Venturi partners with Mercedes specialist HWA for 2017/18 FE season

Venturi has partnered with Mercedes specialist HWA for the 2017/18 Formula E season

Venturi partners with Mercedes specialist HWA for 2017/18 FE season

HWA will embed engineering personnel within the FE team and offer additional technical support throughout the season.

The collaboration comes ahead of Mercedes entering FE as a works team from the 2019/20 season, and follows last month's confirmation of Mercedes DTM/GT racers Maro Engel and Edoardo Mortara as Venturi's FE drivers for 2017/18.

HWA runs Mercedes' DTM entry, is involved in its GT programme and builds Formula 3 engines.

It was founded in 1998 as a spin-off from AMG, Mercedes' high-performance division, and ran the title-winning FIA GT team that season before going on to significant success in the DTM.

"HWA is quite a big company, with a lot of very good engineers and a lot of experience," Mortara told Autosport. "To have their help is something very good.

"I can see that in Formula E the level is quite high, so the more help you can get the better it is.

"[HWA personnel] are quite involved in DTM and GT, I pretty much know all of them.

"It's clearly easier when you already know the people."

HWA has been the most prominent Mercedes outfit in the DTM, winning all seven of its drivers' titles, and currently operates the six Mercedes-AMG C63s in the series.

Engel said it would be "invaluable" for Venturi to draw on the organisation's experience.

"Venturi is an OEM, but compared to the big OEMs it's still relatively small," said Engel.

"The championship has the highest manufacturer involvement, and even more coming in.

"Adding that collaboration with HWA is a really big boost for Venturi."

Venturi suffered gearbox problems in pre-season testing at Valencia, after a faulty batch of parts blighted its running.

Mortara said the team's latest dyno running suggested the problem was solved, and Engel hopes that will let Venturi show the scope of its progress.

"Compared to 12 months ago the team has taken a huge step forward," Engel added.

"Some key people have joined the team, having Jacky Eeckeleart [as chief engineer] is a strong boost.

"The experience of the people that have joined is showing in how we approach going racing.

"Hopefully that will translate very soon into strong results."

shares
comments
Sao Paulo FE race postponed to 2019, replacement planned for 2018
Previous article

Sao Paulo FE race postponed to 2019, replacement planned for 2018

Next article

Formula E joins forces with Motorsport.com in new partnership

Formula E joins forces with Motorsport.com in new partnership
Load comments
How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Plus

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E

By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive Plus

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive

OPINION: Circuit racing has traditionally favoured front- or rear-wheel-drive setups, eschewing the equal distribution of power. But for Formula E and other electric-powered series, our columnist believes it’s a perfect fit

Formula E
Oct 13, 2021
How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success Plus

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success

The Wolffs have carved their own paths in motorsport, leading their respective teams to success in Formula 1 and Formula E. But the two came together last month as their drivers finished first and second in the FE drivers' championship - a feat they are hugely proud of. In a rare joint interview, they reflect on a remarkable season

Formula E
Sep 21, 2021
The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21 Plus

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was one without a narrative for much of the season, with no single car or driver able to break away from the pack. That makes choosing a top 10 especially difficult, particularly as the qualifying format meant some worthy performers were unable to enjoy their day in the sun

Formula E
Sep 19, 2021
How Mercedes and De Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way Plus

How Mercedes and De Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way

When Nyck de Vries dominated the first race of what would be the most controversial and unpredictable Formula E season to date, it looked as though Mercedes was in for a cakewalk. But as the campaign wore on, the path to a title double became increasingly rocky. Neither driver or team would be assured of the crown until the closing stages of the very final race on a weekend of struggle in Berlin

Formula E
Sep 17, 2021
The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep its original missionary winning Plus

The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep its original missionary winning

OPINION: The departure of Audi from Formula E meant its long-time driver Lucas di Grassi would need to find a new berth to stay on the grid. His deal at Venturi Racing will ensure the championship's first-ever race winner will remain competitive into the final year of the current Gen2 ruleset - although it may not be a long-term fit

Formula E
Sep 15, 2021
The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure Plus

The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure

Mercedes' planned withdrawal from Formula E at the end of the 2022 season will contribute to the big hole left by fellow automotive manufacturers Audi and BMW on their departures. Although the team may stick around under a different guise, the exit of the now-reigning teams' champion underlines FE's current issues...

Formula E
Aug 18, 2021
The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion Plus

The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion

After clinching the Formula E title at the Berlin finale, Nyck de Vries is a driver in demand. Although Mercedes would love to keep a reigning champion at the team, the allure of a Williams F1 drive may be too much for de Vries to ignore should a potential deal come to pass

Formula E
Aug 17, 2021