2010 TUNE IT! SAFE! Car: AC Schnitzer ACS1 2.3d

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The AC Schnitzer "ACS1 2.3d Coupé" Tune It Safe! police concept is the fifth concept car in as many years to arrive from the Association of German Car Tuners (VDAT). Under VDAT's "TUNE IT! SAFE!" initiative, the battlecry is: "Only serious, safe tuning will bring the hoped-for driving pleasure!"

With most of the vehicle accessory equipment supplied by AC Schnitzer, the police concept aims to show that safe tuning does not necessarily mean dull work. After all, the ACS1 2.3d Coupé features an upgraded 2.3 D engine that now develops up to 241 HP (177 kW) of output and a 480 Nm torque matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, allowing the police concept to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds.

Derived from the BMW 123d Coupé are AC Schnitzer Type IV BiColor wheels wrapped in tires from Hankook, the main sponsor of the TUNE IT! SAFE! initiative. AC Schnitzer also provided the 30mm lowered sports suspension to make sure that the police concept features a low, safe road position. Moreover, the AC Schnitzer "ACS1 2.3d Coupé" Tune It Safe! police concept has a body styling kit that includes a two-piece front spoiler, rear wing, rear roof spoiler and rear skirt insert.

The police concept also features "LEDayFlex" modern daytime running lights from Hella and "New Generation" sports mirrors from AC Schnitzer. To allow police officers to comfortably feel the thrill of pursuing suspects on the road, the ACS1 2.3d Coupé comes with leather racing bucket seats with AC Schnitzer logo. Its steering wheel, door handles, dashboard and center console are treated to silver genuine carbon fiber trim, complementing the aluminum pedals and aluminum foot rests.

ACS1 2.3d Coupé also comes with a G-force indicator that measures and displays the centrifugal forces inside the police concept car. Providing the "real" police car appearance are original stickers from Foliatec and flashing lights from Hella the flashing lights. While the police could and would want to pilot the ACS1 2.3d Coupé, they wouldn't be given the chance to, since the concept car would not be put into use and would not be made in the current complex.

But still, the ACS1 2.3d Coupé helps VDAT achieve the goal of the "TUNE IT! SAFE!" initiative, which is to fight against illegal and unsafe tuning as well as counterfeiting. For those who wanted to take a good look at the ACS1 2.3d Coupé, they can do so by visiting VDAT Stand No. 406 in Hall 10 at the Essen Motor Show from November 28 to December 6, 2009.

Rainer Vogel, Managing Director of AC Schnitzer, remarked that serious and safe tuning is both the company's philosophy and mission.” He noted that safe tuning with components from a reputable manufacturer does not only provide driving pleasure, but it also saves lives. VDAT's TUNE IT! SAFE!" initiative is supported by the Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Road Development. AC Schnitzer is a member of VDAT.

Press Release

Safe, Serious Tuning – A Mission for the Company and the Customer

The fifth concept car of the "TUNE IT! SAFE!" VDAT initiative has been designed mainly by BMW tuning specialist AC Schnitzer

"Only serious, safe tuning will bring the hoped-for driving pleasure!" Under this motto, the Association of German Car Tuners (VDAT) every year launches a special concept car. In 2010, BMW AG is providing a BMW 123d Coupé for the Association's "TUNE IT! SAFE!" initiative, which is also supported by the Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Road Development. Most of the vehicle accessory equipment has been supplied by Aachen-based BMW tuning specialist AC Schnitzer.

As in the last four years, a police vehicle has been professional converted as part of the promotion. The AC Schnitzer "ACS1 2.3d", based on the BMW 123d Coupé, shows that safe tuning is far from boring. VDAT-member AC Schnitzer has upgraded the 2.3 D engine to 241 HP (177 kW) and 480 Nm. The police car with 6-speed automatic transmission now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, so would acquit itself well even in the fastest pursuit.

The latest AC Schnitzer wheels Type IV BiColor are fitted with tyres from TUNE IT! SAFE! main sponsor Hankook. The low, safe road position is achieved with the sports suspension from the Aachen-based specialist with 30 mm lowering. The bodystyling kit consists of two-piece front spoiler, rear skirt insert, rear wing and rear roof spoiler. Good visibility is ensured by the "LEDayFlex" modern daytime running lights from Hella, and optimum rearward vision by the AC Schnitzer "New Generation" sports mirrors.

In the interior, the guardians of the law could enjoy leather racing bucket seats with
AC Schnitzer logo and silver genuine carbon fibre trim on the dashboard, centre console, door handles and steering wheel, which are perfectly complemented by the aluminium pedals and aluminium foot rests. A further highlight is the G-force indicator, which measures and displays the centrifugal forces inside the car.

The concept car impressively demonstrates large parts of the tuning accessory range from
AC Schnitzer. To give the BMW the essential, authentic look of a "real" police car, Foliatec supplied the original stickering and Hella the flashing lights. Even the police could - and would like to - drive the converted vehicle in public road traffic. To their regret however, the concept car will not be brought into use and is not available in this complex form. Nonetheless, it makes an important contribution towards achieving the aim of the initiative: to combat illegal, unsafe tuning and counterfeiting. All AC Schnitzer conversions are however available commercially and are of course TÜV-approved.

The AC Schnitzer "ACS1 2.3d Coupé" will be on display for the first time at the Essen Motor Show on VDAT Stand No. 406 in Hall 10 from 28 November to 6 December 2009. "Serious and safe tuning is not only a company philosophy, but it is also our mission", emphasises Rainer Vogel, Managing Director of AC Schnitzer. And you can take this literally: Safe tuning with components from a reputable manufacturer not only brings the desired driving pleasure, but can even be lifesaving.

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