The initials BBS are based on the last names of the two founders and the city in which the company was founded (Baumgartner, Brand, Schiltach). In 1972, BBS pioneered the development of a three-piece racing wheel, a revolution in motorsport design.
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BBS Japan is now the official wheel supplier of Formula 1 teams, as announced at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon. Formula 1 and BBS Japan (owned by Maeda Kosen Company, Limited) have signed a four-year contract to supply teams with the new 18-inch wheels starting this 2022 season.
F1 cars have run 13-inch wheels rims for years, with the diameter of the tyre and rim combination measuring 26.4 inches (67cm). The fronts are 30.5cm wide and the rears are 40.5cm, with intermediates 5cm wider and full wets 10cm wider.
For 2022, each team competing in the championship will run with a standardized set of 18-inch rims, which have been supplied by BBS Motorsport. Because there is now just one wheel supplier, BBS has been able to work closely with Pirelli to develop the new low-profile tires that will be used this season.
Today, these are used by each team within motor racing's most famous competition, including many teams from other series. The leading forged wheels manufacturers are SMW Engineering (Russia), Washi Beam and TWS (Japan).
We have made some changes, but most of them won't be visible from the outside. Are the drivers involved in the design process of a steering wheel? Yes, in fact they're quite heavily involved in the design process because the wheels are custom-built to their individual needs.
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But there is a reason today's F1 steering wheels are rectangular. The steering column does not rotate more than three quarters of a turn and round-shaped wheels are therefore not necessary. There are slots on either side of the wheel where the driver can hold it and that is about it.
While the entire F1 car should weigh no less than 798kg, the heaviest part of a Formula 1 car is the engine which must weigh a minimum of 150kg, whereas the lightest part is the steering wheel which weighs 1.3kg.
A key aim for the larger 2022 18-inch tires is for the tires to maintain their grip for longer, so drivers can race hard (“push,” in racing jargon) rather than managing their tire wear, says Mario Isola, head of Pirelli's Formula 1 racing program.
At Indianapolis they suffered a spate of tyre failures and their teams had to withdrew as the FIA refused to make any concessions to allow their teams to race. Just the six Bridgestone-shod cars contested the 'race'. The FIA later announced it wished to end the tyre war and bring in an exclusive tyre supplier.
But why are FORMULA 1 tyres shiny? Due to the moulds used by Pirelli in the manufacturing process, tyres come out shiny. As Head of Motorsport Mario Isola explains, this shine only lasts while the car traverses the pit lane, and is quickly scrubbed off. “We are using new moulds that have chrome treatment.
One of the priorities for the 2022 Formula 1 regulations is to tidy up the airflow around the outside of the car to make it easier to follow one another, which has led to the introduction of wheel covers – or, as they would be called in the road car industry, “hubcaps”.
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