ABT R8 LMS debuts on Malaysian Streets as F1 fever builds

Published on April 5th, 2011

Federal Auto Holdings Bhd, the exclusive Malaysian distributor of world renowned Volkswagen and Audi tuner ABT (pronounced as ‘abt’ or ‘up’ and not A.B.T.) Sportsline, was pleased to showcase the sensational ABT R8 LMS race car along the streets of Bukit Bintang. This was enabled and made possible through its subsidiary Federal Auto Sports Tuning (FAST) Sdn Bhd.

This was the first time that Malaysian motorsport fans had an opportunity for an “abt” close and personal experience with the “barely street legal” machine, piloted by Malaysia’s first and former F1 driver, Alex Yoong.

“Federal Auto, since securing the ABT distributorship six months ago, has monitored and observed the tuning market in Malaysia while refining our business directions for FAST. This was an opportunity to showcase the ability of ABT with the Audi R8 LMS on the road. The ABT tuned vehicles are prime examples of our capability to fulfill the lifestyle dreams of anyone who wishes to enhance the performance of their street cars to a level than can even match racing machines,” said Cheng Seng Fook, Managing Director of Federal Auto Holdings Berhad, who’s daily chauffeured-ride is a Volvo XC60 T6.

“Our commitment on building the profile of the ABT brand is clear as we will soon build and operate “The ABT Hause”, which will solely dedicated to tuning vehicles that match the ABTs exacting requirements and have been part of the brand’s legacy,” added Cheng.

The appearance of the ABT R8 LMS being driven in the Bukit Bintang area was part of a collaboration with RED BULL, who were running the RB7 Formula1 car with former F1 driver Scotsman David Coulthard helming the wheel.

The ABT R8 LMS, which is the racing version of the ABT R8 GTR, has been tuned to develop 620hp from its 5.2-litre engine, an increase of 100 hp over the standard car. This allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.2 seconds.

Federal Auto Holdings Bhd owns and operates dealerships for several global car brands, including Volvo, Volkswagen and Mitsubishi, although in Malaysia Federal Auto is a well-known Volvo dealer who has been selling and providing after-sales services for Volvo cars for decades. Its interest in bringing in the ABT brand to Malaysia stemmed from the discovery that there was a segment of their VW owners who were enthusiastic about enhancing the performance potential of their cars.

ABT Sportsline, was established 115 years ago and since the 1950’s, have specialized in performance tuning and racing. Today, ABT Sportsline is the world’s largest tuner of Volkswagen and Audi cars and works so closely with the manufacturer that their DTM racing team is also the official Audi factory team in the series that runs throughout Europe.

The components and body-kits that go into ABT cars, prepared by FAST, are sourced directly from ABT Germany and their approved suppliers. Cars that are re-mapped by FAST to improve engine performance carry a warranty of up to 3-years on the ECU, engine, drive train and the turbo charger or super charger. The warranty period will depend on the age of the vehicle when the work was undertaken.

Federal Auto strongly views responsible tuning and conversion products as part of its longer-term direction and strategy to serve a discerning automotive segment in Malaysia. As car manufacturers strive to cater for wider markets, the presence of FAST ensures that local car enthusiasts will be able to enjoy their enhanced vehicles without having to worry about quality and safety.

words & pix: Federal Auto

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