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Heinz Paschen Biography

By Andrew Hooper
January 27 2003

  Heinz Paschen
In 2002 Dr. Werner Laurenz was the head of BMW's Formula One engine department. But late in 2002 he left BMW and his position was filled by the 49 year old Heinz Paschen.

Paschen's career would see him study power and vehicle engineering at Ravensburg from 1976 to 1982. After completion of his studies he would work as a free-lance engineer before beginning to work with Toyota as the head of engine development for the US based CART championship. He was also a competitor in motorcycle racing.

Heinz would be involved in the design and development of the turbo-charged Toyota engine that would power current BMW WilliamsF1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, when he drove for the Ganassi Team in the CART championship.

He would join BMW in 2002 and started work in BMW's Formula One engine department, as the head of construction and calculation. Since commencing at BMW Heinz has involved in the design and development of the 2001 P80 BMW engine.

Heinz has also been involved in the design of the P83, the BMW engine for the 2003 Formula One season. In 2003 his role is now as the head of BMW engine development.

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