DiCaprio involved in new Formula E team
9 December 2013 – Venturi Automobiles on Monday announced a joint venture with Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio to enter a new team for the inaugural Formula E season.
DiCaprio, a keen environmental activist outside his acting duties, has founded the Venturi Grand Prix Formula E outfit with Gildo Pallanca Pastor, head of Venturi Automobiles.
The squad claims the 10th and final spot for the 2014/15 electric championship.
"The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles," said DiCaprio.
"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."
After the opening Formula E campaign, Venturi plans to become a full-blown constructor, building its own machine using a powertrain set-up based on the 3,000bhp unit in its electric land speed record creation, entitled the Venturi VBB-3.
"Venturi has been a pioneer in electric high performance vehicles for more than a decade and Formula E gives us the fantastic opportunity to further improve our advanced technologies through motorsport, as well as compete all over the world," said Pallanca Pastor.
"It also gives us the chance to be part of a new racing programme with a project that really shares Venturi's values for clean mobility, innovation in the field of electric propulsion and energy efficiency optimisation."
The 2014/15 Formula E grid:
Drayson Racing Formula E Team - UK
China Racing Formula E Team - China
Andretti Autosport Formula E Team - USA
Dragon Racing Formula E Team - USA
e.dams Formula E Team - France
Super Aguri Formula E Team - Japan
Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team - Germany
Mahindra Racing Formula E Team - India
Virgin Racing Formula E Team - UK
Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team - Monaco