Rosche, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82, worked with BMW for over 40 years. Known as "Nocken-Paul", or Camshaft Paul for his racing camshaft know-how, there are real BMW and BMW Motorsport milestones in Rosche's history – like the European Touring Car championship-winning 2002 Turbo of 1969, the late 1970s M1 program, the S14 four-cylinder engine in the E30 M3 unveiled 30 years ago, the Le Mans-winning six-liter V12 of the 1990s, and the two-liter Formula 2 unit that secured BMW more than 150 race wins and six championships.
As BMW left Formula One racing in 1987, Rosche's position at the company was BMW M GmbH's Technical Managing Director until 1996. During his last years at the company, BMW re-entered Formula One with Williams in 1998. Rosche retired the following year from the position of BMW Motorsport Limited's Managing Director.