“Paul Rosche will like it.” Fifteen years after his retirement, someone who has that said to them within the engine department of the BMW Group means that what they have created is good. No, not good, great. Paul Rosche is a thought of with reverence, and the legendary engine maker has turned 80 years of age.
I will be honest – before today I had not known anything about Paul Rosche – I had not got into Formula 1 until 1988, and BMW had left the sport by then. But today has opened my eyes, and I have to admit Rosche was something special.
Rosche is thought of as the ‘father’ of the BMW turbo engine that powered the Brabham driver Nelson Piquet to the 1983 Formula One...
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