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HWA AG
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) Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett
Car Venturi VFE 05
Sponsor(s)
Website HWA AG
Team Stats
Last Season 9th (2018/19)
Entires 13
Wins Poles Points
0 1 44
Titles Unknown
First Win
Fastest Laps 0

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 entered the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2018/19, using powertrains manufactured by Venturi.[2]

Running Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne as their drivers, HWA entered FE at the behest of long-term partners Mercedes-Benz, although it proved to be a campaign beset by mechanical issues.[2][3] At the end of the 2018/19 season their entry was officially transferred to the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team for the 2019/20 campaign, although HWA would operate the new team's day-to-day operations.[4]

In July 2019 HWA announced that they would be entering the Extreme E Championship, becoming one of three founding teams for the electric off-road series.[5]

Background

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 the company on 1 January 1999.[1]

HWA Heroics

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.[6] It was incredibly successful period for HWA, with themselves and Mercedes claiming five of the first six DTM titles between 2000 and 2006.[6]

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.[6] 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.[6] 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 History

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.[7] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Venturi Vanguard

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] HWA were offered several of Venturi's development test days in order to prepare for the 2018/19 season, hiring Mercedes factory driver Gary Paffett to spearhead their team.[2] The new squad would later capture the signature of Formula One refugee Stoffel Vandoorne ahead of the 2018 Valencia Test.[3]

It would be a difficult start for the new squad, however, recording four retirements at the opening three rounds, while failing to score at all in any of them.[9] However, the 2019 Mexico City Test proved to be crucial for the team, for after a strong run HWA scored their first points of the season at the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix, while Vandoorne claimed their maiden pole position.[10] A double non-score followed before Vandoorne starred again in Rome, securing the team's first podium finish in a chaotic race.[11]

Vandoorne would subsequently become a regular point scorer, only failing to score at the Paris and the first New York City E-Prix.[12] Paffett, meanwhile, would only muster two points finishes, a mix of misfortune and lack of qualifying pace the Brit's ultimate downfall.[13] Come the end of the season HWA found themselves in ninth in the Championship with 44 points, ahead of established FE teams GEOX DRAGON and NIO.

Mercedes Motivators

At the end of the 2018/19 season HWA's entry was officially taken over by the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, although HWA would effectively remain on the grid, running the new squad's day-to-day and trackside operations.[4]

Formula E Record

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

Formula E Entries

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[3] 16th 35 Venturi VFE 05 9th 44
17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett[14] 19th 9

Career Results

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 44
Vandoorne 16th Ret Ret 18th Ret Ret 3rd Ret 9th 5th 10th 13th 8th
Paffett Ret Ret 14th 16th 8th Ret Ret 8th 12th 16th 17th 11th 10th

References

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References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 'HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPANY HWA AG', hwaag.com, (HWA AG, 2018), http://www.hwaag.com/en/company-en.html, (Accessed 24/05/2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 'Paffett to drive for HWA Racelab', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 08/10/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/october/paffett-to-drive-for-hwa-racelab/, (Accessed 08/10/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Stoffel Vandoorne completes HWA RACELAB’s driver line up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/10/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/october/stoffel-vandoorne-completes-hwa-racelab-s-driver-line-up/, (Accessed 15/10/2018)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'Mercedes EQ Formula E Team gear up for Formula E fight', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E 17/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/may/mercedes-eq-formula-e-team-gear-up-for-formula-e-fight/, (Accessed 17/05/2018)
  5. Sam Smith, 'HWA Commits to Extreme E', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 12/07/2019), https://e-racing365.com/off-road/extreme-e/hwa-commit-to-extreme-e/, (Accessed 12/07/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 'MILESTONES', hwaag.com, (HWA AG, 2018), http://www.hwaag.com/en/company-en/meilensteine-hwa-ag-en.html, (Accessed 24/05/2018)
  7. 7.0 7.1 'Mercedes-Benz to enter Formula E in Season 6', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/mercedes-benz-to-enter-formula-e-in-season-6/, (Accessed 25/07/2017)
  8. 'Venturi announce partnership with HWA AG', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/11/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/november/venturi-announce-partnership-with-hwa-ag/, (Accessed 24/05/2018)
  9. 'Madness in Mexico sees di Grassi clinch miraculous win in epic photo finish', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/02/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/february/race-report-mexico-2019, (Accessed 17/02/2019)
  10. 'Bird victorious in furious battle for first on Hong Kong Harbourfront', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/03/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/march/race-report-hong-kong-2019, (Accessed 11/03/2019)
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  14. Sam Smith, 'Paffett, Wehrlein Primed for HWA Seats', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 10/09/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/wehrlein-and-paffett-primed-for-hwa-seats/, (Accessed 11/09/2018)
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