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Leonardo DiCaprio launches electric race car

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Oscar nominated actor and vocal activist for the planet, Leonardo DiCaprio, has launched with Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team the world’s first fully-electric race series set for September 2014 through 2015 race season, reports Associated Press from Monaco today.

‘The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles,’ Leo 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.’

Formula E denoting 'electric' is a new FIA Championship using electric single-seater race cars capable of speeds in excess of 225km/h. The series will compete in the heart of 10 of the world’s leading cities including Beijing, Los Angeles and London.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoter Formula E Holdings, welcomed DiCaprio to the series. ‘Very few environmental leaders have helped more than him to spread the message of sustainability around the world,’ Agag said. ‘Having people like him and Richard Branson -- global ambassadors for the environment -- is a privilege for our championship and will greatly help us to spread the use of electric cars in cities around the planet.’

The Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team based in Monaco will also consist of its co-founders Bert Hedaya, Francesco Costa and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of Venturi Automobiles. Venturi Automobiles as a pioneer in electric race cars has proven for more than a decade that it is the leader in electric race cars. Venturi is the current holder of the world land speed record for an electric vehicle; a Buckeye Bullet 2.5 clocked 307 mph in 2010.

‘Formula E gives us the fantastic opportunity to further improve our advanced technologies through motorsport, as well as compete all over the world,’ stated founder Gildo Pallanca Pastor.

Since car batteries in these race cars last 25 minutes, pit stops will allow a change of car for the race.

Fox Sports has signed a multi-year deals with the FIA Formula E Championship and the International Motor Sports Association.

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