Those who worked with him, talk of the Munich born Rosche as an inspirational engineer, while the drivers who used his engines were certainly impressed with their performance!

To honour the memory of a true racing legend, an assortment of those who had known him in his racing days gathered together for a photo here in the Abu Dhabi paddock. From left to right: Michael Schmidt (F1 journalist), Gerhard Berger, Alan Woollard, Charlie Whiting, Helmut Marko, Herbie Blash, Roger Benoit (veteran F1 journalist), Bernie Ecclestone, Burkhard Hummel, Christian Danner and Franz Tost.