Venturi Automobiles has joined forces with award-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio to enter a new and final(tenth) team in the new FIA Formula E Championship.
The new FIA Formula E Championship series will start in September 2014 with single-seater electric race cars capable of speeds in excess of 140mph.
The series will compete in 10 of the world’s leading cities including Beijing, Los Angeles and London.
Based in Monaco, the new Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team has been co-founded by DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles, together with Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa.
“The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles,” DiCaprio said. “Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort.”
Venturi Grand Prix is the tenth and final team to enter the new zero emission series, joining international names from around the globe like Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing, Asia’s China Racing, Super Aguri and Mahindra Racing, and European squads Drayson Racing, e.dams, Audi Sport ABT and Virgin Racing.
The team also plans to become a constructor from the second season, building its own Formula E car using a powertrain based on the one used in its 3,000hp electric streamliner – Venturi VBB-3.