"Motorsport is our great passion and has had enormous value in our company for decades," says the CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt. "With this unique complex of buildings we've created perfect prerequisites for the challenges we tackle day in day out. Our team feels comfortable, has optimum working conditions and plenty of room for new ideas."
The DTM in its particular form is unique. It is the only racing series in the wolrd that is exclusively dedicated to factory-baked teams. Audi, BMW abd Mercedes-Benz are fielding a total of 18 cars - each car represents state-of-the-art technology and, as a result, is theoretically in contention for winning.
Daniel Abt is a passionate racer. At the age of only 25 he exudes an unusual air of a seasoned campaigner. Not surprisingly though - because he has been firmly focused on motorsport since day one. At the mere age of seven Abt sits in karts in pursuit of triumphs. It soon becomes clear that the future holds promising prospects of a motorsport career for the ambitious racing driver. In the season 2017/2018 he starts for the team of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in the Formula E.
In einem modernen, 2.400 Quadratmeter großen Motorsportzentrum in Kempten hat das erfolgreiche Formel-E-Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler seine Zentrale. Dort werden auch die Rennwagen für die DTM und den Audi Sport ABT TT Cup vorbereitet.
Bevelled, matt-black sheet steel and red, high-gloss aluminium dominates the exterior cladding of the 'hallowed halls'. "The development of the building was largely centred on the notion of a 'factory'," says Marco Hippmann from the architectural firm Hippmann Hardegger in Stuttgart. As the project leader in Kempten Harald Seyband was responsible for the short construction period of only ten months. "The aim was to create a highly functional building with an exterior illustrating the fact that ABT is a high-tech company. This is emphasised by the red-and-black cladding that has been reduced to the essentials."
Inside, the employees find a little motorsport paradise: ample working areas, modern offices, in-house carbon and gearbox workshops, a wash hall, modern equipment, a spacious warehouse, plus a gym. The truck hall annex can accommodate five trailers which can be loaded und unloaded irrespective of weather conditions. Even the daily DTM pit stop practice can be performed in the hall.
ABT has claimed wins and championship titles with touring cars as well as sports cars and single-seaters.
ABT Sportsline’s most important motorsport successes
1st Formula E Team Championship 2017/2018
1st Formula E Drivers’ Championship 2016/2017
2nd Formula E Teams’ Championship 2016/2017
2nd Formula E Drivers’ & Teams’ Championships 2015/2016
3rd Formula E Drivers’ & Teams’ Championships 2014/2015
1st DTM Drivers’ Championship 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
1st DTM Teams’ Championship 2004, 2007, 2011, 2016
1st German Super Touring Car Championship 1999
1st ADAC GT Masters Drivers’ Championship 2009
1st ADAC GT Masters Teams’ Championship 2010
2nd 24 Hours Nürburgring 2003
1st ADAC Formula Masters 2009
1st ADAC Formula Junior 1991, 1992, 1996