Located in the classical Bavarian town of Kempten, Germany, ABT Sportsline is a company that celebrates speed, tradition, and family. Johann Abt, a long time hillclimb racer for Abarth, founded ABT Sportsline GmbH in 1991. ABT soon grew to become a one of the most successful German motorsports teams, winning championships in Super Touring Car Cup (1999), DTM (2002, 2004, 2007,2008, and 2009), and the ADAC GT Masters (2009 and 2010). In 2011 ABT’s CEO position was passed down to Johann’s son Hans-Jürgen. The company has only about 170 employees, however, since 2004 ABT has become one of the official factory race teams for Audi.
ABT Sportsline is renowned for their tuning and customizations of Audi vehicles. With many performance parts and upgrades available, ABT looks to upgrade nearly every Audi model available, for example- A3, A5, Q5, TT, and R8- just to name a few. Some of these new upgrades include: power increase, exhaust, wheels, aerodynamic kits, and interior features. With more striking features and greater performance than a standard Audi, ABT gives Audi customers the ability to have the finest and most customizable Audi money can buy.
In addition to ABT’s road going Sportsline models, they also currently have successful motorsport teams in DTM and Formula E. In the first ever season of Formula E, ABT’s Lucas Di Grassi finished third in the driver’s standings and helped secure third for the constructor’s championship as well. Alongside Di Grassi is Daniel Abt, the son of Hans-Jürgen Abt. He finished 11th in the driver’s standings and was excited to race for his family’s team. Carrying on his family’s racing tradition, Daniel Abt has also raced in other prestigious series such as GP2, GP3, and European Formula 3. ABT’s strong performance in the inaugural season of Formula E shows their pursuit of excellence and the high quality work that is expected from their company.
The DTM team has always been one of the most dominant teams in the sport. With five championships, ABT knows how to create a successful car in the DTM series. So far in the 2015 season ABT has the top two positions in the driver’s standings with Mattias Ekström and Edoardo Mortara behind the wheel of their RS5 racecar. In the team standings Audi Sport Team ABT Sportsline is sitting in second place and look to take advantage of their opportunity to win the DTM title with half of the season still to go.
For the past 24 years ABT Sportsline has been a leader in the automotive tuning industry as well as on the racetrack in several prestigious series around the world. Delivering high quality parts that increase power as well as aerodynamics and aesthetics, ABT provides customers with the ultimate Audi.
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