HWA AG is set to join the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as a new customer team for next season, taking the total amount of entrants to 11.
After working in close collaboration with the Venturi team throughout the current season as a provider of technical support, HWA will extend its existing partnership with the Monaco-based team to receive powertrains for the 2018/19 season. The all-electric series’ fifth season will mark the introduction of the new-look faster and more energy efficient next generation of Formula E cars.
Affalterbach, Germany-based HWA develops and builds vehicles and components for Mercedes-AMG, and is responsible for managing the AMG Mercedes team in the DTM touring series.
“It’s rewarding to see a name so synonymous with racing join the already impressive and growing list of teams and manufacturers competing in Formula E,” said Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Formula E, of HWA’s announcement. “They have a proven track record in other categories and will surely push to replicate similar achievements in Formula E as we enter a new era of fully-electric racing. I’m glad to welcome Ulrich and HWA AG to the Formula E family. I’m eager to see them hit the track as a customer team later this year.”
Ulrich Fritz, CEO of HWA AG, added: “Formula E is a completely new motorsport discipline with extremely tough competition. It’s a challenge that we’re very happy to rise to. HWA AG are the most successful team ever in DTM history. Our goal is to continue the company’s success story in Formula E. At the same time, Formula E with its unique concept offers a completely new perspective on the future for motorsport. The series is characterized by its innovative pioneering spirit and by its willingness to develop new ways of interacting with the fans. The street races in the heart of some of the world’s largest and most important cities open up many opportunities to appeal to an entirely new audience and to get them fired up for racing and for sustainable technologies of the future. In combination with the fierce competition on the racetrack, this is the perfect platform to demonstrate our core competencies on a global stage and to measure ourselves against the best teams.”
Gildo Pastor, president of Venturi Automobiles, said: “I’m delighted to contribute to HWA AG’s arrival as a Formula E team, by providing them our Venturi Gen2 cars for next season. Our partnership over the current season is a win for both organizations. I have no doubt that the experience of Venturi Automobiles in high-performance electric vehicles will be a valuable asset for HWA AG, who will be keen to add to an already impressive record.”