History of HWA

Die HWA Geschichte in Bildern

  • 1971

    Second place in the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps with a Mercedes 300 SEL 6.9 driven by Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz. Heyer is recruited by AMG as a driver only hours before the race. The original driver Helmut Kelleners had completely destroyed the SEL in an accident during training.

  • 1980

    Victory at the Grosser Preis der Tourenwagen on the Nürburgring North Loop in a Mercedes 450 SLC driven by Clemens Schickentanz and Jörg Denzel.

  • 1988

    DTM with the Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 The factory-supported teams AMG, Snobeck, Marko, IPS and BMK field a total of 14 Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 in the Championship. All expectations are surpassed, with six wins, two from Danny Snobeck at the Nürburgring and in Brno and four by Jonny Cecotto in the AMG Mercedes on the Avus circuit and at the Hungaroring, as well as the title of Vice-Champion for Roland Asch driving the BMK Mercedes.

  • 1989

    DTM with the Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evo With 8 wins, Mercedes Benz is the most successful manufacturer of the 1989 season. AMG driver Klaus Ludwig wins 5 races. The Evo I celebrates a perfect debut, with a win by Roland Asch in Mainz-Finthen. Compared to the basic model, the Evolution’s main improvements are the stronger 2.5 litre engine, the distinctive spoilers and the 18-inch wheels.

  • 1990

    DTM with the Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II As in the previous year the AMG teams, Mass-Schons and Snobeck make up the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star in the DTM. The AMG team starts the season with a hat trick, winning the first three races. By the end of the season the tally is 5 wins for Mercedes Benz.

  • 1991

    The 1991 season is electrifying. Before the season’s finale at Hockenheim, Klaus Ludwig is leading the Championship by a slim margin. But on this high-speed circuit there is no beating Frank Bila’s larger volume Audi V8. Ludwig has to settle for Vice-Champion, behind Bila. But at Nürburgring there were 8 Mercedes-Benz drivers in the top 10, the best result for a manufacturer in the DTM to date. DTM itself is rocketing: in 1991 the DTM races were watched by over 153

  • 1992

    DTM with the Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II DTM under the Mercedes star. Klaus Ludwig becomes the lead driver in the 8-driver Mercedes team, and wins his second Championship in his DTM career. Together with Kurt Thiem, Bernd Schneider, Roland Asch, Keke Rosberg, Jörg van Ommen, Ellen Lohr and Jacques Lafitte he also wins the Manufacturers Championship for Mercedes. The 2000 Olympic Games are not coming to Berlin. But Ellen Lohr comes to Hockenheim and celebrates an overdue victory. With his double win in Singen, Bernd Schneider establishes himself as the man to watch in the future.

  • 1993

    DTM with the Mercedes 190 E The 190s have started their careers 10 years ago. Roland Asch’s double on the Avus circuit marks a glorious finale for the successful Mercedes 190 E, with a total of 50 victories. Audi and BMW have left the DTM, and Opel limits itself to testing. Is DTM finished? Mercedes-Benz is still fully committed, and Alfa Romeo enters the field as a second competitor. Nicola Larini takes the title for the Italians in an Alfa 155.

  • 1994

    DTM with the Mercedes C Class A new protagonist rolls onto the stage of Germany’s most popular Sunday afternoon entertainment: the Mercedes Benz C Class. The 1994 season is full of suspense until the end; in the final race Klaus Ludwig triumphs again, in a racing version of the new Mercedes C Class. This is the third title for the Champion from Bonn. Another highlight in 1994 is the return of Mercedes Benz to Formula 1, supplying the engines for the Sauber team.

  • 1995

    In 1995 Mercedes wins the Championship again, this time with Bernd Schneider at the wheel. With a total of 11 wins, Bernd dominates the season. Meanwhile defending Champion Ludwig has moved to Opel. In the same year, DTM goes international: for the first time the Class 1 Touring cars also race in Mugello, Estoril and Helsinki, cheered by enthusiastic crowds.

  • 1996

    Competition in both DTM and the International Touring Car (ITC) series with the Mercedes C Class (13 wins). Bernd Schneider wins both the DTM Championship and the ITC title. End of the line for DTM: Alfa and Opel announce their withdrawal. Especially the 4-wheel drive cars have become to expensive. In Hockenheim 100,000 fans bid their idols an emotional good-bye. Farewell DTM!

  • 1997

    Competition in FIA GT Championship with the Mercedes CLK GTR (6 wins), Bernd Schneider wins the driver’s title.

  • 1998

    With the Mercedes CLK GTR in FIA GT Championship (10 wins). Ludwig and Zonta win the GT Drivers Championship title and AMG is crowned GT Team Champion. Mercedes dominates the 1998 GT season, and in Laguna Seca the Championship title is decided between the team’s drivers. Klaus Ludwig crowns his international career with the driver’s title.

  • 2000

    The beginning of a new era: the DTM is back. In touring car sports comeback in Germany, Bernd Schneider wins 6 races and is crowned champion of the new Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Klaus Ludwig finishes the season in third place. Mercedes drivers win 8 out of 16 races, including 3 doubles. Mercedes also wins the manufacturer’s title, ahead of Opel.

  • 2001

    In the second year of the new DTM, six drivers divide up the ten races. Bernd Schneider is crowned DTM Champion for the third time, and is also the first driver to successfully defend his title.

  • 2002

    Defending Champion Bernd Schneider in the new Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM. The Championship drivers are joined by Jean Alesi, a veteran of 201 Formula 1 races.

  • 2003

    In the tenth and last race at Hockenheim, Bernd Schneider wins the 2003 DTM Championship. At the end of the season, Christian Albers was trailing Bernd Schneider by only 4 points.

  • 2004

    The AMG Mercedes team starts into the 2004 season.

  • 2005

    With two Championship titles, Mercedes and the AMG team continue to dominate the DTM.

  • 2006

    With two Championship titles, Mercedes and the AMG team continue to dominate the DTM.

  • 2007

    HWA AG is off to a flying start: in addition to a new C Class DTM car for the 2007 season, the company plans its stock exchange listing for the first half of 2007. A new era begins for the Affalterbach team.

  • 2010

    In 2010 HWA wins the championship with Paul di Resta.

  • 2012

    Team AMG-Mercedes to debut DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé based on Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé in 2012 DTM season. New, improved safety concept with state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque, a high-strength steel roll cage and six crash structures

  • 2013

    Team AMG-Mercedes starts in the season 2013 with six DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupés. In this season Roberto Merhi, Gary Paffett, Christian Vietoris und Robert Wickens will compete in the four DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé cars of the HWA team. Daniel Juncadella und Pascal Wehrlein starts for RSC Mücke Motorsport.

  • 2015

    HWA wins the championship with Pascal Wehrlein and the team championship with gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG.

HWA AG was founded in 1998 as a spin-off from AMG, which was established in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht. HWA AG  was established as the Mercedes Benz customisation specialist.

Towards the end of 1998 Aufrecht sold a majority interest in AMG Motoren- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, as it then was, to DaimlerChrysler AG. In the process of disposal, motor racing – what is today the AMG-Mercedes Team in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) – and parts of the customised vehicles construction business were spun off and transferred to HWA AG.

The vehicles and vehicle components business develops and builds sports cars for Daimler AG and Mercedes-AMG GmbH. In addition to its DTM racing team, since 2003 HWA has also developed, manufactured and serviced racing engines for the Formula 3 European Championship and the British Formula 3 Series.