"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."
Since last year, the DTM has been contested with GT3 sports cars – this ensures brand diversity and exciting races. ABT Sportsline will compete in 2022 with three Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II cars and a strong driver line-up formed by Ricardo Feller, René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde.
A pioneering new motorsport venture beginning in 2021 sees Extreme E taking full-electric motorsport to some of the most remote locations around the world – all with one mission in mind: raising awareness of climate change, sustainability and electric mobility.
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 main goal was to create a highly functional building that illustrates ABT as a high-tech company. This is underscored by the minimalist red-black paneling."
On the inside, employees have their own little motorsport paradise: spacious work areas, modern offices, dedicated carbon and transmission workshops, a car wash, modern equipment, a spacious warehouse and even an in-house gym. The connected parking garage offers space for five semi truck 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, 2020
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