Friday, April 5, 2013

The SVC Vitver Racing ABT-Audi TT-R returns to the hills of Europe

By Johan Laubscher

During 2012 photos emerged of a modified ex-DTM ABT-Audi TT-R. The car was driven by Vláďa Vitver in the FIA Hillclimb Championship and performed very well. The modifications made to the car were the first of its kind on one of these older Audi DTM cars, and it was certainly very interesting.

The changes made to the car included new front and rear bodywork, giving the car the appearance of a Mk II Audi TT, and the addition of a new rear wing, other aerodynamic updates and improved performance. More can be read HERE.

Towards the end of 2012 the car was involved in a crash during testing. The car suffered a lot of damage, however the team have worked hard and continued to improve the car. The crash can be seen HERE.

SVC Vitver Racing team have announced their 2013 plans which includes continuing in the FIA Hillclimb Championship and the ambitions to compete at Pikes Peak in 2014. Along with the team’s own 2013 plans they are also now represented in Jamaica, where the ATL Automotive ABT-Audi TT-R is competing with the SVC front bodywork and rear wing, more can here seen HERE.

The car was revealed at the 2013 Motorsport Expo in Brno. The Audi has undergone a lot of work, now boasting an improved power output and a very aggressive aerodynamic package. The front of the car is very similar to the 2012 specification with increased intakes, however the rear has been modified extensively and represents a similar appearance to that of the Audi A4 DTM cars in terms of aerodynamic wings. On top of all the modifications the car has also received a beautiful new livery.

Following the 2012 crash it was great news to hear that the driver was unharmed and that the car would be repairable. And now it is even better news as the first pictures of the rebuilt car have emerged, it is great to see these older cars still competing.

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Photo credit: SVC Vitver RACING