DiCaprio joins team to race electric cars

  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 6:40 PM

Catch him if you can : Leonardo DiCaprio is getting into the electric race-car business. The Oscar-nominated actor announced Monday in Monaco that he’s partnering with Venturi Automobiles and will enter a team in the FIA Formula E Championship, which is the first series exclusively for electric cars. The DiCaprio-backed entry is the 10th and final entrant for the open-wheel series set to launch next year. “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,” DiCaprio said in a statement. The Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team will also have as its co-founders Bert Hedaya, Francesco Costa and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of Venturi Automobiles. Venturi Automobiles is the current holder of the world land speed record for an electric vehicle — a Buckeye Bullet 2.5 clocked at 307 mph in 2010.

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