Italian race car driver Gianpiero Moretti founded MOMO in 1964 after he commissioned a local craftsman to produce a custom steering wheel for his own race car. This special steering wheel – the first MOMO steering wheel in the company’s history – had a superior grip compared to traditional race steering wheels of the time. Drivers from other teams quickly noticed Moretti’s new steering wheel and wanted the same for their cars, and the Moretti steering wheel quickly gained fame in the racing community. The steering wheel also caught the attention of Ferrari Formula One driver John Surtees, who wanted to mount it on his single-seater car. John Surtees’ Ferrari, equipped with Moretti’s race steering wheel, won the Formula One world title in 1964. Gianpiero Moretti turned his passion into a manufacturing reality, and MOMO (short for Moretti Monza) was born.
MOMO’s production was initially limited to the racing world, but the 1970s saw the company expand into different product lines like wheels and steering wheels for road cars. This led to MOMO supplying OEM products to Ferrari. By the end of the 1980s, MOMO signed a cooperation agreement with Rolls-Royce to be their original equipment supplier. Shortly after, other OEMs followed suit – Aston Martin, Citröen, Daihatsu, Fiat, Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Renault, Saab, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
In 1983, the Brabham team won the Formula One Championship with their car equipped with MOMO racing light alloy wheels. In 1998, Moretti won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 6 Hours Watkins Glen behind the wheel of 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 won races with a MOMO steering wheel in their hands.
In 2008, MOMO Motorsport was acquired by three Cisneros brothers, Andres, Henrique, and Eduardo, who have a deep understanding of the brand and a passion for racing. Under this new leadership, MOMO has not only preserved its rich heritage but also maintained a strong connection with a diverse community of automotive enthusiasts. MOMO stays involved in grassroots motorsports and drifting, as well as supports those who have a passion for heritage European vehicles, classic American cars, and both professional and amateur racing. The company sells a wide range of products for the automotive aftermarket and motorsports industry in over sixty countries through dealers and direct-to-consumer under the MOMO Motorsport and Reds brands.
MOMO is still headquartered in Milan, Italy, and its North American operations are based in Kansas City, MO.
Ferrari Formula One driver John Surtees won the 1964 world title with Moretti's steering wheel.
Mission & Values
We bring to the market the finest Italian style, a long tradition of quality, our proven racing success and technological innovation that is respectful of the environment.
The company continues to develop innovative racing products by combining advanced technology with quality & superior design.