HWA Racelab logo
Team Information
Based Flag of Germany Affalterbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Début Flag of Saudi Arabia 2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix
Founder Hans Werner Aufrecht (1998)
Key People Ulrich Fritz (C.E.O) and Thomaz Aufrecht
Driver(s) Stoffel Vandoorne (No.5)
Gary Paffett (No.17)
Car Venturi VFE 05
Website HWA AG
Team Stats
Last Season N/A
Wins 0
First Win
Points 0
Poles 0
Podiums 0
Fastest Laps 0
Titles Unknown
Current Season
Entrant Flag of Germany HWA Racelab
Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett
Stoffel Vandoorne 2017 Gary Paffett
14th (18 Pt(s)) 18th (4 Pt(s))
Team Standings
9th (22 Pt(s))

HWA AG, otherwise known competitively as HWA Racelab, is a German engineering firm and racing team, based in Affalterbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.[1] Named for its founder Hans Werner Aufrecht, HWA will enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the first time in 2018/19, using powertrains manufactured by Venturi.[2]

HWA are well known for their relationship with Mercedes, which has seen Auftecht's firm run their operations in the DTM and certain sportscar series.[1] This relationship is set to continue with the arrival of Mercedes into FE in 2019/20, with HWA set to become the de facto factory team named the Mercedes EQ Formula E Team.[3] for 2018/19, however, the team would compete as HWA Racelab, with Gary Paffett their lead driver.[2]


HWA's history can be traced back beyond its foundation, for its founder Hans Werner Aufrecht, in partnership with Erhard Melcher, had a history of building engines as early as 1967.[1] Those two, together, would create AMG Motorenbau und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach), which specialised in the tuning Mercedes engines for racing.[1] AMG's success would ultimately draw the attention of Mercedes' owners Daimler AG, which bought a controlling share of the engine and tuning side of teh the company on 1 January 1999.[1]

HWA HeroicsEdit

Aufrecht would retain ownership of most of the racing team, and duly founded HWA AG on 30 October 1998 as a means to continue his desire to go racing.[1] HWA would retain AMG's close ties to Mercedes, however, with Aufrecht's firm duly winning a contract to run Mercedes cars in the revived DTM in 2000.[4] It was incredibly successful period for HWA, with themselves and Mercedes claiming five of the first six DTM titles between 2000 and 2006.[4]

Because of that success, HWA would become the de facto factory team of Mercedes in a variety of series, building race engines for Formula 3 and race cars for V8 Supercars.[4] The German firm were then commissioned to run Mercedes new sportscar campaign with the SLS and Mercedes-AMG GT3s, culminating in a clean sweep of the podium in the 2016 Nürburgring 24 Hours.[4] Indeed, the only significant Mercedes project that HWA would not be involved in was Mercedes' Formula One return in 2010, which was instead developed "in-house" by AMG.

Formula E HistoryEdit

HWA reveal 2018

The HWA team revealed their maiden FE livery in October 2018.

When Mercedes announced their intentions to join the FIA Formula E Championship at the 2017 Montreal ePrix, rumours emerged that HWA would launch their own FE programme.[5] This was, in-part, due to the revelation that Mercedes would be withdrawing factory support for the DTM at the end of 2018, meaning HWA were effectively set to be without a backer in that series in 2019.[5] As a result, HWA began to seriously consider a move in FE, sending engineers and personnel to work with the Venturi Formula E Team during the 2017/18, with a view to start in the series in 2018/19.[6]

Venturi VanguardEdit

After shadowing Venturi through the 2017/18 season HWA would indeed decide to make a move into FE for 2018/19, announcing at the 2018 Berlin E-Prix that they would use a customer Venturi powertrain for their debut season.[2]

Formula E RecordEdit

The tables below show HWA Racelab's full record in the FIA Formula E Championship.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The table below given and overview of HWA Racelab's entries in Formula E:

HWA Racelab's overall Formula E Record
Season Official name No. Drivers DC Pos. DC Pts. Car TC Pos. TC Pts.
2018/19 Flag of Germany HWA Racelab[2] 5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne[7] Venturi VFE 05
17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett[8]

Career ResultsEdit

Listed below are the full career results of HWA Racelab:

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Driver Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
2018/19 Flag of Saudi Arabia Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Hong Kong Flag of China Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 9th 22
Vandoorne 16th Ret Ret 18th Ret Ret 3rd
Paffett Ret Ret 14th 16th 8th Ret Ret


Videos and Images:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 'HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPANY HWA AG',, (HWA AG, 2018),, (Accessed 24/05/2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'Paffett to drive for HWA Racelab',, (FIA Formula E, 08/10/2018),, (Accessed 08/10/2018)
  3. 'Mercedes EQ Formula E Team gear up for Formula E fight',, (FIA Formula E 17/05/2018),, (Accessed 17/05/2018)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 'MILESTONES',, (HWA AG, 2018),, (Accessed 24/05/2018)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Mercedes-Benz to enter Formula E in Season 6',, (FIA Formula E, 24/07/2017),, (Accessed 25/07/2017)
  6. 'Venturi announce partnership with HWA AG',, (FIA Formula E, 30/11/2017),, (Accessed 24/05/2018)
  7. 'Stoffel Vandoorne completes HWA RACELAB’s driver line up',, (FIA Formula E, 15/10/2018),, (Accessed 15/10/2018)
  8. Sam Smith, 'Paffett, Wehrlein Primed for HWA Seats',, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 10/09/2018),, (Accessed 11/09/2018)