The former director of sports at Continental, from 1972 to 1995, headed the organisation which was founded as Formula Vee Association Europe in 1966 and moved to Hannover seven years later, where it was renamed Volkswagen Motorsport in 1981. Klaus-Peter Rosorius has died at the age of 78.
“Volkswagen Motorsport owes a great deal to Klaus-Peter Rosorius,” says Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. “He shaped motorsport at Volkswagen in a decisive way for over two decades. Many great racing drivers began their successful careers under his leadership with Volkswagen. In addition, for decades he laid the foundations for Volkswagen customer teams in countless racing series. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”
Rosorius, who was raised in Hannover, moved from the tyre manufacturer Continental to run the Formula Vee Association Europe, where his job was to supervise the junior racing series of the same name. In his youth, Rosorius himself competed in races with touring cars. Later, he founded successful one-make cups such as the ‘VW Junior Cup’ with the Scirocco and had the spectacular twin-engined Golf designed for the hill-climb at Pikes Peak.
After the Formula Vee era, Volkswagen Motorsport, under Klaus-Peter Rosorius’ leadership, also developed into a leading engine partner for Formula 3: the several titles in championships around the world are just as special as the first ever victory at the Macau Grand Prix – a success story that has stood the test of time until this day. Furthermore, during his tenure at Volkswagen Motorsport came the 1986 World Rally Championship title in Group A with the Golf GTI, as well as the victory in the 1991 German Rally Championship with the Golf Rallye G60.
Klaus-Peter Rosorius enjoyed a quiet family life after retiring early in 1995.