HWA replaced by Hispano Suiza for inaugural Extreme E season

HWA has withdrawn its entry from the inaugural 2021 Extreme E season but has been immediately replaced by a revival of the Hispano Suiza marque of the early 20th century

HWA replaced by Hispano Suiza for inaugural Extreme E season

With nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb partnering Cristina Gutierrez at Lewis Hamilton's X44 team, only the Techeetah and HWA entries were yet to reveal their driver line-up - although there is a still a space alongside Jamie Chadwick at Veloce.

But long-time Mercedes affiliate HWA has now pulled out of the forthcoming XE campaign for "economic and strategic reasons", which have been "mainly driven" by the global health crisis.

HWA, which is also a founding member of the nascent Hyraze hydrogen racing series, remains "convinced about the mission of Extreme E" and will remain in contact with championship organisers about a potential deferred entry.

This postponement has paved the way for Hispano Suiza to maintain the nine-team grid for the five-round maiden calendar that kicks off in Saudi Arabia in March.

Hispano Suiza was better known for its engineering involvement in aeroplane engine design prior to the Second World War, although the Spanish-Swiss concern was also a maker of luxury cars during the interwar period.

After a muted revival a decade ago, the outfit then debuted its 1000bhp all-electric Carmen at last year's Geneva Motor Show.

For its XE attack, it has immediately announced the signings of World Rallycross driver Oliver Bennett and one-time World Rally Championship entrant Christine Giampaoli Zonca.

XE founder Alejandro Agag said: "I welcome the legendary Spanish brand Hispano Suiza, founded in 1904 by the Suque Mateu family, to the Extreme E Championship.

"True to its tradition and racing history, this time, it returns to motorsport looking to the future, to the electrification of mobility.

"I am convinced that the Hispano Suiza team will honour the great tradition of their name, and will be a formidable competitor in our championship, the most remote sporting event on the planet."

Bennett, a former British RX title contender and who has made sporadic American RX outings, added: "This is one of the most special days of my life, and I am extremely proud to be part of the team.

"This is a championship in which we will be required to push to show our full potential at every race, but at the same time we will be able to fight to make our planet a better place.

"I am sure that this is just the beginning of a great adventure for all of us."

The team will be managed by Juli Mundet Caballero, who has served more recently as a race engineer at World RX level.

shares
comments
McLaren considering Formula E team entry once battery contract ends

Previous article

McLaren considering Formula E team entry once battery contract ends

Next article

Da Costa has to "stay alive" in early '21 FE races due to new car delay

Da Costa has to "stay alive" in early '21 FE races due to new car delay
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula E
Teams HWA AG
Author Matt Kew
How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome Plus

How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

Formula E
Apr 12, 2021
What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future Plus

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future

Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits

Formula E
Mar 24, 2021
Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start Plus

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start

With the new Formula E season belatedly getting underway in Saudi Arabia, the championship appeared to try to make up for lost time with an overspill of action and controversy on and off the track. While some talking points could have serious repercussions, it was an explosive opener for many reasons

Formula E
Mar 1, 2021
How Andretti is planning for life after BMW Plus

How Andretti is planning for life after BMW

Michael Andretti's team is a Formula E ever-present and that's not about to change despite BMW's forthcoming exit. But, with both its drivers contracted to the German giant and McLaren weighing up a possible entry, some key decisions lie ahead

Formula E
Feb 26, 2021
The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Plus

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021

The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year

Formula E
Feb 25, 2021
Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test Plus

Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test

As off-track politics threatens to overshadow events on it, the upcoming Formula E season is perhaps its most important since the championship's inception. And that's a shame, given that the focus should be on what promises to be its closest title fight yet

Formula E
Feb 24, 2021
How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album Plus

How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album

DS Techeetah remains FE's benchmark outfit, but it can expect a stiff challenge this year from two German automotive giants in their second seasons as full manufacturer entries. Here's how Mercedes and Porsche are doubling down to bridge the gap

Formula E
Feb 17, 2021
The magnificent seven Brits fighting for FE bragging rights Plus

The magnificent seven Brits fighting for FE bragging rights

A record seven British drivers will contest Formula E this season, including two squads with all-British lineups. But before they can consider challenging DS Techeetah for the crown, each must lead their teams' recovery to the top

Formula E
Feb 15, 2021