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HWA Receives Mercedes Test Car, Set for Maiden Test Soon

HWA has received delivery of Mercedes EQ’s test and development car…

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Mercedes EQ has received delivery of its test and development car ahead of its official entry into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship next season, e-racing365 can reveal.

The vast majority of the Gen 2 car, provided by Spark Racing Technologies, was transported to HWA Racelab’s headquarters in Germany to be readied for a first track test.

This first test could take place in February or March as HWA Racelab prepares the full package alongside its current 2018-19 campaign which is taking place as a fact-finding mission for the full Mercedes EQ entry.

Mercedes’ first all-electric powertrain produced for racing purposes has been developed at the manufacturer’s High Performance Powertrain facility in Brixworth, UK.

E-racing365 understands that HPP chief engineer Pierre Godof is heading up the technical liaison between the company and the HWA team.

HWA team principal Ulrich Fritz confirmed to e-racing365 in Santiago that Mercedes’ 2019-20 package will hit the track shortly.

“We will start to build up the processes [to test] in the coming days and weeks,” said Fritz.

“Then we will have a look at how everything works together and then based on that we will decide on a roll out time.”

E-racing365 has learned that HWA Racelab will provide and develop the rear structure assembly into which the powertrain will fit.

Fritz said that either the team’s regular race drivers Gary Paffett or Stoffel Vandoorne would likely drive the car for the first time, although reserve driver Daniel Juncadella or fellow Mercedes-contracted driver Raffaelle Marciello could run too.

“We also have Raffaele [Marciello] who did a good job in Marrkesh but depending on other race programs we will use one of the four drivers we have had in the car so far,” remarked Fritz.

Mercedes EQ is expected to confirm further organizational and staffing details about its team in the coming months.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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