In 1992, BBS developed the first forged magnesium wheels in Formula 1 (for Ferrari). BBS took the forged magnesium technology to Indy Car Racing in 1994. We have also developed cast and flow-formed aluminum wheels for several factory racing programs including BMW, Ferrari and Ford.
BBS has been engineering true high performance wheels for more than 40 years. Over the past 40 years, BBS wheels have won over 250 series Championships, ranging from F1, Touring Cars, Prototypes, Silhouette, Open-wheel, World Rally Championships, Hillclimb and Motorcycles. We understand what it takes to engineer wheels and technologies that can not only compete, but can win Championships. Since BBS produces OE wheels for many manufacturers including companies like BMW, Ferrari and Porsche, we understand the true performance requirements along with the proper load rating, tolerances and durability specifications.
No other wheel manufacturer uses a wider range of materials, processes or construction methods and can services a wider range or customers from OE, OES, Motorsports and the aftermarket, than BBS. Our wide range of materials and technologies allows us to select the best material and production method to service our customers.
Since 1995, we have been consistently voted "Best Brand" by the "sport auto"
magazine in Germany, however this is just one of the many annual awards we receive. "Auto motor und sport" and "Motor Klassik" are two other of the many well-known magazines in Europe which we consistently finish high on the award list.
Unlike most other wheel manufacturers in the world, the first wheels produced by BBS were for racing only. BBS continued to engineer and develop racing wheels long before we were asked to produce wheels for road cars. The know-how and successes from our Motorsports program has always been the foundation of all BBS aftermarket products. Our best designs and technologies used for our aftermarket wheels are directly linked to our motorsports activities. "Technology through Motorsports" is much more than just tag line.
What is a "Performance" wheel?
Although many people confuse "light weight" with "performance", the key to a performance wheel is to have the proper "Stiffness-to-Weight Ratio". In the aftermarket, some customers will ask "What is the lightest wheel you have for my car?" and although the weight is important, it is not the only factor that you should be considering. Many aftermarket wheel companies will overlook "stiffness and durability" in the pursuit of a "light weight" wheel. Replacing an OE wheel with a (non-BBS) aftermarket wheel that is only considered "lighter" without respecting the required stiffness and durability, will not enhance the vehicles performance and may lead to buyer's remorse.
The balance of "Stiffness to weight" is very important. The OE wheels on modern performance vehicles are designed to meet the performance requirements of that vehicle. The stiffness and durability specifications from the OE manufacturers are very important factors so the finished product meets the intended performance capabilities of the vehicle.
BBS does not compromise on strength or durability. Regardless of whether we offer a cast wheel, a cast flow-formed wheel or a forged wheel for a given application, the strength and durability aspects are not compromised. BBS has produced many cast flow-formed wheels for OE customers like BMW, Ferrari and Porsche. This technology can produce a high performance product that is also a great value. The flow-forming of the rim area creates a rim structure similar to a forged wheel without the higher cost related to a forged product. In the aftermarket BBS produces a wide range of cast flow-formed wheels, the CI-R, CH, CH-R, CHRII, CX-R, SV and RX-R all offer a high level of performance and an excellent stiffness to weight ratio.
BBS can also offer forged wheels that will deliver on high performance and lower weight. The BBS specialty forged products like the FI-R, RID and FI wheels deliver performance at the highest levels. Naturally BBS offers a full range of racing wheels through our Motorsports department if you need dedicated track products.
BBS started making high performance products back in 1970 and that is still the heart of the brand today.