HWA will enter the inaugural Extreme E season in 2021 after confirming its entry in the all-electric SUV series on Friday.
The Mercedes-affiliated company joins DTM and Formula E rivals ABT Sportsline in committing to the initiative that will see Spark Racing Technology-built silhouette cars race on some of the most remote areas of the earth.
“HWA is a highly successful operation and a major, title-winning name in motorsport, so it is fantastic to be able to welcome them into our Extreme E family,” said Extreme E co-founder Alejandro Agag.
“Extreme E offers an entirely unique proposition in motor racing, with cutting-edge E-SUVs racing head-to-head across five of the most remote locations on the planet with a brand-new engineering challenge for teams and drivers to overcome.
HWA is currently completing a one-off Formula E program this season in readiness for Mercedes’ official entry, which will race under the Mercedes EQ Formula E banner, beginning in November.
Mercedes’ first all-electric model, the EQC sport utility vehicle, is set to go into production later this year.
“We are looking forward to Extreme E. This is an even bigger adventure for us than when we joined Formula E last year,” said Ulrich Fritz, CEO of HWA AG.
“However, I am confident that we will again be able to demonstrate our 360° motorsport expertise in the extreme conditions we will face In the new series.
“We are impressed by the concept and the people behind the series. We have got to know them in Formula E and have worked very well with them. The Extreme E project is a great opportunity – for us as HWA, for the technological shift towards more E-mobility, and for a more conscious approach to the environment and finite resources.”
HWA will have the opportunity to develop its own powertrain and specific areas of bodywork as the series aims to mimic current automotive models.
The a German company becomes the third official team to commit, joining ABT and Venturi, while Andretti Autosport and a squad fronted by Jean-Eric Vergne are also likely to be confirmed.