With only four races remaining of the current season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, there are more developments set for Season 5 as HWA AG are added to the grid – taking the total amount of entrants to 11.
Forming its own team, HWA’s entry into the championship, alongside the full entry list will be confirmed and published by the FIA in advance of Season 5, when the new, faster and more energy efficient Gen2 cars hit the track.
After working in close collaboration with the Venturi outfit throughout the current campaign as a provider of technical support, HWA AG will extend their existing partnership with the Monaco-based team to receive powertrains for the 2018/19 season.
Founded in 1998, HWA AG is currently under contract to Daimler AG’s motorsport department to provide a full range of services in the DTM series for the marque.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “Not only does Formula E have a new-look and unique visual identity for season five, with the futuristic next generation car – but we also have exciting news with a new team entering the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in HWA AG. 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. 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 characterised 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 perfec t 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 organisations. 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.”