A Global Company with 121 Years of Experience
ABT Sportsline is the global market leader when it comes to enhancing cars produced by the Volkswagen Group, sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. The way the company is developing, with all its engineering skills and feel for a sporty and dynamic design, could not be foreseen in 1896. Nor could the later motorsport successes in the "Super-Tourenwagen-Cup" or the GT Masters. Five driver championships and three team championships in the DTM the company now has under its belt. And dont forget all the Formula E wins.
Blacksmith Johann Abt certainly wouldnt have dreamed of it, but he was the one who laid the foundation stone for all this- and with an innovation at that: his clever device turned coaches into sleighs. This saved time and provided mobility in harsh winter conditions.
Johann Abt ran the blacksmiths shop in conjunction with his garage, although at first he was sceptical about this new contraption called automobile. But then he noticed what potential this invention actually had. About 1920, he started to work with Horch and Audi, founded by August Horch - a partnership that continues. After all, their merger with DKW in 1932 gave rise to Auto Union, which then became Audi, the premium brand.
After WWII, the Kempten company also serviced other cars - anything, really, that could be made working again. The person at the helm, incidentally, was a woman, Rosina Abt, who stood in for her sons, one of whom came home from the war late, the other not at all. This strong woman saw to it that "Auto ABT" got through these harsh times.
In the 50s, the founders grandchild came along: Johann Abt II grew into the company and was a racer when still only a teenager. He drove virtually anything that had 2 or 4 wheels and was a successful DKW factory driver. Later he met Carlo Abarth from Vienna. There are plenty of amusing anecdotes about their encounters. Johann Abt then drove for Abarth and in 1964 founded the ABT tuning department. Its motto is still valid: "from the race track onto the road".
In the 70s, tuning became hugely popular - and ABT was part of it. This new era began with the VW Golf and Scirocco, Audi 80 and 100. These are still around today, although the Scirocco was discontinued and the Audi 80 has long since been called A4. The range of models grew, as did customers technical standards. So in 1990, Auto ABT became ABT Sportsline, the high-tech company.
Here, cars are not only tuned but enhanced. After all, the VW or Audi basis is excellent to begin with. In Kemptens Johann-Abt-Straße, ABT develops its own control units including software, all exactly geared to the engine in question and in line with all elements. For upscale products, e.g. the limited "road racer" ABT R8 GTR, components are consistently weight-reduced and optimised. The result is a roadworthy motorsports car of the first water.
But ABT Sportsline has also long since dealt with alternative drives, for both racers and ordinary cars. It is currently successful in the FIA Formula E and in cooperation with innovative regional partners builds the eCaddy, eT5 or the compact Jeflyer. All vans are characterised by a very sustainable high-performance battery and drive concept.
After all, such cars are to be a real alternative in mountainous Bavaria, especially for road hauliers, and are tried-and-tested already. ABT Sportslines history is an interesting history of men and machines, mobility and motorsports.
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ABT has been around since 1896, originally starting as a blacksmith’s shop. Back then, they weren’t involved in the automotive market, but in 1967 ABT Tuning was founded. Grandson to the original founder, Johann Abt, tuned the first Volkswagen Golf in 1978 and launched the first chip tuning product shortly after, in 1980. By 1991, the ABT had grown massively in the Audi and Volkswagen tuning market, and in 1991 their company headquarters were established.
In today’s market, ABT Sportsline is known as one of the biggest tuning and aftermarket companies in the Audi and Volkswagen market. Their products range from intercoolers, exhaust systems, aero packages, wheels, suspension, and more. As ABT continues to grow, they are expanding into different markets including Formula E.
The Audi and Volkswagen aftermarket is filled with a handful of great tuning companies, so you might be wondering “why should I choose ABT Sportsline?” A lot of parts looks similar on the outside and identifying a high-quality product from a low-quality product can be difficult. There are a few reasons to put ABT parts on your Audi or Volkswagen, and they all revolve around ABT’s build quality, performance, and engineering.
Build Quality - Build quality is of the utmost importance to ABT Sportsline. After all, no one likes having aftermarket parts fail or compromise reliability. While many companies claim to have high-quality products, ABT takes it a step further by offering a 4 years/100k mile warranty on their products. With precise engineering and use of high-quality materials, ABT Sportsline produces OEM-like quality products. They are the only tuning company who works closely with Volkswagen Auto Group. All their products are tested extensively at their development centers and on public roads.
Performance - With a rich history in motorsports, ABT offers performance few aftermarket companies can rival. They design all their products to not only performan well on the street but also perform well on the track. Their performance parts such as intercoolers, exhaust systems, suspension, and tuning, are all developed and tested extensively in-house, ensuring the best performance possible. With multiple DTM championships and a very successful Formula E team, ABT knows a thing or two about building performance parts!
Design and Engineering - Sophisticated designs and talented engineering teams, plus the ability to work closely with Volkswagen Auto Group allows ABT to design and develop some of the best parts and aero packages in the Audi/Volkswagen market. All engine upgrades and tuning are designed for each specific application. ABT puts safety measures in place to ensure your engine won’t be damaged in all sorts of conditions.
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