HWA poised for season five Formula E entry

HWA, the customisation specialist of Mercedes, is in pole position to enter the all-electric championship in 2018/19, Motorsport.com can reveal.

HWA poised for season five Formula E entry
Listen to this article

Should Mercedes exercise its option to join Formula E, HWA is likely to front and run the operation which could be introduced in season five of the championship, which begins at the end of 2018.

Hans-Werner Aufrecht, founder of the HWA company, and team director and company CEO Ulrich Fritz both spent last weekend at the inaugural New York ePrix further evaluating the championship.

A final decision will be made in October, when it is known a deadline exists for Mercedes to take up its option of joining the all-electric championship, which has so far attracted several of Mercedes’ direct automotive and racing rivals – Audi, BMW, Renault and Jaguar.

One plausible outcome for HWA to join Formula E, either as an independent customer or as a Mercedes-fronted operation, could be to initially run with a Venturi powertrain in season five.

Promoted video: How fanboost works

 

Standalone manufacturer

HWA would be entitled to lodge an entry as a standalone manufacturer but only for season six at the earliest. This commences in 2019 and would be the second season for the one car/one driver format when a larger and more powerful battery will be used.

HWA and Venturi share a significant partner in ZF Group, the chassis and drivetrain technology specialist that will take charge of Venturi’s powertrain for season four.

A possible link-up with a Venturi powertrain is thought the most likely and sufficiently neutral for a full-blown HWA/Mercedes effort to then take over the entity at a later date. 

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff and Venturi president, Gildo Pallanca Pastor, are friends, while Venturi chose Mercedes contracted driver Maro Engel as one of its drivers last year.

Speculation that Nico Rosberg, who met with Formula E directors earlier this month and also visited Tesla this week, could be involved in the new project or the championship generally are believed to be doubtful, in the short-term at least.

Tom Dillmann, Venturi, leads Stéphane Sarrazin, Techeetah
Tom Dillmann, Venturi, leads Stéphane Sarrazin, Techeetah

Photo by: Alastair Staley / LAT Images

shares
comments

Bird feeling "mixed emotions" after New York double win

Di Grassi "can’t risk his reputation" in Montreal, says Buemi

Why Hyderabad E-Prix is only a first step in India's motorsport emergence

Why Hyderabad E-Prix is only a first step in India's motorsport emergence

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Hyderabad ePrix
Rachit Thukral

The significance of Hyderabad race Why Hyderabad E-Prix is only a first step in India's motorsport emergence

The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era

The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Jake Boxall-Legge

Inside Porsche's strong Gen3 start The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era

How Wehrlein's Diriyah double reveals Formula E's form book shake-up

How Wehrlein's Diriyah double reveals Formula E's form book shake-up

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Diriyah ePrix II
Jake Boxall-Legge

2023 Diriyah E-Prix analysis How Wehrlein's Diriyah double reveals Formula E's form book shake-up

The first impressions of Formula E's brave new era

The first impressions of Formula E's brave new era

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Mexico City ePrix
Jake Boxall-Legge

First impressions of FE's new era The first impressions of Formula E's brave new era

How Dennis dominated Formula E's new generation opener

How Dennis dominated Formula E's new generation opener

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Mexico City ePrix
Jake Boxall-Legge

How Dennis dominated FE opener How Dennis dominated Formula E's new generation opener

Is this a Formula E 'nearly man's' best chance yet at title glory?

Is this a Formula E 'nearly man's' best chance yet at title glory?

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Jake Boxall-Legge

Is this Evans' best chance yet? Is this a Formula E 'nearly man's' best chance yet at title glory?

10 things we learned from Valencia Formula E testing

10 things we learned from Valencia Formula E testing

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Jake Boxall-Legge

Analysis: Valencia pre-season test 10 things we learned from Valencia Formula E testing

How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race

How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Jake Boxall-Legge

Jaguar's big opportunity in FE How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race