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F1 wheel rims to be supplied by Japan's BBS

Exclusive contracts clinched as top racing bodies standardize rules

 F1 races have become opportunities for companies to showcase top-of-the-line technology. (Photo courtesy of BBS Japan)

TOKYO -- A Japanese manufacturer will be the exclusive supplier of the new standard wheel rims being introduced in Formula One and NASCAR this season, Nikkei learned Monday.

BBS Japan, a wheel maker under the umbrella of the Maedakosen group, has signed four- and three-year contracts with the governing bodies of F1 and NASCAR, respectively. BBS was likely selected for its track record or supplying F1 teams.

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