18 Facts About BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik


BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik AG is a high-performance automobile wheel design company headquartered in Schiltach, Germany.

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BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik AG began in 1970 in Schiltach, Germany, by Heinrich Baumgartner and Klaus Brand as a manufacturing plant for plastic auto body parts.

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The initials BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik are based on the last names of the two founders and the city in which the company was founded .

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In May 1987, BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik had its initial public offering, and continues to be traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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In 2007, BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik went bankrupt and was taken over by the Belgian firm Punch International.

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BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik has a long history in the world of motorsport, having produced wheels for Formula One, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, IndyCar, DTM, NASCAR, and other racing series from as early as 1972.

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BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik pioneered technologies in the production of racing wheels and making wheels lighter and stronger for race usage.

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In 1972, BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik pioneered the development of a three-piece racing wheel, a revolution in motorsport design.

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In 1975, BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik developed the popular cross-spoke design, and developed the counter pressure process.

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BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik entered into a technical cooperation agreement in 1990 with ASA, a Korean company that was starting wheel production.

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In 1993, BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik merged the gap between their three-piece forged wheel and one-piece cast wheel with the two-piece design found in the RSII.

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In 1995, BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik developed the first one-piece flow-formed cast wheel, with the use of FEM analysis.

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In modern times, BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik engineered the Air Inside Technology in 2002, where hollow chambers are created within the wheel structure to compensate for the small air volume in modern ultra-low-profile tires, reduce unsprung weight, improve handling dynamics, and increase fuel efficiency without sacrificing strength and rigidity.

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BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik continues to produce one-, two-, and three-piece forged wheels out of aluminum and magnesium alloys, as well as high performance flow-formed wheels and low-pressure cast wheels.

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BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik actively uses specialized quality and weight optimization methods, such as CNC back-milled spokes, x-ray inspection, flow-forming, and heat treatment.

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Since BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik is a customer of Washibeam, manufacture of the wheel will not be discontinued if BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik goes bankrupt.

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BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik has and continues to supply OEM wheel applications to a number of automobile brands.

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One of the most popular BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik produced wheels was the three-piece RS released in 1977, which became a popular aftermarket wheel and was often Replicated by other manufacturers.

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