A circles center - the basic point at which any wheel
development begins, from both technical and design point
of view. To do justice to the high standards BBS demands
of its wheels, a perfect synthesis must be achieved between
technology and design. The goal of weight optimization
and maximum strength must be met while being integrated
into specific design criteria. These parameters are evident
in a wide variety of BBS wheels. Form follows function.
Physics set the limits.
Each gram of weight develops extreme levels of force
at high speeds. Therefore, it is not surprising that
we do our utmost to eliminate as many individual grams
as possible in developing wheels for both motorsport
and normal road use. During every phase of their jobs,
our development engineers utilize complex computer
simulations used by leading automobile manufacturers.
Every gram we eliminate brings us that much closer
to our vision of the optimal wheel.
To translate an idea into reality, designers and engineers
must work hand in hand. Using an advanced 3D computer
model, our technicians develop casting and processing
tools. The test components made with these tools
are subjected to a lengthy and intensive cycle of
testing to determine how well they perform in terms
of vehicle dynamics. Only after lengthy testing and
evaluation is complete do these wheels get released
to the open road.
As far as we are concerned, government requirements are
simply insufficient. BBS wheels can withstand levels
of stress that exceed the required minimums by several
factors. Anything we test using complex simulation
programs must be proven in actual practice. Our wheels
must prove themselves on a continuous basis, both on
test benches and in long - term road tests. Our wheels
also demonstrate just how resistant to stress they
are in almost every racing series.
How does the environment affect BBS wheels? Slush and
road salt highly abrasive sand, rocks....
Realistic test setups are used in laboratory tests to
determine whether and how these factors affect the serviceable
life of the wheel. The results of these tests have shown
that BBS wheels continue to maintain their excellent
characteristics, even after many years of use.
The list of inspections performed during the manufacturing
process is long. Each production step is monitored
and documented, while the equipment used employs the
most advanced technology available. For example, X-ray
equipment is used to detect possible gas pockets known
as blowholes. The finest hairline cracks can be made
visible by means of UV crack testing, while computerized
material examination is used to test material composition.
These procedures ensure that only products of the highest
quality leave our factory. Our pledge to uphold this
standard is reflected in our certifications (such as
ISO 9001), all of which are required by the world's renowned