BBS Company History

No other wheel maker can rely on the same level of motorsport experience
and know-how. BBS has won numerous prestigous races, championships and awards. Over the years BBS wheels brought home IndyCar, Nascar, Formula 1 and DTM titles. For over a decade BBS is a trusted OEM partner of car manufactures like Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Porsche and many others.

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Heinrich Baumgartner and Klaus Brand founded a small production plant in Schiltach manufacturing plastic chassis parts. The initials of the two founders and the location of the plant resulted in the company name BBS.

The company started to manufacture a new type of three-piece racing wheels. After just a few years, the new technology led to great success in motorsports.

BBS took its success of its three-piece racing wheels and perfected it for series production for use on normal roads. The BBS RS wheel was born. This wheel flew off the shelves to become a complete hit. In the same year, BBS also founded the subsidiaries BBS of America and BBS Japan Ltd.

The previous GmbH & Co. KG started trading as BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik AG and went public. The shares were listed in Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

In its 20th year, BBS surpassed 100 million dollars in turnover and was now one of the most important suppliers of manufactures such as Audi, BMW and VW as well as of numerous successful racing teams worldwide. ASA decides to build a state-of-the-art alloy wheel manufacturing facility. ASA came to BBS in Germany to tap their technical knowledge in facility design, manufacturing and quality control for producing high quality alloy wheels. This cooperative agreement gives ASA valuable access to technical and product information.

This year was the most successful motorsport year in the company's history up to date: Formula One, the IndyCar Series, the DTM and ADAC world championships were all won on BBS wheels.

The company celebrated its 25-year anniversary. To mark the occasion, BBS set new standards for light alloy wheels with its new RSII wheel. The wheel combined proved quality and trend-setting innovation.
Michael Schumacher won the second Formula One championship on BBS wheels with Benetton Renault.

BBS again became the largest supplier of the IndyCar Series as well as to Formula One for the first time with five teams and ten vehicles all racing on BBS wheels.

BBS acquired further important customers in the automobile industry including DaimlerChrysler, Porsche, Ferrari and Jaguar. And an additional manufacturing plant was founded in Herbolzheim near Freiburg.

A new 7,000 sqm storage and logistics centre was opened in March at the manufacturing plant in Herbolzheim Germany.
BBS won the Formula One championship with Ferrari and Michael Schumacher and became GP 500 world champion with Suzuki and Kenny Roberts.
BBS achieved a significant growth in turnover and profit and celebrated record growth.

BBS supplied six Formula One teams with a total of twelve vehicles. During the month of August, a 8,000 sqm new paint finish centre was opened at Herbolzheim.
BBS won the Formula One championship for the second time with Ferrari and Michael Schumacher as well as becoming GP 125 world champion with Gilera and Manuel Poggiali.

The new paint finish centre in Herbolzheim was named as the most environmentally friendly in Germany by the Federal Environment Minister.
BBS won the Podio Award for its development of innovative solutions for Ferrari, the Ferrari Formula One team and Maserati GT vehicles and was also recognised as a supplier of outstanding quality.

This year saw the introduction of another new breakthrough technology: Air Inside Technology. The hollow chamber technology not only results in weight reductions but also in improved stability. Michael Schumacher became Formula One champion for the seventh time on BBS wheels.

BBS completed its third expansion phase at its plant in Herbolzheim. For the first time in the company's history, vehicles fitted with BBS wheels took part in the Dakar Rally. The X-Raid Team under the leadership of Quandt underwent the hardest of tests in a BMW X3 fitted with BBS wheels.


During this year, racing teams worldwide won 26 titles on BBS wheels.
BBS won a total of six national and international awards: Best Brand by "auto motor und sport", Best Quality by "sport auto", the Automechanika Innovation Award, the SEMA Motorshow Innovation Award, Best wheel of the year by "Auto-Bild Sportscars" and Best Brand by "Motorsport aktuell".


Schiltach, 6th August: a new chapter in BBS history was written. The Belgium company Punch International NV took over BBS International GmbH. The group, headquartered in Sint Martens Latem, is a diversified industrial holding company that employs more than 3,000 people worldwide.
BBS continues to develop and manufacture light alloy wheels for motorsport and general use at its two plants in Germany ensuring that the wheels from the Black Forest remain synonymous with high quality and innovation "made in Germany".


BBS won the "Best Brand" award from the readers of "auto motor und sport" for the third time in a row.