The upcoming FIA Formula E Championship just gained some serious star power in its quest to create zero emissions racing a reality. The series of races, set to happen next year, finds itself in the sights of actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, who has pledged his support in a joint venture with one of the ten teams involved in the Championship.
DiCaprio, said FIA officials, is working with Venturi Automobiles as part of the new Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team. It is based in Monaco and includes Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of Venturi, and Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa. Other teams this group will compete against include IndyCar outfits 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.
Those racing in the Championship next year will all initially make use of the same electric racer, which was unveiled back in mid-September, and which is capable of speeds in excess of 225 km/h. The series will compete in the heart of 10 of the world’s leading cities including Beijing, Los Angeles and London.
“The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles,” DiCaprio said in a statement. “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, besides landing DiCaprio, already has some serious chops when it comes to electric racing. The company, for example, is current holder of the world land speed record for an electric vehicle with 495 kph (307 mph).