Leonardo DiCaprio and Venturi Automobiles have announced plans to form a Formula E racing team.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Venturi Automobiles have announced plans to form a Formula E racing team.

Based in Monaco, the Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team will compete in the Formula E Championship which kicks off next September.

According to DiCaprio “The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles. 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.”

His sentiments were echoed by Venturi founder Gildo Pallanca Pastor who said “Venturi has been a pioneer in electric high performance vehicles for more than a decade and Formula E gives us the fantastic opportunity to further improve our advanced technologies through motorsport, as well as compete all over the world."

Besides announcing the formation of a Formula E team, Venturi confirmed their intentions to become a constructor for the series. Details are limited, but the company's race car will debut in the second season and use a powertrain that is based on the one used in the VBB-3.

Leonardo DiCaprio & Venturi announce plans for a joint Formula E team [video]