Alpina’s Long-Enduring Successes
Alpina found its roots around 1962, when the Weber dual carburetor was developed for the newest BMW 1500, but wouldn’t be officially recognized until a few years after that in 1965 when Burkard Bovensiepen founded it in southern Germany. However, Alpina was not always in the business of automobiles. Burkard’s father, Dr. Rudolf Bovensiepen, was the one originally responsible for coining the name “Alpina” who first began producing machinery such as typewriters and other textile mechanisms.
What gave Alpina its automobile start was when Burkard, in 1965, established a BMW tuning company, which specialized predominantly in carburetors and cylinder heads of the revised variety. By 1970, the company had reached approximately 70 workers and had relocated to Buchloe.
In 1990, the company expanded again to 120 employees, which necessitated the development of a new and extensive building for both admin reasons and production needs.
Alpina has come a long way, from the side of the company that first embarked on a racing and motorsport back in 1968, to it’s retirement from racing 20 years later, in 1988, due to capacity constraints and the decision to release a new set of BMW Alpina models. It saw its current trademarked logo a year before beginning its racing debut, in 1967. Around 1970, Alpina’s acme highpoint was winning the European Touring Car Championship.
The company has seen many successes and triumphs, and with every new release, from the SUPERCAT in 1995, to the Roadster in 2002, all the way to the ever-popular and highly-praised 2007 BMW Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo, Alpina has only seen more and more reasons to celebrate its own continued greatness. Even in today’s competitive market, Alpina’s D3 Bi-Turbo was debuted in Frankfurt, in 2013, and because the world’s fastest production diesel across the world.
There is no substitute for high-quality craft, innovation and advancement of technologies. Alpina demonstrates year after year that it will continue to impress us with its progress.