History of BMW
The history of the BMW begins in Germany. It spans almost a hundred years. It has impacted the process and standards of car manufacturing. In 1913, a German engineer Karl Friedrich Rapp who had been the early director of a successful aircraft company, started his own business to make aircraft engines. He named the Rapp Motoren Werke and set up shop in Munich Germany. He did this because the biggest buyer of his engines was nearby. The company did very well and was contracted to build a large sum of V12 airplane engines to fill a very high demand. Rapp needed a financial backer to do this and in 1916 he renamed the Bayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works). After a financial problem with the company Rapp left. When Rapp left the company Franz Josef Popp took over. He set up BMW as we know it today. BMW made many aircraft engines during WWI. After the war was lost, the Versailles Treaty prohibited German companies from producing aircraft and aircraft engines. BMW had to find a new way to stay in business and get income. Again and again BMW had discussed getting into the car business but it was never really necessary until now.