"Motorsport is our great passion and has been a priority in the company for decades," says CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt. "This unique building complex offers us the perfect preconditions for the challenges we face on a daily basis. Our team has optimum working conditions and plenty of space for new ideas."
The DTM is entering a new era in 2019. For the first time, the racing series will be restricted to vehicles with turbo engines. The Audi Sport Team ABT Sportsline will be running two new Audi RS 5 DTM for Robin Frijns and Nico Müller in the 18 races of the season.
The Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler enters the fifth season of Formula E with the new Audi e-tron FE05. A total of 13 races in twelve cities on five continents are on the calender for the 2018/2019 season.
The successful Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E Team is based at a modern 2,400 square meter motorsport center in Kempten in Bavaria. The two race cars for the DTM are also prepared here.
Folded, matt black steel plates and red high-gloss aluminum dominate the external cladding of the "hallowed halls". "The concept of 'manufacturing' in its original sense played a central role in the development of this building," explains Marco Hippmann from Hippmann Hardegger Architects in Stuttgart. As the project manager in Kempten, Harald Seyband was responsible for the short construction time of only ten months. "Our objective was to create a highly functional building that illustrates from the outside that ABT is a high-tech company. This is underlined by the minimalist red-black paneling."
On the inside, employees have their own little motorsport paradise: generous work areas, modern offices, dedicated carbon and transmission workshops, a washing hall, modern equipment, a spacious stockroom and even an in-house gym. The connected truck building offers space for five semi-trailers which can be loaded and unloaded regardless of the weather. Even the daily pit stop training can be conducted in the workshop.
As a private team or as a factory team, ABT has achieved wins and titles in all important circuit racing categories, with touring cars as well as with sportscars and formula cars.
The most important motorsport successes by ABT Sportsline
1st place Formula E team championship 2017/2018
2nd place Formula E drivers' championship 2017/18
1st place Formula E drivers' championship 2016/2017
2nd place Formula E team championship 2016/2017
2nd place Formula E drivers' and team championship 2015/2016
3rd place Formula E drivers' and team championship 2014/2015
1st place DTM drivers' championship 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
1st place DTM team championship 2004, 2007, 2011, 2016
1st place German Supertouring Championship 1999
1st place ADAC GT Masters drivers' championship 2009
1st place ADAC GT Masters team championship 2010
2nd place 24 Hours Nürburgring 2003
1st place ADAC Formel Masters 2009
1st place ADAC Formel Junior 1991, 1992, 1996