THE ABT CON­CEPT STUDY

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With over 120 years of his­tory,

ABT has re­mained com­mit­ted to their roots as an in­no­va­tion work­shop. Of­fi­cially founded as ABT Tun­ing in 1967, they have ac­crued a rich rac­ing her­itage that started back in 1950 with an Audi. From the race­track to the street, ABT Sport­sline has con­tin­ued to de­liver on their com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence and to­day they are the largest tun­ing provider for the Volk­swa­gen and Audi Group.

Since then, ABT con­tin­ues to de­velop their brand. Their lat­est of­fer­ings have set so­cial me­dia ablaze — es­pe­cially with their col­lab­o­ra­tion with famed Swedish alpine race skier Jon Ols­son. Known by many as a pro­fes­sional skier, car cul­ture knows Mr. Ols­son as the guy with the most in­tense and unique builds. From his in­sane

Lam­bos with roof racks, to his Roll­sRoyce lux­ury land yacht equipped for the snow, his builds are vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing and breath­tak­ing to look at.

Yet it is his most recent build, the new ABT RS6+ project, which he calls “Phoenix,” that has set the stage on fire. A work of art in its own right, the car fea­tures his trademark graphic en­sem­ble and is high­lighted by unique ABT Aero Wheels. The wheels fea­tured on his build were a con­cept study the skier saw at the Geneva Mo­tor Show and he was not pre­pared to wait, so ABT pro­vided four pro­to­types to build Phoenix.

Since its de­but, the wheel (which they ref­er­ence as the ABT Aero Wheel) has cre­ated quite the com­mo­tion and it’s ac­tu­ally based on their ex­ist­ing ABT SPORT GR wheel. The stan­dard ABT SPORT GR is pre­sented in 21 inches and pic­tured here is their lat­est con­cept study, CRP covers fin­ished off in vis­ual car­bon com­plete with spo­keend de­signs painted on. The ba­sic idea for the ABT Aero Wheels is in­spired by For­mula E, which, by the way, was where Ols­son and rac­ing driver Daniel Abt met.

And while the aim of ABT Sport­sline is to bring a limited edi­tion of th­ese wheels into pro­duc­tion in the near fu­ture, the com­pany is cur­rently de­bat­ing whether it will be re­leased to the public. So as we ea­gerly await their fi­nal de­ci­sion, those in­ter­ested can visit them on­line for more de­tails. In the mean­time, you can start set­ting funds aside be­cause if they do de­cide to re­lease it, we’re sure they won’t last long.

BY UWTG STAFF PHOTOS COUR­TESY OF ABT

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