The BBS USA folks, known for their success in the highest categories of auto racing, have introduced a new product for the C6 Corvette: BBS Gold Line RS-GT Wheels.
According to a Detroit News story yesterday, by Larry Edsall, the BBS Gold wheels have to be good to justify their price — $900 each for the RS978 front wheels and $1,290 a piece for the RS979 rears.
The new ‘Vette wheels not only feature the characteristic BBS aesthetic design, but are two-piece and die-forged and were designed specifically to fit the Corvette — to provide room for the car’s large brake package. "The Corvette is the ideal showcase for BBS engineering expertise because of its amazing acceleration and grip," said Craig Donnelly, director of technical sales for the Braselton, Georgia based company.
Donnelly said the company had to create some new tooling to do the Corvette‘s wide rear wheel.
He added that the new wheels weigh less than cast wheels and are stiffer, designed to allow more air volume within the tire and therefore the tires to run cooler in high-load situations while also providing enhanced ride quality. Because of the expertise and high pressure equipment needed to "control the shape of the grain inside each spoke area," Donnelly added, BBS starts all of its die-forged wheels in a facility in Japan, where the company also does preliminary work on its Formula One and Indy car racing wheels.
Many people know BBS, but more than 70 percent of the company’s business involves supplying original equipment rims to more than two dozen automakers, including the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Jaguar and the high-performance AMG vehicles from Mercedes-Benz.
For information, visit the www.bbs-usa.com Web site.
[Detroit News ]