Hollywood film start Leonardo DiCaprio has entered a team in the new electric motor racing championship Formula E.
As part of a joint venture with a Monaco-based team with Gildo Pallanca Pastor, owner of electric carmaker Venturi Automobiles.
“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.”
Alejandro Agag, chief executive of Formula E Holdings, said Mr DiCaprio’s involvement would boost the championship’s profile and interest in electric vehicles.
“I want to give a very special welcome to our Championship to Leonardo DiCaprio,” Agag said.
“Very few environmental leaders have helped more than him to spread the message of sustainability around the world. 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.”
Venturi joins e-DAMS, Andretti Autosport, Dragon Racing, Super Aguri, Virgin Racing, China Racing, Audi Sport ABT, Drayson Racing and Mahindra Racing for the 2014/15 season.