It has been built for the forthcoming radical electric SUV off-road racing series by ABT Sportsline, the world market leader for tuned Volkswagen Group automobiles and title-winning Formula E outfit.
Acceleration is truly stunning with a 0-62mph time of 4.5sec and maximum over 120mph. It has a battery range of up to 180 miles but its shrinks to just 10 miles at full speed, comfortably covering the head to head sprints which make up the races.
The German tuning company has enjoyed multiple championship successes across disciplines at the very highest level of motorsport over seven decades. It sealed no fewer than five Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) titles, and it was the team behind Lucas di Grassi’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship triumph in 2016-17 – having operated a top-three squad every season since entering the series in its inaugural 2014-15 season.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E – operating partner of Extreme E – said, “ABT Sportsline was one of the first outfits to commit to what was a then-new series and concept in Formula E some six years ago, and I’m delighted to welcome them as one of the first teams to join Extreme E.
“The team has seen great success in Formula E, DTM and other top-tier motor racing championships throughout the years. The unique challenge offered up by Extreme E with its formidable environments, head-to-head format and the need for real engineering ingenuity undoubtedly acts as a major draw for those with competition at their core. I can’t wait to see how ABT Sportsline respond to that challenge.”
ABT Sportsline, as with all other entrants, will take delivery of one of 12 Extreme E E-SUVs in March 2020. From that starting point it will be able to test and develop its own powertrain and select areas of bodywork, such as the engine cover, front and rear bumpers, side skirt, and lights in a bid to replicate everyday car models and gain a competitive advantage.
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