Martin Braungart

Jochen Neerpasch - Martin Braungart - Herbert Staudenmaier

D.O.B. 30.06.1941 in Ludwigsburg, deceased 19.11.2007

Study College Stuttgart (today University of Stuttgart)

Final examination academically qualified engineer in 1968 (mechanical engineering, automobile technology line)

Motor racing activities

Rallies and race track racing during the study with father’s car (NSU, DKW, Volvo, BMW) at events in Baden-Württemberg and Germany.

1963 + 1964 Member of the Mercedes Works Rally Team as co-pilot of Dieter Glemser. Participation at Rally European Championship and Gran Premio Argentina (road racing) with Mercedes 220 SE, 300 SE and 250 SL.

Career

1968 Mercedes: Mercedes : R+D engineer for test drives.
1968 – 1972 Ford: Technical Manager of the Ford Motorsport Department in Koeln. Responsible for development, production and entries of rally and racing cars (Escort, 20M, Capri)
1972 – 1979 BMW: Technical Manager BMW Motorsport GmbH
1973 – 1976 Responsible for development, production and entries of the racing cars at the European Touring Car Championship and the IMSA-Series 1975 in USA. Basic car BMW 3.0 CSL with combustion and turbo engine.
1977 – 1979 As project manager BMW M1 responsible for the all over development of the street version, planned as basic vehicle for future race entries. Co-ordination of the R+D departments of BMW Motorsport GmbH, BMW AG (engine and electric), Lamborghini and Ital Design. Carrying out of tests (especially test drives) at BMW Motorsport GmbH in co-operation with R+D departments of BMW AG, Lamborghini and various suppliers. Wind channel tests to optimize aerodynamics as well as enduring tests to prove reliability were important parts of the total program, which was not at all natural for competitors at these times. Preparation and co-ordination of the series production with the main suppliers BMW AG (engine), Ital Design (body), Baur (final assembly) as well as various sub-suppliers were main tasks before and at the beginning of the series production
1979 – 2007 to date BBS Executive Partner of the GmbH+CoKG.
Since 1987 Board Member Technic of BBS AG.
Since 1997 Managing Director of BBS Motorsport and Engineering GmbH.

Contemporary witnesses in portrait