THE ABT CONCEPT STUDY
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