well, tell me - I used to work for them back in 1993-1995
Helping to develop and built the first proper Class 1 DTM car for AMG
I´m in the photo below, it´s 4:00am before we leave for the first roll out on a airfield close to Stuttgart - long time ago, when I was young&crazy
The land and core building where HWA is today used to be the horse stables.
As you may know Hans-Werner Aufrechts daugther is a world class rider.
And he still has a multi million $ horse stable, which is now another mile down the road, as they bought out a local farmer.
It´s located in Affalterbach, about 500 mtr´s from the old AMG buildings.
It´s about 25-30 km from Stuttgart, so not near the Mercedes plant.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source= ... 7&t=h&z=16
HWA is Mercedes´s "inhouse race team" at least for everything outside F1.
Not sure if they need/want to buy it, when H-W A. goes into the "other world", because they have "control" anyway. I don´t think that there will be anything HWA would do, which Mercedes does not o.k. - they are all amigos - big time.
I don´t think, that Mercedes really want/need another brand/label, they have AMG and it is working very well for them.
The HWA setup for the race team has more to do with the unions and the working laws in Germany.
You just can´t operate a successful race team inside a large coperation like Mercedes, these days.
With all the overtime, long hours, working on weekends etc.- it´s just a juristic nightmare.
You can see that across the board with all German manufactures.
They use external proxys
Audi - Team Abt Sportsline (DTM / Joest (LeMans) and BMW - Schnitzer, and even the "inhouse" race departments such as Audi Sport or/and BMW Motorsport are Ltd´s in there own right.
enjoy a piece of Mercedes racing history: