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MOMO STEERING WHEELS

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The origins

Momo was founded in 1964 by racing car driver Gianpiero Moretti. In that year, Moretti commissioned a local craftsman to produce a custom steering wheel for his own racing car.

This special steering wheel (the first Momo steering wheel in the Company’s history) had a superior and thicker grip compared to the normal racing steering wheels available at the time. Drivers from other teams quickly noticed Moretti’s new steering wheel and wanted the same for their cars, and so it started to gain fame within the racing community.

 

 

The new Momo steering wheel also caught the attention of the then Ferrari Formula One driver, John Surtees, who wanted to mount it on his single-seater car.

John Surtees’ Ferrari, equipped with the Momo racing steering wheel, won the Formula One world title in 1964. And so it was that Gianpiero Moretti converted his passion into a manufacturing reality, and Momo (for Moretti Monza) was born.


 

Gianpiero Moretti        Momo-Ferrari 308

Racing car driver Gianpiero Moretti     MOMO steering wheel in a Ferrari 308

 

 

The development

At the beginning, Momo's production was limited to the racing world, but in the 1970s, the Company started broadening its horizons by developing new product lines.

Momo thus started the production of light alloy wheels and steering wheels for road cars, both for the aftermarket sector and supplying original equipment auto manufacturers, starting with Ferrari.

 

 

Momo also continued its involvement in motor racing with great success:

in 1983 the Brabham team won the Formula One championship with their car equipped for the first time with Momo racing light alloy wheels and in 1998, Moretti won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the 6 Hours Watkins Glen driving the legendary Ferrari 333 SP. 

 

 

Mario Andretti, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, Michele Alboreto, Michael Schumacher and before them Niki Lauda, Jackie Stewart and Clay Regazzoni are only a sample of the best drivers in modern history who competed and won many races with a Momo steering wheel in their hands. Many classic cars such as the Ferrari Daytona, Dino, 308, Mondial, Testarossa and Porsche 911ST were supplied with Momo steering wheels.

 

 

Momo-Ferrari Daytona        MOMO collapsible hub 

MOMO steering wheel in a Ferrari Daytona Collapsible hub

 

Since the beginning of its history, Momo has always strived to be an authentic pathfinder in product innovation and marketing. For instance, Momo was the first Company to create and produce the collapsible hub for aftermarket steering wheels. 

  The Momo brand continues to be inspired by simple yet very strong values: product quality, superior craftmanship, maximum safety standards and the highest performance levels.    Design, advanced technology, quality and an exclusive image: these elements have always been the secrets of this successful Italian company, famous all over the world, Momo.