is a motor racing
and auto tuning company based in Kempten im Allgäu
. Abt mainly deals with Audi
, and the related primary Volkswagen Group
brands - Volkswagen
, and SEAT
Johann Abt (born December 1935), who continued a horseshoeing tradition of his family with motor cars, was a motorcycling and hillclimbing
racer for Abarth
factory team until 1970. He later entered cars with his own team, winning the "Trophée de l’Avenir“ and other series.
Since the death of their father Johann in 2003, the company with 100 employees has been run by the brothers Hans-Jürgen Abt (born 1962, Managing Director) and Christian Abt
who is also a race car driver.
After Christian Abt won the German STW Supertouring
championship title in 1999 with an Audi A4
, a quick decision was made to join the new Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
. The new Abt-Audi TT
-R initially showed their lack of development time, but in 2002 the team celebrated the biggest success in the company’s history with Laurent Aïello
’s title in the DTM.
In the 2003 DTM season, Abt Sportsline gave their 19-year-old apprentice Peter Terting
the opportunity to drive one of their cars, after the rookie
had won the ADAC VW Lupo
Cup series title in 2002. The young man could not really cope with the pressure in the professional competitions, though, but the move by Abt is remarkable anyway.
Abt has taken much of their racing knowledge and adapted it for the street, making... Read More