Leonardo DiCaprio has signed with Venturi Automotive to create the new Venturi Grand Prix FIA Formula E racing team, which will begin its inaugural season this coming September.
The team will be built around Venturi’s high performance electric cars, and plans to construct its own Formula E racer by its second season. The car will utilize a powertrain based on the one currently used in its 3,000hp electric streamling Venturi VBB3, unveiled by Prince Albert of Monaco during an event in Wendover, UT earlier this year.
To date the land speed record for an electric car is 370 mph.
“The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient clean energy vehicles,” stated DiCaprio. “Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be part of this effort along side Gildo Pallanaca Pastor (founder of Venturi Automotive), Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa.
Note: DiCaprio’s previous venture with environmentally-friendly vehicles involved heavy investment with the now bankrupt Fisker Automotive company. (see www.examiner.com/article/leonardo-dicaprio-revs-up-support-for-fi...)