The company "Rapp Motorenwerke GmbH" was formed by Karl Rapp in 1913, and renamed to BMW (= Bayrische Motoren Werke ~ Bavarian motor works)
in 1917. Until WWII BMW was also building engines for airplanes, and 1923 started the production of motorbikes. Today BMW is a premium
manufacture, well known for its high quality, sportive cars.