The covers have come off the latest challenger for season five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship - this time with the new kids on the block - as HWA RACELAB reveal the livery of its VFE-05, set to be driven by Gary Paffett.
Despite making their debut in the fully-electric series, HWA AG is no stranger to the upper echelons of motorsport - renowned as the most successful outfit in DTM history. This though is a new electric adventure.
HWA RACELAB unveiled its Gen2 car - supplied by Venturi Automobiles - and team structure at its new Affalterbach headquarters in Germany, alongside team principal Ulrich Fritz and Paffett - 2005 DTM champion. Who will partner Paffett is yet to be confirmed.
Ulrich Fritz, HWA RACELAB team principal, said: “The team name HWA RACELAB bundles the DNA of HWA AG. Since the company was founded in 1998, our core area of expertise has been developing, researching and running cars in motor racing. In order to compete successfully in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the focus on, and confidence in, these areas of expertise will be particularly important. We’re looking forward to the new challenges that come with Formula E. Over the past weeks and months, we’ve worked very hard to lay a solid foundation, upon which to enter this fiercely-competitive series. In doing so, we’ve benefitted greatly from the experience gained in cooperation with the Venturi team, whom we supported last season as technical partner. We’re now well positioned with our own team to compete under our own flag. We’re approaching this challenge with a healthy mixture of confidence and respect. The season ahead will be a learning year for HWA RACELAB, but I’m confident that we’ll very quickly establish ourselves and be competitive in the series.”
Gary Paffett, newly-named Formula E driver, said: “I’m really excited about driving for HWA in the fifth season of Formula E. This is basically the first time for 15 years that I will have switched series and cars. It’ll be a major challenge - for me, and for the team. Most of them - like me - are moving over from the DTM. As such, we have a lot to learn. It’ll certainly not be easy at first, but we’re ready and are all looking forward to it. Formula E is a very promising series with great prospects. It’s great to be a part of it. I watched the race in Marrakesh at the start of the year and was impressed by the atmosphere. It was totally different to the DTM and anything else I’ve seen before. We must adapt to this new format and adjust our approach to the race weekends accordingly. The standard of the drivers and teams is definitely very high.”
To witness HWA RACELAB make its competitive debut in Ad Diriyah on December 15, buy tickets here.