Karl-Heinz Kalbfell, the former head of BMW M, Rolls-Royce, and Maserati, was killed in a freak motorcycle accident this weekend at Brands Hatch when he was struck by another competitor.

Kalbfell was practicing when he lost control of his motorcycle around Druids Corner and was hit by another rider close behind. He died from his injuries.


Kalbfell is credited with BMW M's amazing run in the 1990s, with the manufacturer's engines appearing in cars like the McLaren F1 and Morgans. He also led BMW's development of Rolls-Royce, which means this is the man that gave us the Phantom.

After BMW he worked with Fiat and Maserati before moving on to consult with brands like Lotus and Artega. Kalbfell was 63.