Karl-Heinz Kalbfell dies after bike practice accident

Article by Anita Panait, on August 21, 2013

Karl-Heinz Kalbfell, a former executive at German carmaker BMW and Italian group Fiat, died August 17, 2013 following a motorcycle accident in the United Kingdom. Kalbfell spent 27 years working for BMW -- from 1977 until 2004 – and held a number of posts that included being chief of BMW Motorsport. He also had a major role in BMW's revival of the Mini brand from 2002 to 2004.

Kalbfell joined Fiat Group in 2005, serving as chief operating officer at Alfa Romeo. He was then named as chief executive at Maserati the same year. He left Fiat in late 2006 and started his own business, Karl-Heinz Kalbfell Consultancy and Project Management.

Kalbfell had served since 2007 as a consultant to Lotus, Magna Europe and GAZ. BMW said in a statement that it "mourns an amazing person and a passionate racer.” The German carmaker described Kalbfell as “a formative figure and a driving force” behind BMW Motorsport and BMW M.

According to a release from Brands Hatch, during practice for the British Motorcycle Racing Club's Lansdowne Classic Series at a racing circuit in Kent, Kalbfell ran wide while exiting Druids corner. He then lost control onto Graham Hill and fell from his bike. He was then struck by another rider.

According to the release, Kalbfell was then taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he died. Jonathan Palmer, chief executive of the Brands Hatch owner MotorSport Vision, said in a statement that Kalbfell’s “passion for machinery and sport was demonstrated by his love for classic motor cycle racing and it is particularly cruel that he should lose his life enjoying his hobby."

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Before the W177 goes on sale in 2018, Mercedes-Benz had to go back to the drawing board to check on the A Class’ interior. This is because the new model...
by - November 24, 2017
If you see the Aston Martin’s 2018 Vantage, you would think that it is significantly different from most of Aston’s GT lineup. For instance, if the DB11 is a fine...
by - November 24, 2017
Even as Chevrolet is making a huge splash in the industry with the recent launch of the new Corvette ZR1, there may be trouble brewing. Chevrolet has announced huge discounts...
by - November 24, 2017
The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD has arrived this week at the snowy mountains in Colorado for its winter long debut. GMC’s tracked Sierra Mountain Concept will be on display at...
by - November 24, 2017
We’re willing to bet that the Bentley Bentayga is not the first thing that comes to mind for most people who are into off-roading and outdoor activities. It just doesn’t...
by - November 23, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries