Tremendous sports activities vehicles are an thrilling and extremely emotional world of their very own. Solely racing vehicles may give you much more goosebumps. With the XGT, ABT Sportsline combines the 2 worlds into a complete murals: born as a thoroughbred GT2 automobile, the DTM racing crew and automobile tuner created probably the most unique automobile that has ever left the ABT manufacturing facility in Kempten in a two-year, extraordinarily complicated growth course of. With 640 hp at 1,400 kg, a restricted version of 99 items, and the merely breathtaking look of a racing machine, the road-legal racer is geared toward sporty drivers and motorsport fans. This uniqueness offers the XGT a particular enchantment that will even delight collectors.
As a conventional racing crew, ABT Sportsline has contested greater than 300 races within the DTM since 2000, achieved dozens of particular person victories and over 250 podium finishes, and is at present probably the most profitable energetic DTM crew. The very best stipulations for an bold mission just like the XGT. However it’s greater than only a mission: “It was the problem itself that spurred us on to develop this distinctive full automobile. The XGT is the quintessence of our heritage,” Hans-Jürgen Abt proudly explains. As a result of it was not straightforward to get the GT2 racing automobile on the highway – the motorsport necessities and highway site visitors are too far aside.
“Two extremely intensive years have handed from the thought to completion,” says ABT Sportsline Managing Director Thomas Biermaier, who got here up with the thought for the XGT along with Ernst Christian Scherer, Managing Director of Scherer Sport, after an thrilling and profitable race. Biermaier and Scherer had been harboring the dream of tackling such a mission for a while. Now issues had been getting critical: “Our engineers and mechanics had some powerful challenges to beat.”
With round 40 particular person approvals, the months-long approval course of went past the scope of typical automobile growth. The spotlight: visually, the road-going model differs solely marginally from the Audi R8 LMS GT2 racing automobile. The XGT shouldn’t be an excellent sports activities automobile with a racing look, it’s a road-legal racing automobile. Now 99 rolling chassis are ready to be hand-built into one-offs based on buyer specs.
Anybody who has at all times dreamed of sitting behind the wheel of an actual racing automobile will get their cash’s value within the ABT XGT. As a result of the XGT is steered with a steering wheel specifically made for the racing model. The technical modifications within the areas of thermal administration, software program and the extremely complicated automobile diagnostics system have been fastidiously applied to protect the character of the racing automobile. For on a regular basis usability, the fuelling system from the sequence was built-in, the instrument cluster was modified for civilian use, and the handbrake, central locking, and even a reversing digital camera and immobilizer had been added.
The management panel was tailored to highway use and controls the electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, air-con, and indicators. On the similar time, the particular exhaust system together with aftertreatment parts needed to fulfil the KBA’s emission specs. After all, the main target was additionally on security: an entire XGT automobile was used within the demanding facet and entrance crash exams and all KBA specs concerning brakes and noise ranges had been met in in depth exams.
Along with the in depth highway exams, there was one other maxim within the growth of the ABT XGT: as a lot racetrack feeling as attainable. To this finish, the XGT accomplished 1000’s of kilometers on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the Sachsenring, and the Hockenheimring to search out the right setup. Along with DTM driver Kelvin van der Linde, DTM driver and Scherer model ambassador Ricardo Feller – each of whom will even be racing for ABT in 2024 – ABT Motorsport Director Martin Tomczyk and racing driver and Scherer model ambassador Frank Stippler had been additionally used as growth drivers.
Their unsurprising conclusion: “The highway dealing with, steering conduct and acceleration can’t be in contrast with any highway automobile”. Because of the dual-adjustable suspension with modified springs, bold drivers have the chance to search out their good setup for each racetrack.
Scherer Sport is the unique distributor and repair supplier for the XGT. This cooperation is predicated on a long-standing partnership and a shared ardour for motorsport, which is why it was solely pure to carry this distinctive mission to the highway collectively. Clients can select from 4 totally different colour ideas; particular person options and variants are attainable due to the handcrafted implementation. The worth of the ABT XGT begins at 598,000 euros incl. VAT.
Anybody who needs to see the distinctive ABT XGT within the flesh: In Mainz, about 20 minutes from Frankfurt Airport, the ABT showroom of Scherer Sport will open its doorways on November 23. Along with the Star XGT, different ABT particular fashions can be on show there. Moreover, the XGT will, after all, even be showcased at ABT Sportsline in Kempten.